"10,000 Watts of Artificial Pleasures" CDEP
Genres: dark metal, goth metal
Nov 22 - 28 2004
Fresh from Italy comes the unfortunately named Dope Stars Inc.
At first glance, I thought this band was all-female, but I think it was just
the hair and makeup. In actuality, these are two girls and two
guys playing aggressive, dark goth metal. Put simply, this is a
more hardcore and synthy version of Marilyn Manson. DSI
have the horrifically scratchy vocals and violent guitar riffs down,
and their use of chirping electronics adds a gloomy, creepy slant to
the music. 10,000 Watts is a nice find for
fans of violently aggressive, dark metal - Dope Stars Inc. have
added some well-placed synths and a nice eye for melody, but this will
likely prove ineffectual for anyone but genre diehards.
Fun Fact: 10,000 Watts includes
a cover of Billy Idol's "Shock to the System."
6 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2004]