Ministry is going to held a concert in Belgrade, and they are very happy that they are going to held a concert in Serbia!

The of the most influential and the most important industrial metal bands of all time, Ministry, led by a lively frontman Al Jourgensen, one of the legendary figures of the alternative scene, of the nineties in the last century, will perform for the first time in Belgrade on Sunday, June 4th, in 21:00 am. in Barutana at Kalemegdan .

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Nine years after the farewell tour, when the first and so far the last time a guest in our country, on the Main Stage at Exit Festival together with the Sex Pistols, they are  looking forward to meeting with Serbian audience again.

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Here is the statment of  the guitarist Sin Quirin about the show: ”I remember very well experiences in Serbia, this whole show! The people were great, stopping me as we walked in and were very pleasant. I remember, when we came to the stage, we were told that the Main stage was full of people. We had a great performance an, I am looking forward to return. I like to play everywhere, but there is something about a European audience, this great power, you can feel the electricity when you stand on the stage”.

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These pioneers of the industrial metal, which are present on the music scene for over 25 years,  are known as a visual attraction as well. At the planetary level the most memorable album is “Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed And The Way To Suck Eggs” from 1992, primarily single “Jesus Built My Hotrod“, which is considered  to be the most important issue of industrial music. It had a circulation of nearly 2 million copies and influenced on it to open the door for the mainstream success of artists such as Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails and Rammstein. Their music was also  a part of movie blockbusters such as “The Matrix” and “Artificial Intelligence” and  they worked on the soundtracks for the series of  series of horror films “Saw“, as well as the main musical theme, for  the popular American TV series “NCIS”.

The first video announcement :

This band is preparing a new album, which they say has a slow and darker tone that is a unique mix of past, such as “Filthpig“, “Dark Side of the Spoon” and “Psalm 69“. They find that the new record will surprise people in a good way.
Besides Al Jourgensen, lineup will perform at the Belgrade concert is: John Bechdel (Fear Factory), Sin Quirin (Revolting Cocks) and three musicians who are with other bands already performed in front of a home crowd, and they are: Cesar Soto (Pissing Razors) Jason Christopher (Prong) and Roy Mayorga (Nausea, Amebix, Shelter, Soulfly).

The second video announcement :

Tickets for the Belgrade concert band Ministry, which takes place in the context of their European tour, produced by “Strangefear“, are on sale through the Eventim, at a price of 2,490 dinars.

The third video announcement :

Link to the event, is herehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1743977922579080/

 

 

Ministry Performs New Song ”Antifa” At ”Blackest Of The Black Festival”, and they are going to release new album!

Industrial metal monsters Ministry played their  new song entitled “Antifa” during their  show on May 27th at the “Blackest Of The Black” festival, it will took place from May 26th to 27th  at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California.

“Antifa” is propably going to be  on Ministy‘s next studio album, which will tentatively arrive this fall. On the album there will be a  special guest appearances, and they are: DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello.

 

Jourgensen‘s side project Surgical Meth Machine released its  debut album in April 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded primarily at Jourgensen‘s home studio in Burbank, California with his  engineer Sam D’Ambruoso.

Jourgensen in 2016. announced the info to record a new studio album to follow 2013’s “From Beer To Eternity”, despite that  there would be no further Ministry  records, after the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia in 2012.

 

Ministry is going to held a concert in Belgrade after nine years, after farewell tour!

One of the most important  industrial metal bands of all time Ministry from Chicago, will held a concert on Sunday June 4th, in Barutana at Kalemegdan.

Thier  stage performance has a high energy level, that reaches the audience, creating a great atmosphere, but the same thing can be also excepted in Belgrade.

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They were established in Chicago in 1981, in their  earlier carrer they were a sythpop band. Already with the second release ” Twitch ” of 1986, and especially with the album ” The Land of Rape and Honey ”  they changed their  style of music and became pioneers of industrial metal. It was a reversal of the sound by which they became famous in music history.

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In the early nineties, the band experienced a global breakthrough, and a huge commercial success with the album ” Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed And The Way To Suck Eggs” with the song  ”Jesus Build My Hotrod ”, considered to be the most important song for the  industrial metal music. The album sold two million copies, and the band secured a place on the Lollapalooza tour, and opened the way to this  to mainstream path, their role models are Marlilyn Manson and Rammstein.

