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American Apathy Play

"F*ck the world and f*ck you too." That's the message Edsel Dope emblazons on the disc for American Apathy, a blunt and ugly summary of its profound selfishness. Edsel has never really been happy, as the aggro-metal bleat of 2003's Group Therapy proved. But with Apathy, Dope's namesake, singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, mixer, and co-art director has become a solitary man in blood-streaked dreadlocks screaming obscenities into a humongous, stinking well. The music is his usual brutal industrial metal. A guitar buzzes incessantly over the relentless pistoning of the drums, and everything from the dull, blaring groove to Edsel's angry shriek is processed and filtered to within a millimeter of humanity. It's powerful, but only in the sense that it will beat you to death. Edsel has his bitter anthems -- "I'm Back," "Survive" -- but he's at his wits' end in "No Way Out." "Fuck the World" is even more blatant, a sub-Ministry endorsement of nihilism as joy, because "I pissed off everything/I don't care what you think/I don't need it/F*ck the world." Dope's American Apathy is strikingly similar to (hed) pe's 2004 effort Only in Amerika, where (hed) mouthpiece Jahred endorsed a skewed policy of guns, marijuana, strippers, and ass-kickings. On "I Wish I Was the President," Edsel imagines himself as Commander in Chief. He uses the office for VIP treatment at the strip club and access to free blow and willing porn stars. (To be fair, he also pushes for a "mandatory raise for the underpaid.") American Apathy is unfriendly, uncensored, and unrelenting in its filth and fury. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi

Life Play

On Life, Dope maintains its resemblance to Marilyn Manson. There are some rap-metal touches on the album and some radio-friendly metal songs as well. ~ Bradley Torreano, Rovi

Felons and Revolutionaries Play

Dope plays a basic style of speed metal while lead singer/rhythm guitarist/songwriter Edsel Dope sings in a raging bass voice reminiscent of Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister. The sentiments expressed in his uncompromising, obscenity-littered lyrics can be accurately summed up in such song titles as "Pig Society," "Shit Life," "America the Pitiful," and the all-purpose "Everything Sucks." "F*ck tomorrow" is the chorus of "Spine for You," a song that also contains the lyric, "Bam, I'd like to bash you in the head." The unbilled eighth track on the disc is a cover of N.W.A.'s "Fuck tha Police." The CD booklet is adorned with cartoon artwork depicting the album's themes, and interpreting the lyrics as comic-book fantasy is the kindest way to treat them. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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