The band was founded by song writer and lead singer Edsel Dope in 1997. As a child Edsel and his brother, Simon Dope, were separated when their parents divorced. When the two were adults, they reunited and Simon joined Edsel's band, playing keyboards. The pair then recruited Tripp Eisen as bassist, Preston Nash as drummer, and Sloane Jentry as guitarist.

Unlike many of the popular bands from the 1990s, Dope derived their sound from influences taken from hard rock bands and fused that with the sound of Industrial rock acts which had made waves earlier in the decade, such as Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, as well as Industrial music act Skinny Puppy.

In their earliest days, the band sold drugs to survive and purchase instruments Furthermore, the name "Dope" refers to drugs and drug culture, as shown by their early T-shirt designs which prominently displayed hypodermic needles, it as well refers to Edsel and Simon's last name.

The band also had some early connections with fellow Industrial rockers Marilyn Manson; drummer Ginger Fish shared an apartment with Edsel Dope in Las Vegas during the earlier 1990s, before either of them were in their respective bands. Also guitarist Zim Zum allowed the band to claim that they were "currently being produced by Zim Zum" on the cover of their promotional discs to help them gain a record deal. It was originally planned that Zum would produce their debut, however he was busy recording the album Mechanical Animals at the time. Lead singer, Edsel, has obtained a good friendship with ex-Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz.

- Felons & Revolutionaries -

Felons & Revolutionaries was created after performing onto the New York City club circuit, and releasing several promotional cassettes the band was signed by Epic Records. For the album's recording Sloane Jentry had left the band and Tripp Eisen moved to guitar, Acey Slade was brought in on bass. The album featured fourteen tracks including two covers, which were; "Fuck tha Police" by N.W.A. and "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by English new wave band Dead or Alive, which featured in the movie American Psycho. Debonaire was also featured on the Scream 3 movie soundtrack and the first The Fast and the Furious movie during the raid on the house scene.

Dope put everything into touring in support of the album, taking part in several national tours with various acts ranging from Alice Cooper to Kid Rock. This helped "Felons and Revolutionaries" SoundScan more than 250,000 units in total.

A live video for the song "Sick" was recorded to capture the energy of the group's live show. The first single and non-live promotional video released by the band from the album was Everything Sucks, which failed to chart. The second single -- a cover of You Spin Me Round -- saw the band gaining more attention; it received radio play and reached #37 on the US Mainstream Rock charts.

- Life -

After the relative success of their debut album, Dope decided to record a follow up entitled Life. Several band changes had taken place once more; Tripp Eisen left the group to join Industrial metal band Static-X. Acey Slade was moved up to the position of guitar, while Sloane Jentry (who had remained friends with the band) rejoined this time on bass. On drums Preston Nash was also replaced by Racci "Sketchy" Shay.

The two singles from Life; Now or Never and Slipping Away reached #28 and #29 on the Mainstream Rock charts respectively. The album itself reached #180 on the Billboard charts and #6 on the Top Heatseekers, which up until that point was the band's highest charting. After the album's release, Simon Dope left the group to pursue a career as a video game producer.

Debonaire from the first album was used in the movie The Fast and the Furious. More soundtrack work was done by Dope in 2002, as the band recorded WWE chairman Vince McMahon's theme song "No Chance (In Hell)" for the WWE Forceable Entry audio release. Previously Dope's music had been used as the background theme in ECW, also Rhino used their song "Debonaire", as his entrance theme.

Around this period, Edsel Dope also had a public rivalry with the band Murderdolls (particularly vocalist Wednesday 13). An early version of that group had featured Racci Shay on drums; and under the name Murderdolls, it featured Tripp Eisen. Dope guitarist Acey Slade then left the band to join Murderdolls in mid-2002.

- Group Therapy and American Apathy -

Disappointed with the label's perceived lack of promotion for the album, the band left Epic and joined Artemis Records, a New York independent record label. Rhythm Guitarist Virus, would now act as Lead Guitar in Slade's departure, he would contribute to the songwriting significantly.

Dope's third studio album was titled Group Therapy, it was innovative in that it also featured a video for each song; meaning in total those who purchased the album received thirteen audio songs and videos. One song from that album, Today is the Day served as the official theme song for WWE's pay-per-view event No Mercy in October 2003. The songs Falling Away, Bitch, Motivation, Burn, and So Low were featured in the video game; MTX Mototrax, in both full and instrumental versions.
American Apathy-era Dope: Racci Shay, Virus, Edsel Dope and Brix Milner

By 2005 Dope had regrouped once more, the band had a new bassist; Brix Milner. For their new album entitled "American Apathy", the band returned to a harder sound similar in some respects to their debut, in an Industrial metal style. Amongst the 14 tracks present was a cover of Depeche Mode's People Are People.

