January 2, 2009

Dope to Release No Regret in March

Wow, I really did not think this band was still around. I am happy to discover they are. No Regret will be the band's first release since 2005's American Apathy. I love that album, the lyrics are not exactly deep, but if you want something that flat out rocks, it does the trick. The new album is set to land on March 10, 2009, so reports Blabbermouth.

It will be interesting to see how much the band has changed over the past few years, if at all. The band has gone through a number of line-up changes over the years. Since the last album, only two remain, Edsel Dope (of course), and guitarist Virus. To round out the lineup they have added Mudvayne's guitarist Greg Tribbett's younger brother Tripp on bass (formerly of Twisted Method), and ex-Genitorturer's drummer Angel Bartolotta.

While I would never consider Dope to be a great band, they have a lot to be admired. Edsel is a tireless promoter. He has kept the band going on the independent scene when their label deal went south. He has also done much to put tour packages together to keep them on the road doing their thing. If nothing else it is a success of personal drive.

I am looking forward to this album as well as the opportunity to see them live again. Their setlists may be a bit predictable, but the energy is first rate.


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