During the decade the group has passed a lot of musicians, the only original member of the Al Jourgesen, one of the legendary figure of alternative scene in the nineties

For the Ministry it can be said that they are a combination between alternative rock, punk with  industrial sound.

Although it was believed that thier first and last time in Serbia on the Main Stage Exit Festival 2008, will be the last tour of  Ministry, and they also announced that they are on their last tour, the band regrouped in 2012. A year later, they released the album ” From Beer To Eternity ”, which is dedicated to the guitarist Mike Scacco.

Tickets for the Belgrade concert of Ministry, in the production of ” Strange Fear ”, and the tickets are available from Monday  March 20th, and they can be purchased on Eventim servis, price of the ticket is 2,490 dinars.

Album Review: Dawn of Ashes-Daemonolatry Gnosis

1.The Initiation

2.Gods of the Antinomian Path

3.Smash Thy Enemies

4. Guardians

5. Core of the Black Sun

6. The Ritual

7. Augoedies

8. Sermon From the Horned God

9. I am Nephilim

10. Rulership of the Inner World

11. Magick of the New Aeon

12. Freezing Moon

American industrial black metal monsters Dawn of Ashes are going to release this upcoming album in June 9th. This release is has a strong and powerful vibe to it, the hole album is a soundtrack to some si-fi movie with the hole music of course, which is something unigue, and it gave the album, that si-fi story and the full concept to it. The album begins with the intro called ”The Initation”, this is like a introduction to the album, but also to some movie as well, which is amazing.

The first thing I noticed about this release, that it has so many great symphonic elements and music, so well combined with the hole blakcened death metal music and industrial part, which this album has the less.

Crushing riffs, with blast beats can go wrong, the atmosphere on the album is intense because of this, in a very good way. The influences of black metal, death metal, symphonic music, and a little bit of eletronic music, created some cosmic metal, I can’t explane this by words, but it’s something quite unigue. The band got back to a musical style from their first album ”Genocide Chapters” in some way, but it has something different to it, the approuch to the music is not the same completly, the symphonic music, that remaind’s me of a movie soundrack, gave that new sound to the album.

The song on the album ”Magick From The New Aeon” featuring. Linsday Schoolcraft one of the vocalist’s and keyboardist from  Legendary Britsh metal band Cradle of Filth, is magical, it is some sort of  love epopee, the vocals are combined so perfectly with each other, Linsday showed that her amazing voice can create, some very hypnotick beautiful atmosphere, it made the song so pure and so sinister at the same time, and vocalist Kristof Bathory gave that creepy but interesting vibe to hole song, and his growl vocals, were literally not from this from, but from out of space.

One more song that is quite different from the rest of the album is ”The Ritual” , it is a classical symphonic song, with growl vocals,  it sounds really good. This song is a classical movie song, I can imagine this song in some movie, just perfect symphonic song , and a introduction to the rest of the story on the album.

On the album the last song is a cover of Norwegian black metal titans Mayhem of the song ”Freezing Moon”. This band kind of added their own sound to the cover, which I like, because it’s not the same as the original, of course it can not sound as original, but no one can do it better that Mayhem, this cover has true black metal vibe, also that the original has too, but it has different energy to it, and the production made it different and fresh, great cover, by the amazing band.

Tehnical compliance is amazing, every tone is in the right place, acoustic is totaly balanced, production is not of this world, it ‘s awesome. Negative side of the album is that, in some parts of the album the symphonic music can’t be heard because of the crushing slam riffs, and  in some moment’s the symphonic music is louder than riffs. But it’s not such a big problem, the songs are perfect as they are, and each song has story behind, but music itself  is telling the story too, just perfect and rare, for any kind of music.

Dawn of Ashes is the band, that has always , had unigue approuch to music, with this album they showed that they are as a band on a higher level. For the fans this album, will be paradise for the ears, a story to tell, to live on and on forever.

Rating Album:9/10

Rating album: SAPRON


My name is Vladimir Cincović. This blog was created out of love for music.Support the magazine and blog Demon Reports, We need your support.

Ministry is going to held a concert in Belgrade in Serbia at June 4th, as part of their global tour!

