STATIC-X, DOPE & More Honor Wayne Static In Bristol, UK [Review & Photo Gallery]

The original Static-X line-up from the 1999 platinum-selling debut full-length album, Wisconsin Death Trip – bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay – have completed their seventh studio album, entitled ‘Project Regeneration’ which is set to release sometime in November. The album will feature 12 brand new Static-X tracks and contains several vocal performances and musical compositions by the late great Wayne Static who passed away on November 1, 2014. The band has been touring with a masked singer who is using the name Xero. In addition to wearing a mask the mysterious vocalist is also dressed as Wayne Static featuring his signature spiked up hair and his long braided beard. The identity of the singer has not be unveiled and the band states they are trying to honor their late fallen singer Wayne. Since the bands first single was unveiled some fans believe that the singer is none other than Dope vocalist Edsel Dope and ironically Dope has been on both legs of the tour as a support act with Static-X.  One other thing to notice is that the order in which the bands perform. I would think Dope would normally be direct support for Static-X, however they have Soil as direct support and Dope playing before them. This would allow Edsel time to rest between the two bands sets. However, this is just an assumption other fans and I myself have, the singer could be a singer we all are familiar with or it could be someone completely unheard of. It’s not known yet whether or not they will ever identify their touring vocalist. It doesn’t matter to us who is behind the mask, we are just thankful to be hearing Static X again and honor the legacy that Wayne Static left behind. This UK/Euro tour includes support from Dope, Soil, and Wednesday 13, probably one of the best tours you will find this fall. Continue reading

Acey Slade On New Murderdolls Music “I Would Love To. I Feel Like The Stories Incomplete” Recounts Joey Jordison Pissing On Iron Maidens Tour Bus

Acey Slade has certainly carved out  quite the career for himself playing in a wide variety of bands over his 20+ years in the music business as the guitarist or bassist for such bands as Dope, the horror themed supergroup Murderdolls, to jamming with legendary rock acts like Joan Jett and more recently playing alongside horror punk icons The Misfits on their MASSIVE reunion shows.  As such Acey has seen and done it all and has amazing stories to tell about his time on the road. Continue reading

DOPE Announces Release of Retrospective Collection: Dope, The Early Years

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of DOPE‘s inception in NYC, The band is proud to announce the release of Dope: The Early Years 1997 / 1998, the original Story book and soundtrack of how it all began. The nu metal outfit’s true or uncensored story from its birth till date journey will be documented in the book, along with an extensive rare music collection which does sound like a delight one would have a hard time refraining himself from taking dibs in! Check out the details and pre-order links below.

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Edsel Of DOPE “I’m Not Sure That Our Consumer Is Really Built For Albums Anymore.” [Video]

Some bands from the late 90’s and early 2000’s have faded away. Others have made a stale return and then there are bands like Dope who have stayed true to their sound and succeed since their formation. From the very moment in 1999 when I first saw the video for “Everything Sucks” I was hooked. While their were dozens of nu-metal bands already taking over the airwaves Dope had that extra something that others didn’t. One of their keys to success is the lyrics by singer and founder Edsel Dope. The lyrics are some of the most relatable you will ever hear.Any listener can take something away from each and every song. The band is about to release their 6th studio album and the bands first release in 7 years. ‘Blood Money, Part 1’ released on October 28th 2016 via eOne Music. While we eagerly await the release of Part 2 of Blood Money we had the opportunity to speak with Edsel Dope.  Continue reading

DOPE / (HED)P.E. Announce U.S. Tour With ILL NIÑO On Select Dates!

Industrial Metal Veterans DOPE are teaming with G-punk innovators (HED)P.e. to announce their The Monster High Tour 2017 with metal rockers Ill Niño on select dates. “I’m really excited about this tour” says Edsel Dope. “We have never done a proper USA Tour with (HED)P.e., or Ill Niño, so this should be a really cool experience for the fans and for all of us…Me and Jared from (HED)P.e. are already talking about doing some collaborations before and during the tour… ” These three bands combined will make for a star studded evening across the 35 date tour. Ill Niño will be on the bill for 6 of those dates. Dope’s live show has really become a sight to behold. “We’ve continued to add to our production to each and every tour” Edsel says with a smile.. “The show is almost out of hand at this point”. Performances by Dope and (HED)P.e. will include highly interactive production, complete with 100 square feet of LED wall, geisers and more. The tour begins on September 9th at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Lynchburg, Virginia. The lineup for that festival includes these bands as well as Trapt, Drowning Pool, Flaw, Texas Hippie Coalition Everlast, Saliva and various others totaling more than 25 bands. It’s an incredible way to kick off a tour. Dope is of course touring in support of their recent album ‘Blood Money Part 1’ and may also be playing material from their upcoming follow up album ‘Blood Money Part 2’, while (HED)P.e. is also supporting their recent album ‘Forever’ which released July 22nd of last year. The tour snakes its way across 27 states from coast to coast and stops on November 9th in San Diego, California.  Continue reading

DOPE & COMBICHRIST Announce 2017 Coheadline Tour W/ Special Guests

Industrial metal giants DOPE and Combichrist are set for the Blood, Lust, Death Tour with special guests September Mourning and Davey Suicide. This will be Dope‘s first tour promoting material from their new album ‘Blood Money’. Combichrist will also be playing new material from their 2016 release, ‘This is Where Death Begins’. The tour kicks off in late February in Portland, OR and wraps up on April 9th in Los Angeles. Lead singer of Dope, Edsel Dope, had this to say about the tour: “We are very excited to get back out on the road. 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”. You can view the dates for the tour sponsored by Blackcraft Whiskey below. Continue reading

Editor’s 25 Best Albums Of 2016!

It’s an incredibly hard task to narrow down all the amazing albums that released in 2016 to a short list of 25. This year seen the reunion of some amazing acts and we lost several iconic musicians. My personal top 25 albums of the year not only includes veteran acts that you are probably familiar with, but also brand new bands or lesser known bands that blew me away with their sound. There are just some bands that have a way of capturing you moments into the first track. There are several other albums I wish I could have included in this list, but without further ado here is my top 25 albums of 2016:    Continue reading

DOPE Release Lyric Video For “1999” From Upcoming Album ‘Blood Money, Part 1’

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After releasing videos for “Hold On”, “Blood Money”, and “Selfish”, Dope have now released a lyric video for the track “1999” from their new album ‘Blood Money, Part 1’, scheduled for release on 10/28 via eOne Music. Releasing 4 singles prior to the album’s release just shows that the band is proud of everything they have accomplished on this album. The album is the band’s first studio album in 7 years. Edsel Dope has always been a master of lyrics and this album is no different. His life experience makes for amazing relatable songs. He truly bleeds passion into the music and passion is something that is absent from a lot of music in today’s music scene. Continue reading

Review: Dope – Blood Money, Part 1

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Some bands from the late 90’s and early 2000’s have faded away. Others have made a stale return and then there are bands like Dope who have stayed true to their sound and succeed since their formation. From the very moment in 1999 when I first saw the video for “Everything Sucks” I was hooked. While their were dozens of nu-metal bands already taking over the airwaves Dope had that extra something that others didn’t. One of their keys to success is the lyrics by singer and founder Edsel Dope. The lyrics are some of the most relatable you will ever hear.Any listener can take something away from each and every song. The band is about to release their 6th studio album and the bands first release in 7 years. ‘Blood Money, Part 1’ will release on October 28th via eOne Music. The band is currently on tour with Flaw and Motograter in what they are referring to as the Dope reunion tour which features the bands classic lineup of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus, & Racci Shay. Continue reading