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Dopesick - The Love and Terror Cult

The Love and Terror Cult
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 05 August 2017, 6:12 AM

Some bands with an experimental insight in their musical work must pay attention where things must go further, or it must stop. To expand frontiers in music is not an easy task, so you have to ponder what you’re doing. I know the musician is free, but, at least, what does he/she wants with his/her work? This is the impression I had when hearing this EP from DOPESICK. Its name is “The Love and Terror Cult”, and it can be a hard work to swallow for many fans.

Adam Albright (former SKINLAB member and a known guitarist who played some shows on Sebastian Bach band) is truly an icon in musical means, because he seems to break every frontier. In his music, you can find Industrial Metal and others modern Metal styles, but as well you’ll find elements from Pop, Grunge, Reggae and other musical styles that the puritan fans will hate, being honest. It seems to be a bit ahead of its time, it’s truly good, but it will really defy your senses and convictions. Produced by Patrick Burkholder at Pawnshop Studio in Van Nuys (CA), with drums tracked by Aaron Rossi (MINISTRY, PRONG), the EP has a very good sound quality. Yes, it’s truly fine, and to bind together the band’s musical elements is a hard work, but they did it.

We can say that DOPESICK’s musical work can be understood in two different parts: on the first, you hear the three instrumental songs, “Aug 1969” (almost filled with an imminent war/invasion feeling and nasty effects), “Fruitvale” (a tender and melodic song with focus on guitars) and “Hayes and Webster” (an industrial song, with fine aggressive riffs and good melodic solos). On the second part, the songs with vocals that are “Ride the Night” (a mix between Rap/Reggae parts and some distorted and screamed vocals on the chorus) and “Release Me” (that has a modern and Grunge Rock influence, with some New Metal insight and brutal moments as well). So I can assume that his musical eclecticism is beyond some understanding, but it doesn’t mean that his work is not good. It is good for being in this way, but I truly recommend Adam to put it into a more coherent format.

For now, this EP is really good.

Originality: 9
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 5
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

1. Aug 1969
2. Ride the Night
3. Fruitvale
4. Release Me
5. Hayes and Webster
Adam Albright - Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Synths
Jared Gomes - Vocals, Melody on “Ride The Night” (guest)
Cristian Machado - Vocals on “Release Me” (guest)
Scott Sargeant - Drum Machine, Noise on “Hayes and Webster” (guest)
Record Label: EMP Label Group


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