Dope are one of the many industrial metal hand-me-downs to attract attention
this year because of their Marilyn Manson-type sound. Equal parts industrial
thud and Rob Zombie-styled drop-tuned guitar rock, Dope aim for the addictive
rhythmic stomp of their influences. But while Dope may be derived from
pure sources, their filtration process creates a very potent mixture
without the excess and filler of the original form.
Instead, Felons and Revolutionaries sounds more energetic and
heady than much of either Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals or
Rob Zombie's Hellbilly Deluxe, perhaps because Dope know just what
elements will hook their users enough to score repeatedly.
"Pig Society" (RealAudio
excerpt) opens the album with lunging guitars and explosive snare
rolls clearing a path for vocalist Edsel Dope's effect-drenched growl,
"you don't know what it's like to be in me/ You don't know what I've
survived and you never would believe." Rather than the uber-heft of the
genre's untuned guitars, though, the song sounds urgent because of its
standard tuning, rapid riffs and 2/2 downbeat. The pace quickens as Edsel
launches the chorus diatribe: "sick of politicians and politics and prisons/
Lying and running my life/ You pathetic preachers and hypocritical leaders/
Smiling and wasting my time."
Next, the pace and tuning drop slightly, as "Debonair" (RealAudio
excerpt) revisits the quiet verse/loud chorus dynamic and
electro-pulse beat featured on Manson's Antichrist Superstar. A
slightly less incensed Edsel whispers and seethes about the uselessness
of high fashion and lavish belongings while the band flogs its gear.
Ultimately, what sets Dope apart from the flurry of industrial/metal hybrid
bands is their penchant for infectious melodies, which never interfere
with their churning rhythms and behemoth guitars. Songs like "Everything
Sucks" and "Kimberly's Ghost" (RealAudio
excerpt) compound marching rhythms with electronic beats to counter
drummer Preston Nash's headbanging thwaps. Meanwhile, Edsel's muscular
screams harmonize with thick guitar melodies that drop in like concrete