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  • When Dope announced their third album, Group Therapy, I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt that it would live up to every bit of intensity as their first two records (Felons & Revolutionaries and Life – Both of which are highly suggested as well.)Then Dope announced that they were giving us something special, a little something extra. After Epic Records retailed Dope’s second record, Life, at $18 a pop and refused to promote the recod or let Dope tour to support it, Dope realized that it was time to take matters into their own hands and do what needed to be done to get their music to the kids on the streets . . . without taking every bit of money the kids had in the process.To do this, Dope started by headlining and producing the $12 Riot Tour. Tickets were $12 and all CDs and t-shirts sold at the shows were $10. And the kids came running. Finally, decent music they could afford.Then, the next step was Dope and their manager, Chip Quigley, going out on a business venture together that would allow Dope to do things their own way and have total control over their muisc, careers and destiny. That business venture turned into Recon records, the label that Group Therapy was released on.The last step in dong things the Dope way was to not only record thirteen of the most killer tracks to ever be played by a band, but to also produce thirteen full length videos and include them on the disc along with the audio tracks. So, now you can listen to Group Therapy, or you can pop it into your computer and watch the whole album!!! Dope broke all the rules by doing that . . . no one had ever done it before. One video, each with it’s own individualized them and look, for every single track on the album.And what would something like this retail for? 13 songs and 13 videos? You’d expect to pay an arm and a leg for it, right? No. Dope released Group Therapy with a suggested retail price of only $13!!! (There are a few stores who are adding their mark-ups and charging more, but that is against Dope’s will.)So, even if this was not the most explosive album to hit the music scene in the last 10 years, the sheer value of what you’re getting from these guys is worth buying the record for.And the variety, versatility and pure talent on this record are amazing. Dope can take you from some of the angriest heavy metal on the planet (Burn) to the very next track (Easier) which has got to be the most heart-wrenching song ever written. Songs like Paranoia are driving, hard and brutal and then we go on to songs like Another Day Goes By that are just brutally honest and intense. This record runs the gamut of emotions from hate, anger, lust, pride and more.This is definately the most fulfilling album released to date, and one that should be required listening for every rock fan on the planet.

    Posted on December 28, 2009