Group Therapy (Dope album)

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Group Therapy
The band logo is over a rugged red cross. The rest of the background is burnt beige.
Studio album by Dope
Released October 21, 2003
Genre Alternative metal, nu metal, industrial metal
Length 39:25
Label Artemis/Recon
Producer Edsel Dope
Dope chronology
Life
(2001)Life2001
Group Therapy
(2003)
American Apathy
(2005)American Apathy2005

Group Therapy is the third studio album by nu metal band Dope. The enhanced portion of the album contains a music video for each song. Group Therapy shows the band expanding on the more alternative metal style music the band had started on their previous album, Life, and most of the industrial style music has been toned down. The album contains some of the band's most heavy and aggressive songs while certain songs such as "Sing", "Another Day Goes By" and "Easier" show a softer, more melodic sound. In the second half of 2004 the album had already sold about 37,749 in United States.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
CDNow 4.5/5 stars
Melodic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Group Therapy garnered mixed reviews from music critics. Magnus Altkula of Sputnikmusic praised the album's production quality and instrumentation work for being improvements over previous records with Dope's inspirational lyricism, saying that "[T]he band has matured a lot but still have room to grow and I hope that one day they land a real masterpiece."[3] Kaj Roth of Melodic commended the band's industrial direction with newfound musicianship but felt that it lacked memorable tracks that other bands like Orgy and Godhead had, calling it "An okay record, no more!"[2] Johnny Loftus of AllMusic found the album better than 2001's Life but felt that Edsel Dope's take on the nu-metal formula was too reminiscent of Korn and Linkin Park with insincere introspection, concluding that "Dope has focused its fiery attack on Group Therapy, and that should at least get the pit roiling at shows. But Edsel's agenda is still riddled with cliché, and this fact robs the record of any lasting spark."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Edsel Dope, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Falling Away" 2:51
2. "Bitch" 3:06
3. "I Am" (Dope, Virus) 3:04
4. "Motivation" 2:53
5. "Sing" (Dope, Virus) 3:05
6. "Now Is the Time" (Dope, Virus) 2:50
7. "Paranoia" 2:41
8. "Bring It On" (Dope, Virus) 3:14
9. "Another Day Goes By" (Dope, Virus) 3:19
10. "Today Is the Day" 2:55
11. "Burn" (Dope, Virus) 3:06
12. "Easier" (Dope, Virus) 2:58
13. "So Low" 3:14

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Group Therapy adapted from AllMusic.[4]

  • Edsel Dope - bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, programming, sampling, vocals, vocals (background), A&R, arranger, art conception, audio engineer, audio production, composer, director, engineer, producer
  • Virus - guitars, keyboard, vocal (background)
  • Sloane "Mosey" Jentry - bass, vocal (background)
  • Racci "Sketchy" Shay - drums
  • Heather Thompson - vocals (background)
  • Stephen Franciosa - editing
  • Mike Graham - photography
  • Ted Jensen - mastering
  • Jay Baumgardner - mixing
  • Joe Morena - editing
  • Shawn Nowotnik - assistant
  • Chip Quigley - A&R
  • Daniel Wyatt - A&R

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Top Heatseekers[5] 16
Top Independent Albums[5] 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Group Therapy - Dope". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Roth, Kaj. "Dope - Group Therapy". Melodic. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Altkula, Magnus (December 18, 2008). "Review: Dope - Group Therapy". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Group Therapy - Dope | Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Group Therapy - Dope". Billboard.