Following the announcement of their seventh studio album Blood Money Part Zer0 be released on February 24, 2023; New York electro metal pioneers Dope have released their first music video for the track “Believe” (feat. Drama Club). The video was produced by Edsel & Co Directed by Matt Zane. The video for “Believe” (feat. Drama Club) can be seen below.
The video features Fivel Stewart, who is best known for her work in the acclaimed series “Atypical” and recently in the Sam Raimi/Sandra Oh produced horror film “Umma”. The clip features Johnnie Guilbert, a solo acoustic artist who has amassed over a million followers across multiple platforms. The video follows Fivel and Johnnie on a psychedelic journey through the desert and beyond as the band continues their performance during a snowstorm. The energy of the song is very dark, but ultimately it resolves to help the listener find peace. Edsel delivers the lyrics to: “We live and learn, die and burn, so in the end. I believe in love, because that’s where it all begins.“
The song “Believe” was originally a demo of Edsel’s previously unnamed side project titled Theater club, which exploded onto the scene in 2014. Drama Club toured the world with Black Veil Brides, Falling in Reverse and also appeared on the set of 2015’s Warped Tour. The track’s video also features some of the latest efforts creative from Amie Harwick aka Amie Nichole, who worked as both choreographer and dancer in the video. Amie was a longtime friend of the band and tragically died after filming began.
Blood Money Part Zer0 is the band’s first release in 7 years and follows 2016’s highly successful Blood Money Part 1, which debuted at number 27 on Billboard’s top 200, selling over 15,000 units in its first week. Dope have sold over a million combined albums and amassed an incredible following of almost 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, while racking up over 100 million plays on their cult classic “Die MF Die”. In an effort to demonstrate the band’s sincere gratitude to its loyal fan base for over 2 decades, the band is donating Blood Money Part Zer0 FREE digitally. Long-time fans, curious listeners, and people who love free music can sign up to download the album for free from the band’s website. A physical pre-order will also be available on the band’s website for fans who wish to purchase the new album in different physics available here: www.DopeTheBand.com.
Dope recently released an introspective infomercial, which doubles as a behind-the-scenes look at Edsel’s real life, his private life, and his many businesses outside of Dope. A very private person, virtually inactive on social media, Edsel is intentionally secretive about what he does with his time between records and tours. This video serves as a direct message to fans, inviting them to see behind the curtain of the mysterious man, whose creativity they have supported for years. Ultimately, the video is ultimately an introduction to Blood Money Part Zer0 and will contain clips from the upcoming music videos for “Believe” and “No Respect,” but it’s also so much more. The Blood Money Part Zer0 intro video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/nOQamwy7cvw.
Dope will be touring in 2023 to support Blood Money Part Zer0 as a member of Machine Rise Tour with Static-X and Fear Factory. The 42-date trek begins February 25, 2023 in San Francisco, California and ends April 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Tickets for all Rise Of The Machine tour stops are available at: www.DopeTheBand.com.
Rise Of The Machine North American Tour 2023
February 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
February 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland
February 28 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
March 01 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
March 02 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
March 03 – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert Hall
March 04 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewery
March 5 – Sacramento, Calif. – Ace of Spades
March 07 – Phoenix, Arizona – Van Buren
March 8 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – El Rey Theater
March 9 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
March 10 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 11 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
March 12 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
March 14 – Atlanta, Georgia – Buckhead Theater
March 15 – Orlando, Florida – Plaza Live
March 16 – Charlotte, North Carolina – Underground
March 17 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
March 18 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – TLA
March 19 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
March 21 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live
March 22 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s
March 23 – Montreal, QC – Corona
March 24 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix
March 25 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
March 26 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
March 28 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Roxian
March 29 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
March 30 – Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs
March 31 – Strong. Wayne, IN – The Clyde
April 01 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
April 02 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
April 04 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
April 05 – St. Louis, MO – Del Mar Hall
April 6 – Indianapolis, IN – Le Vogue
April 07 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
April 08 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
April 9 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
April 11 – Denver, CO – The Summit
April 13 – Las Vegas, NH – House Of Blues
April 14 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
April 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
Dope has spent the past 25 years delivering its uncompromising message to the masses. Through their previous six studio albums, the band have never punched a punch with their music or their message. The band made a name for themselves in New York City and eventually signed with Epic Records for their debut. The second album Life spawned the track “Die MF Die” which became a staple of basic training and earned the band a devoted military following from that intro. The group has also enjoyed mainstream success through their inclusion in various movie soundtracks and wrestling integrations specifically with WWE. At a time when musical trends have changed, Dope has continued to maintain its relevance to its audience through direct correspondence with fans. This relationship attracts Dope’s approximately 1.7 million monthly listeners, places them in the top 1% of all streaming artists, and a dedicated following that most people ignore to this day. As the band prepares to embark on the next 25 years of their career with Blood Money Part Zer0, the world needs the brutal honesty that Edsel and Dope are known for.
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