After the brilliant "Criminal Intents" EP, the complete new
studio album from the digital warriors is now finally released.
And unlike the implication of the album title, DOPE STARS INC.
aren't slaves of the technological world.
They're loud, warlike, angry and political. They use the medium
of cybertech but combine it with the fury of punk. They combine
flimmering sequencers with aggressive guitars, distorted vocals
with persistently infectious melodies. And they arise out of the
sordid darkness of modern cities to live on the edge of the
abyss. Shimmering outlaws of virtual reality who fight the
system by using its own methods. For a long time now, their
music has not only been influenced by the elements of cyberpunk,
but also new metal, electro, industrial and rock.
DOPE STARS INC. are above all the musically realised version of
William Gibson's "Neuromancer", Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash"
and in terms of their sound, the further development of films
such as "Bladerunner". They show us the world how it really is.
Dirty, shimmering, full of neon glare and beautiful light. But
between all the superficialities are concealed feelings, and
above all, furious rebels who tear down the boundaries and defy
all categorisation: and all the while still damn young, loud and
sexy. And just as SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK once celebrated "21st
Century Boy", DOPE STARS INC. really have become symbols of the
new era. This is the sound of the new millennium.
The first edition of "21st Century Slave" is released as a
lavish six-panel digipak with an extensive booklet full of
sombre illustrations which perfectly sets the visual scene for
the story and which can be described without over-exaggeration
as a work of art. A collectors' piece which no fan of DOPE
STARS INC. should be without!
01 Omega Drones
02 21st Century Slave
03 It's Today
04 When I See You Smile
05 Digital Warriors
07 Criminal Intents
09 Outlaw Thrones
10 The World Machine
11 It's for You
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