Dope-Life-FrontalEver since I heard the news of a brand new album from Dope, I started re-listening to the bands previous work and remembered how much I loved the bands music. So for this week’s Album Of The Week, I have decided to pick an album from the band’s catalog and I chose the band’s second album Life. The band was riding high on the success of their cover of Dead Or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) so you’ll notice the album has more of a mainstream Nu-Metal style than Felons And Revolutionaries did. The album once again featured Edsel Dope (Lead Vocals), Simon Dope (Keyboards/Samplers), Acey Slade (Guitars), Sloane “Mosey” Jentry (Bass), Racci “Sketchy” Shay (Drums), and newcomer Virus (Guitars). The album was produced by Josh Abraham (Slayer, Velvet Revolver) and it was mixed by Andy Wallace (Slayer, The Cult). The album was released on November 6, 2001 and it peaked at number 180 on The billboard Top 200 charts and it went number 6 on the Top Heatseekers charts. It’s hard to believe an album like this has only sold 73,000 albums in the US. Nevertheless, this is one of my all time favorite records from the band and I am happy to present it to you

600x6001. Take Your Best Shot– an amazing in your face opener that talks about you having to go all out and take your best shot if you want to accomplish anything. 4/5

2. Now Or Never– One of my favorite tracks on the record and the first single released which has more of a hard rock edge to it in a track that is talking about a relationship. 5/5

3. Nothing (Why)– A track with a killer bass line that drives the song forward with those muted palm guitar playing in a track that seems to be about a guy who is happy that a relationship is over. 5/5

4. Stop– I love the sledgehammer like riffs with the music during certain parts, but I love the industrial influences that are mixed in the track.This track also features DJ Lethal on Turntables. 5/5

5. Thanks For Nothing– a Nu-Metal scorcher that talks about one sided relationships that are never a good thing. 5/5

6. Die Motherfucker Die– Every band needs a track in that era that was one of those songs that you could put on after a tough day and just say F*** off. This is definitely that track from Dope. 5/5

Dope-Life-Trasera7. What About…– a real kind of funky track with a cool bass line that features DJ Lethal on turntables. This track feels like it could have been in A Nightmare On Elm Street soundtrack. 4/5

8. Move It– A track that just reminds me a little of that Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe industrial metal sound and it kicks ass. 4.5/5

9. Jenny’s Cryin– The opening riff to the track sounds a little like the Halloween theme before the octane boosters kick on. The relationship with this Jenny seems really complicated. 4/5

10. With or Without You– The track starts off with a piano riff and you think that is where the track is going to go until a killer bass line and some hand claps appears to drive the verses. 4/5

11. Crazy– a very different track than what we have already been presented, but it opens with a cool guitar intro. 4/5

12. Slipping Away– A very cool track that starts with some clean channel guitars before it kicks into overdrive in a track that seems to be about someone who is trying to better their life, but the closer they get, it just seems like it’s slipping away. 5/5

13. March Of Hope– a track with sledgehammer like riffs and cool bass lines that bump. The track seems to be about trying to stay above all the noise. This is the other track that features DJ Lethal. There’s a hidden track at the end of this called You’re Full Of Shit.  4/5

My Final Thoughts– This has always been one of my favorite albums from the band and it showcased a different side to them. It showcased that they could write great songs. This lineup didn’t stay together very long, but it’s actually back together now which has me super excited. If you want to get into Dope, this is definitely one album to get into before you dive any deeper. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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