One of the most important  industrial metal bands of all time Ministry from Chicago, will held a concert on Sunday June 4th, in Barutana at Kalemegdan.

Thier  stage performance has a high energy level, that reaches the audience, creating a great atmosphere, but the same thing can be also excepted in Belgrade.

They were established in Chicago in 1981, in their  earlier carrer they were a sythpop band. Already with the second release ” Twitch ” of 1986, and especially with the album ” The Land of Rape and Honey ”  they changed their  style of music and became pioneers of industrial metal. It was a reversal of the sound by which they became famous in music history.

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In the early nineties, the band experienced a global breakthrough, and a huge commercial success with the album ” Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed And The Way To Suck Eggs” with the song  ”Jesus Build My Hotrod ”, considered to be the most important song for the  industrial metal music. The album sold two million copies, and the band secured a place on the ‘‘Lollapalooza tour”, and opened the way to this  to mainstream path, their role models are Marlilyn Manson and Rammstein.

During the decade the group has passed a lot of musicians, the only original member of the Al Jourgesen, one of the legendary figure of alternative scene in the nineties.

For the Ministry it can be said that they are a combination between alternative rock, punk with  industrial sound.

Although it was believed that thier first and last time in Serbia on the Main Stage Exit Festival 2008, will be the last tour of  Ministry, and they also announced that they are on their last tour, the band regrouped in 2012. A year later, they released the album ” From Beer To Eternity ”, which is dedicated to the guitarist Mike Scacco.

Tickets for the Belgrade concert of Ministry, in the production of ” Strange Fear ”, and the tickets are available from Monday  March 20th, and they can be purchased on Eventim servis, price of the ticket is 2,490 dinars.

Society 1 Signs to DSN Music And Releases “It’s Yours Now” Music Video (featuring Sin Quirin of Ministry)

Legendary Southern California Industrial Metal group Society 1 has signed a deal with DSN Music to release their upcoming album Rise From The Dead, scheduled to release this March. Society 1, which was founded in 1996 by the infamous Lord Zane on lead vocals, also features veteran guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, bassist Dirt Von Karloff, and drummer Iorden Mitev.

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It feels good to be back at it again, like an old lover who fucked you better than anyone before or after” said Zane during a decadent signing party at the DSN Music complex in Malibu, CA. “Everyone has those moments when you resurrect and reinvent. This album Rise From The Dead is one of those moments.”

The comeback for Zane follows a hiatus during which he established a successful Hollywood career as a music video director, working on projects with such acts as Zakk Wylde, John 5, DMC, Wayne Static, and Orgy.

For me this isn’t so much of a return for the band but more a return of
my understanding of how necessary musical exploration is to my existence,” said Zane.

Society 1 gained a name for itself nationally for their wild stage antics,
including the Download Festival in 2005, where Zane broke several records by performing the entire set suspended from 4 meat hooks through his back.

Lord Zane is one of the most talented individuals you will ever come in
contact in our industry these days” said DSN President Guy Giuliano. “He has conquered every media platform, with a level of true professionalism, and he’s only really just getting started!

Rise From The Dead goes on sale worldwide March7, 2017 online and through all mobile outlets.

Photo by Anabel DFlux

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About the band:

Society 1 captures the essence of abuse, overkill and ultimate inspiration…”

One of the many quotes that describe what Society 1 has become since their inception. Love or hate what Society 1 stand for, no one can argue with the controversial recognition of this band. They have pushed limits that didn’t even exist prior to their existence.

LA Weekly described Lord Zane as an embodiment of “Morrisonesque shamanics and Satanic self-determination.”

