Blood Money Part 1 is a collection of jarringly powerful chants for the damaged. For those who have stumbled through life’s nefarious pitfalls and have come out on the other side bloody, broken, and angry, this is your album.
Dope has delivered a seductively dark Goth record with hot-blooded lyrics and glass shattering bass. However, this album is not complacent with one theme as it transcends a singular style and takes on an unexpectedly shifting role. A constant exchange takes place throughout the album, where the deep timbered scowls of songs like “Blood Money” step back and let high-octave vocals float above tech-savvy instrumental mixes, such as the song “End of the World.”
Only one sound stands consistently; the aggressive bass. It beats through the album with a gripping rhythm, accenting the bottomless depths of aggression. Even in “Shoulda Known Better,” the fun, yet powerfully twisted, song with a chorus that “whoops,” the thrumming intensity persists. This creates a potent mix that gives a much-needed anthem to the unique Gothic extroverts of the world.
“Numb” is aptly named for its lyrical content, but contradictory to its effect. More accurately, it can be described for its abundance of feeling. If this track was a person, he’d be a head-turning anarchist, with a black leather jacket, and a bad attitude. This is a pre-fight walkout track for those who have had enough.
Blood Money Part 1’s intense instrumentals, impassioned vocals, and ferocious lyrics burn into the shadowy crevices of our forever metal hearts.