Dope
Felons And Revolutionaries


3.5
great

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
November 4th, 2009 | 20 replies | 9,659 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything sucks!...

...or at least that's how Edsel Dope yells in the successful, aptly titled single "Everything Sucks". Well, luckily, at least this album doesn't. Even though Dope, over the time, has been described as "soulless nu metal garbage" or "casual mainstream nu metal", I'd like to dispute that. Sure, the frontman and main lyricist, Edsel Dope, doesn't exactly write heart-warming and thoughtful lyrics and the whole attitude of the band is the somewhat stereotypically angsty "*** you, punk!", Dope is still a fair amount different from your casual nu metal band, both musically and stylistically.

One thing that catches the ear right away on this debut is that Felons And Revolutionaries isn't very nu metal at all (like Dope's two following records would turn out to be). Lot of turntable effects are used prominently throughout the album, the guitars sound muffled and dumbed down on some of the songs, and the whole cd has a "cold" atmosphere. Altogether, Felons And Revolutionaries sounds more like industrial rock with a slight nu metal influence. The only songs that could really be considered nu metal are "Everything Sucks", and the N.W.A cover, "*** The Police". Another thing this album has, that is completely against nu metal standards, is the extremely fuzzy production which also enhances the cold atmosphere Felons… has. Songs like "Intervention" and "Wake Up" are fun fuzzball-blazers.

While nothing spectacular by any means, Felons And Revolutionaries does exactly what it should do - it either gets the party going or just provides an easy listening experience. The songs [excluding "Intervention", "Pig Society" and the unexpectedly well-executed cover of "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)"] are mostly slow-paced and the focus point is definitely on Edsel's vocals. That's not to say the vox completely overshadow the rest of the band. While the drumming and bass are kept in the background, turntable effects and guitars are always solidly audible, even if the spotlight doesn't aim for them.

If one is questioning about the album really being for him, the best songs to check out would be "Everything Sucks", "Sick", Kimberly's Ghost", and "America The Pitiful", as those songs exhibit all the different qualities this album has. "Everything Sucks", like already previously mentioned, is this album's nu metal bomb, delivering angsty lyrics and a solid nu metal sound in an industrial rock wrapper.; "Sick" exhibits Dope's ability to fuse slow verses with a speedy chorus; "Kimberly's Ghost" is a great representative of the cold nature of this album – down-tuned, uncharitable guitars playing over Edsel's lingering vocals. It also has the most mesmerizing chorus on the whole album. Finally, "America The Pitiful" is a good representative of the slow songs on this album. "Crunchy guitars" and "slow-tempo" are the keywords for this song.

What Dope has created here is a (due to lack of a better word) nice industrial rock album. The album is interesting, and even somewhat original, although, it does start to drag at the end, after "America The Pitiful". "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" is a great closer, but the others between the two songs could have easily been left out. Still, despite the few derivative factors, Felons And Revolutionaries is a solid industrial rock album and is definitely recommended for any fan of either the industrial rock or nu metal genre. Sure, Dope did go on to bigger and better things from here (overall quality wise), initially converting to nu metal and after that turning into a really solid alternative metal band, but that doesn't make this album any less enjoyable.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

don't worry Willie, I'll still do The Shizit during this week. This right here was just a quick write-up, something to turn me away from my exhaustive studies for a bit.

witchxrapist
November 4th 2009



11012 Comments


People still care about this band?

bloc
November 4th 2009



34740 Comments


their 2005 studio cover of Fuck the Police is sweet.

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Waior
November 4th 2009



11447 Comments


good lord

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it is. The "Fuck The Police" version here is much weaker

also, lol at Waior haha

jingledeath
November 4th 2009



7104 Comments


well that was quick, nice review dood

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks Irad

BassDemon333
November 4th 2009



3359 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, good to see someone wrote one for this. This is their weakest album next to "American Apathy", "Life" is much superior....but there is a heavy Industrial influence on this one which makes it stand out imo.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed that American Apathy is their weakest by far and, like described in the review, this even sounds more industrial rock than nu metal. Life is supperior to this but I also covered all that in my final paragraph.

BassDemon333
November 4th 2009



3359 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, they really made a mess of an album on that one. No Regrets is awesome though. I enjoy the first 4 tracks on here a lot, they are very catchy. The bass line in Sick is awesome.

Thompsonhunt
November 4th 2009



279 Comments


haha I used to love Everything Sucks, I even bought the album a million years ago only to be utterly disappointed with almost every aspect of it... 3, no

MassiveAttack
November 4th 2009



2688 Comments


That cover is dope, psh lol

Fugue
November 5th 2009



7352 Comments


Nice review as usual man. Never heard of these guys so I cant say much about the music.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2009



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why thank you mate. I don't know how you take nu metal influenced alternative metal, but if you like it, you definitely need to check out Dope's last effort NO Regrets

witchxrapist
November 5th 2009



11012 Comments


They're pretty bad, sorry METALSTYLES

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha no problem, to each his own, I for one like them.

Wizard
December 12th 2009



19306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I had no idea you did a review for this. Solid one at that! I remember buying this 10 years ago because I thought the album sounded cool by some hyperbole I read in a magazine hahahaha. Catchy album though.

Digging: Downer - Downer

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2009



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks man, and yea, this is catchy. Today is like sputnik's official nu metal day. All these old nu metal albums brought up. The cool kids must be watching and thinking: "WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON IN SPUTNIK???"

Wizard
December 12th 2009



19306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sputnik is pooping out some nu-metal babies, that's whats up.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2009



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mm, tasty shit right there



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