“…as front man for the world-touring metal band Society 1, Zane took live performing to new heights by setting a world record as the first person to sing live before 40,000 people while suspended 30ft. off the stage by a series of steel hooks pierced through his back.” –The Metal Forge

“Few performers have offered up flesh and blood for their art like Matt Zane has.” – Dr. Abner Mality, Wormwood Chronicles

“… every show is so full of energy that I equate it to catching lighting in a bottle. Not only is it high energy, it drips with the sexiness of dirty Rock ‘n Roll mixed with the sound of grinding industrial metal.” – Examiner.com

(Number 2) ‘The 5 Most Irresponsibly Badass Live Rock Shows Of All Time’ -Cracked.com

(Number 6) ‘Top 10 Shock Rock Bands of All Time’ – OC Weekly

(Number 82) Exit Through Fear ‘Top 100 Industrial Rock/Metal/Coldwave Albums’ – Ilker Yücel, Editor-Regen Magazine

Members:
Matt ‘The Lord’ Zane – Vocals
DV Karloff – Bass, backing vocals
Iorden Mitev – Drums
Alex Crescioni – Guitar

DOPE / Combichrist Announce Blood, Lust, Death 2017 Tour Sponsored by Black Craft Whiskey

 Industrial Metal Legends DOPE and Combichrist are pairing up for the Black Craft Whiskey sponsored Blood, Lust, Death 2017 Tour. The bill will be rounded out with support from September Mourning and Davey Suicide. Launching Feb 27th in Portland OR, the tour winds through the Midwest, East Coast, and South before wrapping up in LA on April 9.

“We are very excited to get back out on the road ” says Edsel Dope.
“This will be our first time touring with Combichrist & we both have some really cool surprises planned for the tour…If you are a fan of Industrial Metal, this is one show that you don’t want to miss”.

“In addition to playing the Dope classics, this will be the first opportunity for fans to catch us performing some of the songs off of our new album Blood Money ” Says Edsel.

“Can’t wait to get back on the road in the US and actually play a full show for all of you again. Hope you’re all ready to party, because shit’s getting serious. We are packing the set full of old classics as well as our new favorite tracks” – Andy LaPlegua – Combichrist

Both Dope and Combichrist will play full sets on the tour.…

Exclusive Meet and Greet packages are available at Enter The Vault for all events…

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Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 Show Dates:
03/02 @ Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT
03/03 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
03/04 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
03/05 @ Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
03/06 @ Underground – Omaha, NE
03/07 @ Gabe’s Oasis – Iowa City, IA
03/08 @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St Paul, MN
03/09 @ Courtside – Dubuque, IA
03/10 @ Q&Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI
03/12 @ The Annex – Madison, WI
03/13 @ The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
03/14 @ The Agora – Cleveland, OH
03/15 @ HOME Bar – Arlington Heights, IL
03/16 @ Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
03/17 @ The Apollo Theatre – Belvedere, IL
03/18 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
03/19 @ The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
03/20 @ Trixie’s Ent. Complex – Louisville, KY
03/21 @ Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
03/24 @ Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/25 @ Fish Head Cantina – Halethorpe, MD
03/26 @ Arizona Pete’s -Greensboro, NC
03/28 @ The Haven – Winter Park, FL
03/29 @ The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
03/30 @ O’Malley’s Sports Bar – Fort Lauderdale, FL
04/02 @ Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
04/03 @ Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
04/04 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/05 @ Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, TX
04/06 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
04/08 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ
04/09 @ The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA

Source:High Road Publicity

PSYCHOLIES Announce Their First Ever UK Tour!

Industrial dark glam metallers PSYCHOLIES have announced their first ever UK tour, check out the dates and venues below (more information on the poster):

February 09 – Edinburgh @ Bannermans Bar
February 10 – Oxford @ Wheatsheap Oxford
February 11 – Carlisle @ Rockmantic Weekender

PSYCHOLIES released their debut album “Inner Labyrinth” worldwide on November 25th, via Trisol Music Group. Their official video for “F.U.L”, the opener track of “Inner Labyrinth”, was premiered on December 4th, watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CALtyBgOhLE

The video was produced by Visual Factory Arketipos artists, and presents the band at the center of his unmistakable sound atmospheres. A black vortex of sounds and images, animates the script of a story that is just a look on ‘dark world of Psycholies.

Order “Inner Labyrinth” here:
– iTunes: http://smarturl.it/PsychoTunes
– Amazon (mp3): http://smarturl.it/PsychoZon
– Amazon (CD): http://smarturl.it/PsychoCD

Check out PSYCHOLIES’ Video footage from tour, at Sentrum, Kiev 15.09.16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZRfiuDxH3g

PSYCHOLIES – formed in 2014 – are a four-piece industrial dark glam metal band from Bari (Italy), coming from previous musical experiences, with a huge number of live sets on their sholders. The band’s sound is a mixture of Industrial Metal, Softcore, Dark and Glam merged into a unique and unmistakable style. The Debut Album will be released in October 2016, for a big German Label. In these two years of work on the album, the band has played at festivals such as the Total Metal Festival 2014 (Bari), Trash Fest VII (Helsinki), Gothic Castle (Germany), furthermore PSYCHOLIES has toured Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Austria.

