Dope
Group Therapy


3.5
great

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
December 18th, 2008 | 12 replies | 7,848 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best album by dope this far. Album should absolutely satisfie a Dope fan and should be an ok listen to someone who yet isn't. Good minor changes to the sound make this Dope's most mature and serous record.

Group Therapy is the third studio album of nu-metal/industrial metal band dope and in my opinion is the best the band has made so far. Dope`s first album "Felons And Revolutionaries"which was a mix of nu-metal,industrial metal and punk was an ok listen but did not blow you away. So when they made Group Therapy I didn`t have very big expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised with it.

One of the things that I liked was that dope had changed their sound a little bit: they had a much more nu/heavy metal sound on this album than before and did not have so much keyboards included. Also a lot of their songs had a very dark atmosphere that I personally liked. Dope`s songs had become more meaningful and really carried a good message with them(for example these songs: Sing, Another Day Goes By, I Am) so they were better to listen to than a song that says F*** Y** and Die 50 times during it(although I have to make an exception on dope on this one cuz they really can make even that kind of a song work really well). The bass, most of the time, sounds really deep and great. Virus (lead guitarist) does a good job on this album. He doesn`t make any solos but the album hasn`t suffered from it and his playing is still really good . Racci Shay does a very good job on drums. His drumming fitted perfectly in every song (my personal opinion) and gave a good background to them. Edsel`s vocals aren`t mindblowing but still very good and he has that nice unique voice. You can see that his vocals are becoming better and better in time and he seems to work really hard on them (a good thing).


Now to the overally good and bad.

+
good overall sound, Nothing special but very listenable, good drumming,bass,vocals and guitar altogether. Only about 1-3 songs left me cold

More mature approach, songs have a good point in them and often talk about real life situations. Even the one`s that don`t carry a bigger meaning are executed nicely and are a good listen

Nice development from the last 2 albums( "Felon And Revolutionaries" and "Life") in general.

Songs are catchy and don`t grow old very fast so you can listen to them over and over again while not getting bored and enjoying the music. Some of the songs even make you wanna sing along.

Better recording quality than in previous albums


-
Some songs may blend into eachother a little bit( thankfully most dont)

People who haven`t heard of dope before may not be so positive about this album(although it is a good album)

doesen`t quite blow you away






Overally it is a good metal album from a good metal band and worth looking into. The band has matured a lot but still have room to grow and I hope that one day they land a real masterpiece. But till then a Dope fan can be totally satisfied with "Group Therapy".

Songs I recommend:
Sing
I Am
Falling Away
Today is The Day
Bring It On

This is my first review and all comments and criticism is welcome .



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2008



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not terrible, but I have a few suggestions. More detail would be nice, look at some of the staff
reviews to give you an idea. It is formatted a little oddly, but that is easy to change. Also,
have someone else proofread your reviews, as this one has a lot of mistakes.

Congrats on your first and welcome to Sputnik!This Message Edited On 12.18.08

fireaboveicebelow
December 18th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

rating is iffy, I liked Life a lot better. the advice curseworship gave you is good too

DoctorNurse
December 18th 2008



475 Comments


Yeh there are quite a few errors in here, just need to iron them out. Like the above said, a little more detail is needed.

Zippermouth
December 19th 2008



1305 Comments


cuz

believe it or not, people here except you to use actual words. This isn't youtube.
Summary is too long, review is too short.This Message Edited On 12.19.08

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2008



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fireaboveicebelow, after your comment I gave "Life" another spin in my playlist and I have to agree with you on that its a very good album too. But im still very positive about Group therapyThis Message Edited On 12.20.08

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2008



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Zippermouth is a douche, and no help. Just look at some of the advice and your reviews should be on the upswing. Good luck man!

fireaboveicebelow
December 20th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah, I'm just surprised to see a Dope review here, kudos

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2008



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah thanks for the advice guys

Zippermouth
March 13th 2009



1305 Comments


Oh lol, I remember now...
sorry man.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2009



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh don't worry, I didn't mean it seriously anyway;). It's actually good that you negged, since this clearly isnt very good. Nevertheless this holds nostalgic value to me, since this is my first, poor, but first. So yeah like I said Zipper, don't take this all too seriously since we get along well now

PickleVai17
March 1st 2010



155 Comments


burn and paranoia are my favorites

StallionMang
August 1st 2013



5430 Comments


God, this band is so shitty.

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