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Classic Album Review: Dope | Life

The New York nu-metal outfit combine pummelling industro-goth with patriotism.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Wanna know how much things have changed since Sept. 11? This second CD from New York nu-metal outfit Dope — led by brothers Edsel and Simon Dope, who claim they initially financed their band by selling drugs — is dedicated to “the brave men and women of the FDNY, NYPD, U.S. Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Armed Services” and others affected by the terrorist attacks.

Sure, it’s a noble sentiment. But in metal terms, it’s kinda like Marilyn Manson giving a shout-out to Colin Powell before he shreds another Bible. In the case of these Marilyn wannabes, the dedication might make a little more sense if it wasn’t included on a predictable album full of pummelling, rageaholic industro-goth with songs like Die MF Die or Take Your Best Shot, a carpe diem anthem with unfortunate lyrics like, “Try before you die / Cause that just might be today … Blow them away.” Brings a patriotic tear to the eye, doesn’t it?