More information at:
BAND: https://www.facebook.com/psycholiesofficialhttp://vk.com/psycholies_official
MANAGEMENT: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAlphaOmegaManagement

Ayreon is going to held a live show next year with members of Kamelot, Nightwish,Symphony X and Blind Guardian

 

 

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Ayreonauts will take place in September 15th and 16th of 2017 in your calendars! These will be  the days that you can hear AYREON live. AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen has chose the best songs from the AYREON albums and “Star One” to create an  special and exclusive live AYREON show: “Ayreon Universe”. The show will be held  at the 013 venue in Tilburg by the very best original AYREON vocalists and instrumentalists.

The next will be an exciting year for Arjen Lucassen, with a new AYREON album that is going to be released and his first AYREON live shows ever with “Ayreon Universe”. In contrast to “The Theater Equation”, “Ayreon Universe” is comletly organized and arranged by Arjen Lucassen personally, assisted by Joost van den Broek.

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“After the huge success of the four sold-out AYREON theater shows in 2015, Joost and I decided to boldly go even bigger,” says Arjen. “This is a full-on ‘best of AYREON’ rock show in a big venue with as many original AYREON singers and musicians as possible. We’re calling it ‘Ayreon Universe’, and as you might guess, it’s a huge undertaking. We’ve had an entire team working on it for over a year already. AYREON fans have high expectations, and we want to be sure to give them a once in a lifetime experience that they’ll never forget.

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There will be no less than 16 original AYREON singers:

* Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH)
* Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X)
* Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD)
* Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN)
* Tommy Karevik (KAMELOT)
* Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH)
* Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA)
* Mike Mills (TOEHIDER)
* Anneke Van Giersbergen (THE GENTLE STORM)
* Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION)
* Irene Jansen
* Robert Soeterboek (STAR ONE)
* Edward Reekers (KAYAK)
* Jan van Feggelen
* Magali Luyten (NIGHTMARE)
* Lisette Marije (SCARLET STORIES)

The hand-picked band of 8 of Arjen’s favorite AYREON instrumentalists includes Ed Warby (drums), Johan van Stratum (bass), Marcel Coenen (lead guitar), Ferry Duijsens (guitar), Joost VAN DEN Broek (keyboards), Ben Mathot (violin), Jeroen Goossens (flutes, woodwinds) and Maaike Peterse (cello).

He add this also:”Ayreon Universe’ is bound to become one of the most unique live events ever in the symphonic and progressive rock/metal genre,” says musical director Joost Van Den Broek. “We’re combining a big selection of top vocalists and instrumentalists who have never been on one stage together before.”

“The music of AYREON sets the bar really high, pushing everyone involved to their limits. In the upcoming months of preparation towards the shows, we will do everything possible to create a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience and performance, living up to all the fans’ expectations.”

The “Ayreon Universe” live shows will feature a  songs from all AYREON albums (including from the upcoming release on Mascot Label Group), as well as a selection of fan favorites from “Star One”.

 

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DOPE Release Lyric Video for “1999” Off Upcoming ‘Blood Money Part 1’; ‘Blood Money’ Out 10/28 Via eOne Entertainment!

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October 24, 2016DOPE has released the lyric video for “1999” off of their hotly anticipated Blood Money Part 1 LP. Originally premiering on Loudwire, the final single anticipates the release of Blood Money Part 1 this Friday, October 28.

