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The group known to the heavy metal world as Dope was founded in the city of Chicago in 1997 by Edsel and Simon Dope, along with Tripp Eisen, Preston Nash, and Lanson Lang. The group is said to have been influenced by early 1990’s industrial metal groups such as Nine Inch Nails and Ministry.
It was said that the group would actually sell drugs in order to purchase the necessary equipment needed to form the band as well as simply make ends meet as musicians although that has never been established by a credible agency. The group would eventually embark on their first full length studio album and bring their metal sound to the public.
Dope would release their first album in 1997 called Felons and Revolutionaries, which would be off of the Epic Records label. The group would include fourteen tracks on the album including a cover of N.W.A.’s Fuck the Police as well as You Spin Me Round (Like a Record). From this album the group would have some media exposure due to the fact that some songs were featured on movie soundtracks.
After the release of their album they would go on an extensive tour in support of the record. Some of the bands that they would play with would include Alice Cooper and Kid Rock. After the tour, the group would take a short break to recover from the trials and tribulations of constantly being on the road but would go back to the studio to begin work on their next album.
The next album in their line up would be called Life and would feature a change in the group’s members. They would release two singles off of the album and both would make it to the mainstream rock charts. The single Now or Never would go to the number twenty eight position while the song Slipping Away would make it to number twenty nine shortly after its release. The album would climb to the number one hundred and eighty position on the Billboard Top 200 charts and make it to number six on the Heatseeker’s Chart, which would be the biggest commercial success of the band as of that time.
Further exposure would come when the band would compose the them song for WWE Forcible Entry wrestling and the song was called No Chance (In Hell). The group would go on to release other albums over the next few years. They would leave their record label and sign with Artemis Records to promote their albums to a wider audience. They would release their third studio album that was called Group Therapy, which would have a few songs to be featured on WWE pay per view events as well as the video game called MTX Mototrax.
The band would become embroiled in an internal dispute but eventually resolve the issue and come back with their next album called American Apathy. The album would prove to be their biggest commercial success to date by climbing to the number one position on the Heatseeker’s Album charts. The group would embark on a heavy tour of the United States and is rumored to be back in the studio working on their fifth album.
The many fans of the group can visit their official website where they may find a more extensive history on the group as well as information on their new releases as well as up coming events. There also may be the chance to find free music downloads over the internet or songs that are listed on their website for internet screening.
Did you know that...
- ...Dope had a rivalry with the band called The Murderdolls.
- ...the group has released a DVD of some of their performances while on tour.
- ...the group has some of their music available on their MySpace page.