With two members from Melbourne, FL, and a chemistry major among their arsenal, it’s only a bit curious that Dope isn’t your typical hard rock band. Unlike most, Life, their second album (a follow-up to Felons And Revolutionaries) has undeniable rhythm, and they seem to work together rather than against each other. The first single, “Now Or Never” is one of the most typical tracks on the disc — it borders more on alternative than hard rock, with comprehensible lyrics and actual meaning. “Take Your Best Shot” is almost wicked enough to dance to, “Nothing (Why)” is a Deftones sexy tune with promising lyrics and Metallica vocals. “Stop” has an electronic crust, while “What About…” starts off on an almost hip-hop foot and turns into Limp Bizkit type rock. “Move It” (“Daddy when I grow up I want to be a topless dancer so I can make lots of cash“) is the hardest song on Life, with an almost White Zombie sound, and “Jenny’s Crying” is catchy, though really sad (and kind of stupid). The slow “With or Without You” has it’s promises of being close to the best song, at least lyrically. Despite the bad reviews that Life has mostly received, it’s right up there with Kittie and Disturbed. It’s hard enough, fast enough and if it’s not the most intellectual record, it serves its purpose and does its time in the rock world.

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