Opiate for the Masses

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Opiate for the Masses
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Genres Rock
Years active 1999-2009
Labels Warcon Enterprises
Century Media
Past members Ron Underwood - vocals
Dustin Lyon - Guitars
Elias Mallin - Drums
Ryan Head - Bass
Seven Antonopoulos - drums
Anna K. - bass
Andy Gerald - Guitars
Jim Kaufman - keyboards/guitar

Opiate for the Masses was an American rock band from Phoenix, AZ in 1999.


Opiate for the Masses was founded in 1999 by singer Ron Underwood, drummer Elias Mallin, guitarist/keyboardist Jim Kaufman, and guitarist Dustin Lyon.[1] The group's name is an alteration of Karl Marx's famous aphorism, "Religion is the opium of the people".[2] Opiate for the Masses self-released a demo album entitled New Machines and the Wasted Life in 2000. In 2005, the band signed with Warcon Enterprises and issued the album The Spore.[3] By this time the group had added Seven Antonopoulos on drums and Anna K. (of Drain STH) on bass.[1] The group played the Taste of Chaos tour and opened for Static-X, Avenged Sevenfold, My Chemical Romance, and Disturbed on tour.[4] In 2008, the group signed with Century Media and released the album Manifesto.[5][6] The group followed the release of Manifesto by touring with Filter.[7] In 2009, the group disbanded.

Original Members[edit]

  • Ron Underwood - vocals
  • Elias Mallin - Drums
  • Dustin Lyon - Guitars
  • Ryan Head - Bass
  • Jim Kaufman - keyboards, guitar

Touring Members[edit]



In 2010, original Opiate for the Masses members Ron Underwood, Elias Mallin, Dustin Lyon, Ryan Head, and guitarist Andy Gerold played a reunion show to a sold out crowd in Tempe, Arizona.


  1. ^ a b Opiate for the Masses biography, Allmusic
  2. ^ The Spore review, Exclaim!, July 1, 2005.
  3. ^ Staff Review, Punknews.org, September 27, 2005.
  4. ^ OPIATE FOR THE MASSES Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. Blabbermouth.net, February 4, 2008.
  5. ^ ReviewMelodic.net, July 2008.
  6. ^ Review. Pop Matters, September 9, 2008.
  7. ^ OPIATE FOR THE MASSES: New Video Interview Available. Blabbermouth.net, July 1, 2008.