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"Let's go back to the start like it used to be / Before you fell apart and you blamed it on me / Back when you were my friend - do you remember back then? / All the plans that we made - can we get back to those days?"

Dope are a Nu Metal / Hard Rock band with industrial influences who exploded onto the New York City club scene in the late '90s and have enjoyed a relative degree of popularity ever since. Headed by their enigmatic frontman Edsel Dope, they have toured the globe relentlessly, and, as of the time of this writing, they have six studio albums to their name with a seventh due out this year.



  • Edsel Dope - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, programming
  • Virus - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Acey Slade - bass
  • Daniel Fox - drums


  • Simon Dope - keyboards
  • Tripp Eisen - lead guitar, bass
  • Sloane Gentry - lead guitar, bass
  • Racci Shay - drums
  • Nikk Dibs - lead guitar, bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jerms Genske - bass, backing vocals
  • Chris Warner - drums

Dope provides examples of:

  • Band of Relatives: Edsel's brother, going by the name Simon Dope, used to be in the band.
  • Break-Up Song: "With or Without You" and "Always" are both good examples of the "teetering on the brink..." variety.
  • Call-and-Response Song:
    • The live performances of "Die MF Die".
    • "Say 'I'! Say 'I'!"''
    • "Burn, burn, burn motherfucker! Say it!"''
  • Cover Version: They have covered Billy Idol, Dead or Alive, Depeche Mode and N.W.A.
  • Darker and Edgier: Their album No Regrets takes on a more traditional, modern heavy metal approach, with guitar solos and more aggressive drumming.
  • "I Am" Song: One of their songs off Group Therapy is entitled just that.
  • Intercourse with You: "Let's Fuck", "Addiction", and "Sex Machine".
  • Lighter and Softer: To many fans, their 2003 album Group Therapy.
  • Love Is a Drug: "Addiction".
    She's like cocaine, heroin, alcohol and vicodin...
  • Love Nostalgia Song: "Always", lyrics from which can be seen on the top of this very page, although it is implied that Edsel is still in the relationship as he wrote the song.
  • Medley: "Die, Boom, Bang, Burn, Fuck", off No Regrets.
  • Misattributed Song: Their cover of "You Spin Me Round" is commonly thought to be done by Marilyn Manson.
  • Pep-Talk Song: In a way, "Take Your Best Shot".
  • Repurposed Pop Song: Dead or Alive's hit '80s single "You Spin Me 'round" was covered by them for the American Psycho soundtrack.
  • Rock-Star Song: Inverted, with "Debonaire".
  • Saved from Development Hell: "Bllod Money (part 1)" was released in 2016 after several years of recording.
  • Stage Name: Edsel Dope's birth name is Brian Charles Ebejer.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Sing", and "Another Day Goes By", both off Group Therapy
  • Title-Only Chorus:
    • "Let's Fuck", off American Apathy
    • "Die MF Die".