After much anticipation, the release date for Blood Money is finely upon us..
We’ve already dropped 3 full length music videos and today we are dropping a lyric video for the song 1999.
I anticipate that this song will be one of the fan favorites off the new record..
Looking forward to Friday!
Edsel Dope

Dope, Bood Money Part 1

Blood Money Part 1 Track List

1) Intro: Confessions of a Felon
2) Blood Money
3) Shoulda Known Better
4) Lexipro
5) Hold On
6) 1999
7) Razorblade Butterfly
8) Drug Music
9) A New Low
10) Hypocrite
11) X-Hale
12) End of the World
13) Selfish
14) Numb
15) Violet

Dope is concluding its first full USA tour in 6 years which featured a number of sold out performances. The tour will conclude at the whisky on October 30th before the band heads to Russia, the Ukraine and the U.K. For select shows in November.

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TOUR DATES:
10/24 – Lubbock, TX @ Backstage
10/25 – Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut
10/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
10/27 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Counts Vamp’d
10/29 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
10/30 – W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
11/02 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Zal Ozhidaniya
11/03 – Krasnodar, Russia @ Arena Hall
11/04 – Mosco, Russa @ Volta
11/05 – Ufa, Russia @ RK Ogni Ufy
11/06 – Kiev, Ukraine @ MonteRay Club
11/07 – London, England @ 02 Academy

About DOPE:

In all genres of music, we have witnessed countless successful bands that were here today and gone tomorrow. The true art that endures time and trends is often driven by a rare breed of dedicated and unrelenting individual, one who is borderline possessed with the need to get whatever is inside of them out. Money is great and fame can be cool, but these are the types of people who would be doing what they do with or without the rewards. They are making music and building visual representations because, deep down inside, they simply “need” to.

DOPE is exactly such a career entity: an endlessly creative, prolific and provocative force. DOPE inspires the full spectrum of reaction from their devoted legion of followers, and from those whose tastes penetrate deeply into the dark past of driving industrial music to the hard-partying savage beasts hungry to deploy and destroy to a cinematic soundtrack. DOPE is as much an idea as a band, a lifestyle and a cultural force; the brainchild of a singular, visionary mainstay known as Edsel Dope.

EDSEL DOPE continues to triumph against the odds, beginning as an independent Dope slinger in NYC who rose to the heights of daytime MTV, rock radio, major labels, and everything in between. Edsel and his fraternity-like assemblage of merry, roaming pirates, have recorded 6 full length albums, successfully toured the globe, while building a rabid “cult like” following who has consumed more than a million Dope albums around the world.

Dope is a unique story of a consistently successful band that has never had that one, universally identifiable song, which catapulted them into the mainstream, nor was Dope spun out of the success of another association. Instead, Dope is a band that has built its fan base through compelling live shows and remains connected to its audience through a deep catalog of music, which challenges its listeners to agree on any one favorite piece of work. Those loyal and dedicated fans are eagerly awaiting the latest Dope work, appropriately titled Blood Money (Part 1).

Blood Money has taken a bit longer to arrive than previous Dope albums. Because of this, there is a tremendous amount of new Dope music in the works, and, as a result, Blood Money will be at least a two part album.

“We toured virtually non-stop for more than 10 years” says Edsel. “It was just time for a little break from the ever present gypsy life. Once I was off of that unrelenting roller coaster for a minute, it became time for me to prioritize some other areas of my life, and to focus on some very important things that I had been neglecting for quite a while. During the down time I continued to write new material and the band continued to play regional dates, but there was definitely a shift from the (pedal to the metal) philosophy that had become the status quo, since the band first hit the scene. Because of this, it seemed to many that the band had gone into hiding, while the truth is, we simply shifted gears for a while.”
“The collection of songs written for Blood Money, represent a larger chunk of my life than previous albums. It only feels appropriate for me to keep all of these songs under the same title. Now that this process is fully in motion, I anticipate that Blood Money part 2 will follow part 1, relatively quickly…”

Blood Money picks up where our last album No Regrets left off” says Edsel.
“It is heavy, melodic, and technical, and like all Dope albums, it is very broad in its song selection and sound, while also touching on a variety of topics. Saying all of that, Blood Money is also a bit more of a personal album for me, a bit more of a look inward, rather than me looking outward on this album. I went through allot of growth, on a personal level, over the last few years and some of that is depicted in the new music.”

The massive hard work and undertaking that went into 2009’s No Regrets was somehow taken a step forward with Blood Money, breathing a refreshed sense of excitement and anticipation into the Dope community.

