Dope
American Apathy


4.0
excellent

Review

by DW365 USER (1 Reviews)
December 30th, 2005 | 21 replies | 6,128 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Artist: Dope
Album: American Apathy
Genre: Hard Rock / Metal / Industrial

Sounds like: Old school Filter, maybe some Stabbing Westward, Static X, and some Marilyn Manson (the newer, fast paced, �Golden Age of Grotesque� type stuff)

Dope is:
Edsel Dope �Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard & samples, programming
Racci Shay � Drums
Brix � Bass, guitar, keys
Virus � Guitar, bass, backing vocals, loops & samples

Track List:
1.I�m Back
2.Survive
3.No Way Out
4.Always
5.Bastard
6.Sex Machine
7.Four More Years
8.Revolution
9.Let�s F*ck
10.F*ck The World
11.I Wish I was the President
12.Dream
13.The Life
14.People are People
15.Bitch (alternate version)
16.F*ck Tha Police (2005 Studio Version)
17.Burn (featuring the Detroit Hate Choir)

American Apathy is the newest addition to Dope�s sonic arsenal. If you are a Dope fan and already own this album don�t waste your time reading this because you already know how good it is. For decades we have listened to music our parents have warned us about. Music that contains political opinions and/or a violent feel or content. Without the slightest bit of hesitation, I can honestly say that Dope is definitely one of those bands. Dope delivers their message straight up raw, without any sort of candy coating or censorship. This album contains direct blows to the current presidential party by using spliced clips from some of Bush�s speeches. They also break out of all the political banter, with some classic Dope sounding tunes laced with partying, women, and sex.

There is not a single note of clean guitar on American Apathy, but I can honestly say I barely noticed and didn�t actually miss it. The overall tone from song to song stays very constant, but still each tune still stands by itself. Tempo changes and vocal effect fluctuations fuel the aggression of each song for the most. Those aspects along with the lyrics are what clearly define each song as its own.

The words of Dope are not as clean cut in a dead set direction as one might suspect. The main weight of American Apathy may be politics, but the main target of those particular songs could easily be used on different events and/or targets. �Four More Years� is actually the only direct, biased attack on the whole album. It isn�t even a song. It�s just a clever and high quality audio splice of at least one of President Bush�s speeches. �People Are People� is the song that actually made me pause for a second and go �hmmm�. I never thought of it that way before.� It�s a song about how easily and quickly people hate other people even if they�ve never met or even know who that person might be. Track 11 is �I Wish I was the President�. I thought it was a rather amusing song about how Edsel would act and what he would do if he actually were the president. To sum up and clean up what is discussed in the song - picture a dreadlocked president living the �rock star lifestyle� with cars, drugs, and women.

This isn�t hate music it�s �fight music�. As a whole, I would describe this album as �politically charged, fast paced, industrial-metal, sprinkled with visions of sex, drugs, and violence�. American Apathy is definitely a step in the right direction for Dope.


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Shattered_Future
December 30th 2005



1539 Comments


The only Dope song I've heard is Die MF Die. And that cracked me up.

Good review at any rate, even if it is a bit short.

kornsoad132
December 30th 2005



31 Comments


ok cd

I'm Charming
December 30th 2005



332 Comments


The review was to short...

Sadly all a band needs to do these days is write political sounding lyrics to sell records... (Green day and soad) and now this...

I've always hated dope too... they are talentless.

/end bitch rant

encmetalhead
January 15th 2006



744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is an awesome band right here. i love this cd to death

Aakon_Keetreh
January 15th 2006



448 Comments


its alright i guess

Tacos
February 6th 2006



125 Comments


american apathy was good, but compared to group therapy......

the day this came out, i was in florida, so i went to downtown disney to pick it up at the virgin megastore. bastards had no idea what the hell i was talking about. so, i picked it up when i got back to jersey. still, i could have been listening to this while flipping off mickey mouse....

anyway, i think i shall try to review group therapy later.

Drunken Viking
February 6th 2006



1023 Comments


I hate this band and album, shity fucking music for shity fucking people.
/From Killswitch Engage DVD.

CushMG15
February 9th 2006



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This cd has a couple great tracks, but the rest of it is pretty much trash, IMO.

Decent Review.

Sidenote - "Let's Fuck" has got to be one of the worst song I've ever heard. So pointless, doesn't even work as a novelty.
And I believe that "People are People" is a cover.This Message Edited On 02.09.06

Blokus
March 11th 2006



155 Comments


Hahaha. This band makes me laugh. Good review btw.

TheInnerDarkness
April 12th 2006



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first time I've heard of this band and listen to their album. It's like a combination of Slipknot, Korn, a little of SOAD, and Rob Zombie.

TheInnerDarkness
April 13th 2006



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a pretty good album.

TheInnerDarkness
April 13th 2006



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is Death Metal, right?


Drunken Viking
April 22nd 2006



1023 Comments


Definately not.

pattern_recognition
April 23rd 2006



950 Comments


I actually like this album, but I like all their albums.
I know, I'm a freak.

Xander_Christ
April 23rd 2006



132 Comments


'People are People' is presumably a cover of the Depeche Mode song (I haven't heard this version, but thats what it sounds like). I'm hoping that Dope did a better version of it than A Perfect Circle.

pattern_recognition
April 23rd 2006



950 Comments


Yeah, it's a cover, and yeah it's better than APC's version.

TheMisterBungle
August 27th 2006



861 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Dope is horrid.This Message Edited On 01.19.07

devilss81
April 26th 2007



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i say if you havent heard any of their older stuff then you can go back to cutting yourselfs you emo freaks. everyone talks about there political lyrics but have you even heard I Am off group therapy or Motintaion, sing, now is the time ect. well that whole CD if about getting your fat aS but and doing something about your shi tty life. and not letting people push you around like we all know they do. Sing i all about joining to geather and makeing the world a kick aS place to live in. now before you all you emo freaks go bringing down this sweet aS fuking band why dont you throw you country CD back in and listen to them talk about hitting their wife or shooting there dog in the back yard. and then think about what you would like to hear the same thing over and over or something new that sounds sweet. so befor you going talking sh it about a band that all you heard was one song listen to their older stuff. and maybe you fuking emo people wont think your life sucks. and thats the end of me.This Message Edited On 04.26.07This Message Edited On 04.26.07This Message Edited On 04.26.07This Message Edited On 04.26.07

fireaboveicebelow
April 20th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

you are so goddamn stupid its unbelievable

honestly I like the older stuff but this is pretty boringThis Message Edited On 04.19.08

lordlanky
May 27th 2008



51 Comments


you are so goddamn wrong its unbelievable

honestly i think you should stfu



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