Although released eight years after the band formed, four albums in and on an independent label, American Apathy performed well in the charts. It was a #1 hit on the Top Heatseekers chart, for the first time in the band's history and it also saw the band's highest charting on the Billboard chart to date.

Ironically, Ben Graves of the Murderdolls joined Dope as the live drummer on a tour of Japan. In fact that wasn't the only inter-group mixing between the two bands; in 2006 Brix Milner filled in for the injured Kid Kid on bass, in Murderdolls front man Wednesday 13's solo band.

Edsel Dope and Virus became involved in an Alternative pop rock side-project with Edsel playing drums, called Makeshift Romeo. This also saw Edsel removing his dreadlocks which he had worn all throughout his time with Dope.

- Current and future events -

Dope has finished their spring tour of the United States, the tour, which took place over two months, included 22 dates. Tripp Lee played live on bass with the band (although Brix is still listed, and seems doubtful that he will return) and a new drummer named Angel, formerly of Pig and The Genitorturers has joined.

The band are currently working on their fifth album, entitled No Regrets. The band also recently recorded audio and video during a number of performances on tour that they are putting on the DVD portion of the new album. According to Metal Underground, No Regrets has been pushed back, with no set date.

It was announced on October 15, 2008 that the first single from No Regrets is called "Violence". The song is currently available to listen on the band's MySpace. There will be a music video, for "Violence", according the image the band set for album art. One of the tracks for the album was released in late 2007 in the game, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Guitar Hero III includes a song by Dope called "Nothing for Me Here" on the bonus list and mentions that it will be on the band's upcoming album.

In concert, Dope has stated that their new album is finished, but they need to make sure they "will get paid for it before releasing it".[cite this quote]

On July 29, 2008, Dope released American Apathy Reloaded—a CD of remixes and alternate versions of songs from American Apathy, plus a live DVD.

Virus, the lead guitarist, has a job at the Paul Green School of Rock, Fort Washington as a guitar/bass teacher. He gives Lessons to kids 8-18 on how to play well and get to where he is.

Virus has begun to produce up-and-coming bands, as well.

Formed in 1997 Chicago Heavy Rock band SOiL quickly took the scene by storm.. After their first independent release, the band was the first rock group signed by the legendary Clive Davis to J Records. The band achieved mainstream success with their major label debut "Scars" in 2001. SOiL is best known for the classic hits "Halo", "Unreal", and "Redefine".

The band went through brief line up changes until reuniting with original vocalist Ryan McCombs in October 2011 for a tour commemorating the tenth anniversary of their landmark album "Scars". The band permanently rejoined with McCombs after his departure from Texas act Drowning Pool in late 2011. The line up is currently completed with fellow original members Tim King (Bass) and Adam Zadel (Guitar). The band has sold over one million records worldwide with their album "Scars" hitting Silver in the United Kingdom following the anniversary tour. SOiL's first ever DVD entitled "Re-LIVE-ing The Scars" was released May 8, 2012 and was recorded live in London, England during the band's sold out 2011 UK Tour.

Following the release of the DVD, SOiL began writing new material and entered the studio in February 2013 with producer Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Breaking Benjamin) to begin recording their first album since the return of McCombs. "This was by far the most comfortable and natural recording process we have ever experienced" says guitarist Adam Zadel "From the writing, pre production, and through the main tracking and mixing, everything was smooth and fluid" SOiL's sixth studio album "WHOLE" will be released worldwide in August 2013 via AFM Records (worldwide) and Pavement Entertainment (North America). The album also sees the band going 100% independent with the release. "We wanted to call all the shots on this album and for the first time ever hold our future in our own hands" says bassist Tim King.

This will mark the first album with original frontman Ryan McCombs since 2004's "re.de.fine". The new album sees SOiL returning to its classic sound that both fans and critics alike have come to admire. The band hails the new album as "An album that could have come directly after the "Scars" album". Some featured songs from "WHOLE" include "The Hate Song", "Loaded Gun", "Way Gone", and "Shine On" which is dedicated to the SOiL fans for standing by the band throughout the years. Another track, titled "Amalgamation" sees Ryan taking song titles from both the SOiL and Drowning Pool releases he was a part of and weaving them into verses of the song.