The video for the title track “Blood Money” goes above and beyond the modern standards. In a world where hard rock / metal bands are churning out low budget performance videos, or often times simple lyric videos to support their musical works, Dope continues to take their visual elements to a whole other level.

“The music videos and the artwork that surround the recordings are every bit as important to me as the music” says Edsel. “The music video for ‘Blood Money’ is one of my proudest works to date. I put a tremendous amount of time and effort into writing and producing the song, as well as in writing and directing the video.”

In addition, the band has already released music videos for the song “Selfish,” which is a destructively heavy track and like “Blood Money” is the type of Dope anthem that could have just as easily been on their very first album. “There are lots of flavors on this album” says Edsel, as demonstrated through the dynamic music video for the song “Hold On,” which celebrates the more melodic / soulful side of the band as well as showcasing some of their more modern and technical guitar work.

There are several more music videos in the works for the tracks “1999”, “Drug Music”, “A New Low,” and “Violet”, once again expressing the band’s commitment to its visual content.

“’1999’ will be the next video that we release” says Edsel. “The song is very much, a classic Dope song. Heavy as hell with an anthem style hook that the old school fans will certainly appreciate.”

Blood Money follows Dope’s No Regrets and American Apathy, both of which continued to fuel the bands post major label career and have combined to move over 150,000 copies in the USA alone. These work also achieved the highest chart positions for Dope albums thus far, proving that the band has been trending upward since returning to its independent roots.

The enormous Fast and Furious franchise, Scream series, Guitar Herophenomenon and cult thriller American Psycho all bear Dope’s bloody fingerprints. The bands music continues to serve as the landscape for multiple video games, tv shows, and films, continuing to demonstrate Dope’s sonic appeal.

The albums Felons and Revolutionaries and Life represent the bands major label debut and sophomore efforts, setting the world ablaze with anthems like “Everything Sucks”, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record),” “Now Or Never,” and “Die Mother Fucker Die”. The bands 3rd album, Group Therapy, was released independently, was self produced and contained a full length music video for every song on the album, a creative feat which, at the time, had not been accomplished by another artist.

Over the course of an increasingly impressive career, Edsel Dope has continued to handle the majority of Dope’s workload. His responsibilities on Blood Moneyinclude producing, engineering, mixing, programming, art conception, video direction, vocals, & live drums, as well as sharing writing and performance duties on guitar, bass, and more. All of this has combined to make Edsel an unstoppable Renaissance Man.

Blood Money features a unique mix of support musicians. Dope mainstay guitarist Virus can be heard on multiple tracks, while new musical partner Nikk Dibsplayed a large role in guitar / bass / programming and production. FormerChimera guitarist Matt Szlachta and Chicago shredder, DJ Nelson were also recruited by Edsel, for some of the guitar work and collaborations on Blood Money.

“I appreciate all of the people that contributed to this album and to Dope, in general throughout the years” says Edsel. “I have a talented support group, and a great team of (go to guys) for touring and recording. Every album has consisted of a different line up, so I have allot of talented people to choose from at any given time.“

“We are all grown ups and I have a truly great relationship with all of these guys” says Edsel. “Dope has been a bit of a breeding ground for talent.. So many of the dudes that came up through the Dope fraternity have gone on to be part of some very successful things”: Device, Static-X, The Murder Dolls, Joan Jett & The Black Hearts, and most recently Marilyn Manson and The Misfits Reunion, just to name a few.

Dope is currently engaged in the Die Mother Fucker Die Reunion Tour, which features the classic Dope line up of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus, and Racci Shay. The line-up recently recorded Dope’s first ever (live album) , Live From Russia, Fall of 2016.

“This tour has been a lot of fun,” says Edsel. “It’s been a long time since the four of us have toured together. The Live From Russia album is one of the coolest things Dope has ever done. It consists of 21 of your favorite Dope songs, all together on one killer sounding record. We recorded it half way across the globe and is packed full of live energy and emotion. It was allot of work, but well worth it, it really sounds great!”

The Dope manifesto is simple: individualism, self-empowerment, resistance to authority, and a take-no-shit from anybody attitude, balanced with a non-pretentious sense of humor. There will always be people committed to saying what they feel, to break out from the pack, and to simply be themselves. For those people, let there always be Dope.

Source: High Road Publicity