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Reviews CD Reviews Industrial Dope Stars Inc.- 21st Century Slave


ARTIST: Dope Stars Inc.

ALBUM: 21st Century Slave

LABEL: Metropolis Records

REVIEWER: Matthew J.

DATE: 9-23-09

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The first full-length album from Dope Stars Inc. to be released on a North American label, this release is a perfect introduction to the Rome, Italy-based band's blend of hard-hitting synthesizers, rock 'n' roll attitude, and sleazy futurism. "Omegadrones" starts things off with Blade Runner samples and a shout-along chorus delivered over crunchy guitar overdrive and thumping techno beats, then segues right into the jackhammer beats and industrial metal riffs of anthemic title track "21st Century Slave." It's fist-pumping music seemingly designed for shouting along with, drawing inspiration from punk's revolutionary spirit as well as the more obvious electronic, industrial and metal influences; "Criminal Intents" even has a chorus of "Whoahs" that wouldn't sound out of place in a Misfits or Ramones song, and for all its epic power, the real highlight on "Neuromantics" isn't the thunderous guitar riff but lead singer Victor Love's infectious vocal melody. For all their intensity, Dope Stars Inc. are a rock band at heart, and while their lyrics are dark and pessimistic, there's also a strong undercurrent of party music in their arrangements, like the perky synths underneath the speedy metal guitar work of "It's Today" or the dance floor electronic grooves of "Digital Warriors." There are also quieter moments, like the snarly but melancholy "When I See You Smile," which combines the grit of Marilyn Manson with a lush sort of boyish romance that recalls the heyday of the '80s power ballad. Aimed squarely at the dark rock 'n' roll set, Dope Stars Inc.'s blend of cocksure rock attitude, dance synths, and industrial strength guitars will especially appeal to fans of groups like HIM and Gothminister.

Check out www.dopestarsinc.com for more information.


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