Dope
No Regrets


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (65 Reviews)
March 11th, 2009 | 21 replies | 11,316 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 4 years after the release of "American Apathy", Dope show that they can still kick some serious ass on this fun record.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Dope really don't get a lot of recognition in the rock/metal community today. Maybe it's because none of their albums have won any special awards or charted well or maybe it's because they haven't released an album in 4 years and a band with this much popularity faded out of thought to all of us. Regardless, they are back and better then they ever have been before.

I got this album with a lot of anticipation. "American Apathy" was a great album, but it lacked the catchi-ness that made "Life" such a great and fun record. It didn't flow that well and got boring easy. The music here however is much, much better. The Guitars are definetly worth noting, for they have improved drastically. Virus incorporates pinch harmonics and solos into a lot of the songs on this record, and it really works well. The riffs are fast, heavy, and catchy - just what you would expect in a Dope album except they are better than before. Edsel Dope pulls out all the stops on his vocal performance here. Listen to "Felons and Revolutionaries" then listen to this record...there is a big difference. His range is limited, but he uses all of it as best he can and it's great. On tracks like "My Funeral" he presents some of his catchy and great clean vocals with a great chorus that goes with the heavy riffs and on songs like "6 6 Sick" he screams his way through in a relentless onslaught that can only be Dope. the band also picked up a new Bassist for this album cycle - Tripp Lee Tribbett. In some of the songs his bass lines are hidden behind the crunching guitar riffs of Virus, but he does make his presence known in some songs. Angel, the drummer, puts out some great and heavy beats here and there and keeps the furious pace of Dope's music up in all the songs present here.

The album flows nicely from start to finish. Tracks like "Flatline" , "Interlude" , and "Bloodless" serve as intros to their respective corresponding songs and might seem to some people as unecessary, but they help the album flow through and I never saw a problem with them. The band also did a cover of the Billy Idol classic "Rebel Yell". While some might not see this as a big deal (countless bands have covered this song) , Dope actually did a great job and make the song fun to listen to. "Addiction" is another standout track. Being the album's first single, it features the guitar work of famous shredder Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society fame. His guitar work on the song is great and the solo is a great addition to the song. "Die, Boom, Bang, Burn, ***" is a live parody of the songs "Die MF Die" , "I'm Back" , "Sick" , "Burn", and F**k tha Police" from their previous albums. It's not a necessary trck to this album, but its still a cool listen and Virus makes all the riffs sound better than they do on the previous records (even throwing a solo in there as well). A lot of people might have alread heard the albums closer, "Nothing For Me Here", already on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as a bonus track. Its a great song, featuring fast riffs and a catchy, cleanly-sung chorus by Edsel that finishes the album suddenly and leaves the listener wanting more.


When it comes down to it, "No Regrets" really is a great album. Edsel and his band have never sounded better and most of the tracks here are great and fun to listen to, just like the other Dope albums. Being a fan of the band, I wasn't dissapointed, but their music is not everyone's cup of tea. 4 years after the release of "American Apathy" , Dope still today show that they can kick some serious ass no matter how many years they dissapear from the heavy music scene on this fun, fun record. Pick it up and give it a listen...you might just find yourself really enjoying this stuff.



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BassDemon333
March 11th 2009



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My 2nd review....although I will not just be doing reviews on Dope albums. I love this album. I tried to stay more away from the TBT review style this time. Let me know if you have suggestions people. Thanks.

Digging: Mudvayne - L.D. 50

xequalscore
March 11th 2009



437 Comments


I've never heard of these guys and I don't really get what they sound like from the review. Obviously they are metal band but, are they towards the more extreme end, the rock side, or who do they sound like?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2009



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is awesome. I think that you did a good review but i'm still going to make my own version of this. Just need to, because I think that I can make a very good review on this. POS

BassDemon333
March 11th 2009



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They are what some would call "Industrial Metal" or "Industrial Rock", sorry I didn't point that out in the reivew

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2009



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

naah, they have almost zero industrial elements. This album is best labeled as alternative metal. As a band Dope is labeled as a nu-metal/industrial rock, but this album is too heavy for nu-metal and doesn't have enough industrial elements to be one.This Message Edited On 03.11.09

xequalscore
March 11th 2009



437 Comments


Thanks, that clears things up a bit.

BassDemon333
March 11th 2009



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True, although Felons & Revolutionaries was heavily based around the industrial aspect of their music

MisterBeefy
March 17th 2009



244 Comments


Definitely have to give this a listen. Always been a fan of Dope.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2009



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if you have always been a fan of Dope then this will blow you away, believe me

MisterBeefy
March 18th 2009



244 Comments


I'll admit I was surprised by this album. 6 6 sick, and my funeral did blow me away. Then there were tracks like addiction that were just plain horrible. Luckily there was not many tracks like that and I really enjoyed this album.

encmetalhead
March 20th 2009



744 Comments


Advice: Get someone to proofread your reviews because I found at least one example where you switched tenses mid-sentence.

While some might not see this as a big deal (countless bands have covered this song) , Dope actually did a great job and make the song fun to listen to.

The last part is what I'm talking about, but i'm going to edit the whole sentence.
While a highly covered song, Dope actually recorded a fantastic version of the song and made it enjoyable.

Probably not the best way to correct it, but it fixes a lot of errors in that one sentence alone, and makes your statement shorter.This Message Edited On 03.20.09This Message Edited On 03.20.09This Message Edited On 03.20.09

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 20th 2009



3743 Comments


enc's like the worst reviewer to ever live so ignore him

gaslightanthem
March 20th 2009



5209 Comments


truth dat

encmetalhead
March 21st 2009



744 Comments


joshuatree, F*CK YOU!

fireaboveicebelow
March 30th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

how did this band get so much better after that godawful American Apathy

BassDemon333
March 30th 2009



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, simple....they changed their style

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2009



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thats a mighty good question, because American Apathy was a real disaster compared to Dope's other works. I think that the new members (Angel and Tripp) brought the life back into the band.

fireaboveicebelow
March 30th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tripp gets around a lot...in more ways than one haha

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2009



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But yeah seriously this must be one of best releases (if not THE best, sorry I am kind of stuck in the 08 still) this year so far for me.

omgraptors
October 12th 2010



813 Comments


wtf this is pretty good. I like it when bands don't try to "mature" or "evolve", because they lose their early awesomness at the expense of some better songwriting.
Here they are simply doing the same stuff but better.



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