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.

History[edit]

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]

Discography[edit]

Reunion[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.

References[edit]

  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.