Ryan McCombs's take on the lyrical process on "Whole": I think lyrically speaking, those that are familiar with the work I've done are going to get the next chapter that they would expect. Words from a heart and mind that has lived them. One of the greatest things I experience as a lyricist is when people come up and share with me how a song, or a specific verse or line from a song, got them through a hard time or times in their lives. It reminds me of the times music did that for me an how powerful music and/or a lyric can be in a person's life.

Drums and percussion on "WHOLE" were performed by Will Hunt who is best known for his work with Black Label Society, Evanescence, and Device."Will added a whole new dimension to the songs" states bassist Tim King. "He added a monstrous and aggressive vibe to the album".

A guest solo on the song "Wake Up" was also performed by long time friend Mike Mushok of the band Staind. "

The new album is a decisive step forward for SOiL" according to producer Ulrich Wild. "Back to their roots, of sorts, they are leaner, meaner and more mature. I'm thrilled to have been a part of it!"

Beyond Threshold

"This is a call to arms that encourages its disenchanted listeners to push Beyond the Threshold of anything or anyone that would try to hold them down!!" describes the ethics of hard rock powerhouse BEYOND THRESHOLD. Coming from different influences and genres has allowed them to develop into a truly unique, professional, and powerful heavy rock act. Conceived in 2006, this talented young band comprises of former members of several rock and metal outfits, and together are rapidly becoming one of the standouts of the hard rock music scene.

New school antics with old school roots give the band an unexampled edge in today’s music market. Powerful, Versatile, Intense, Unique, Heartfelt are all distinguishing traits that have come to symbolize the fundamentals of metal/hardcore/rock revolutionaries BEYOND THRESHOLD. "There should be no boundaries or limitations within our music. We embrace the fact that we are versatile as artists,” explains BEYOND THRESHOLD's lead singer Erik Virgin.

Since the release of their debut album “Revolution” in 2010, BEYOND THRESHOLD has been touring the US as supporting acts, such as; Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Chevelle, All That Remains, Powerman 5000, Pop Evil, Filter, Nonpoint, Flava Flav, Hed P.E, Fear Factory, Godforbid, Mushroomhead, Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Skindred, Soil, Primer 55, Taproot, Smile Empty Soul, Flaw, Everclear, Art of Dying, Filter, Walls of Jericho, Fuel, Saliva, Adema, 36 Crazy Fists, Dope, Ankla, Kittie, It Dies Today, Burn Halo, Motograter, The Autumn Offering, Mephis May Fire, Bobaflex, Los Lonely Boys, The Last Vegas, Oblige, Anew Revolution, Tonic, Black Sunshine, and many more.

BEYOND THRESHOLD has gained popularity and notoriety playing to thousands of screaming fans at radio festivals including Monster Energy Drink's "SHOWBOAT ROCK FEST", WXRX's "ROCKS THE ROCK”, and “SPIRIT OF PEACE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL” just to name a few.

Hard work has come to fruition as BEYOND THRESHOLD’s sophomore album entitled "WHO WE ARE" has been currently released worldwide with Goomba Music/Turkey Vulture Records/eOne. Tim King (SOiL bassist and Director of A&R at Goomba Music) had extended the opportunity to BEYOND THRESHOLD after witnessing the rapid growth and dominance the band has achieved on recent SOiL/BEYOND THRESHOLD tour runs. Tim King states, "When I heard the completed version of "Who We Are" I knew I had to team up with them to release it on Goomba Music."

This album marks the follow-up to their highly successful debut “Revolution” which was released in 2010 with Turkey Vulture Record's. "WHO WE ARE" will feature some of the band’s finest material and production to date.

Leaving Eden

LEAVING EDEN HAS PLAYED NATIONAL CONCERTS WITH: PAPA ROACH, KORN, MUDVAYNE, BLACK SABBATH, SHINEDOWN, THE MISFITS, ALICE COOPER, QUEENSRYCHE, LACUNA COIL, DAMAGE PLAN (DIMEBAG), MUSHROOMHEAD, POWERMAN 5000, BUCK CHERRY, ALICEINCHAINS , ILL NINO, TESLA, DROPKICK MURPHYS, CROSSFADE, DROPBOX, SALIVA, NONPOINT, KITTIE, MONSTER MAGNET, ::: Sevendust :::, DISTURBED, SHADOWS FALL, GUNS & ROSES GUITARIST, (BUMBLE FOOT), GODSMACK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HED PE, TAPROOT, IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER (NIKO MCBRAIN), DIECAST, GARY HOEY, JEFFERSON STARSHIP, BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING CO (JANIS JOPLINS BAND) 10 YEARS AFTER, COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH, TOM CONSTANTEN (GRATEFUL DEAD), RA, TAPROOT, SAVING ABEL, HINDER + MORE.

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