Sound — 7
Crunchy. Loud. Noisy. Those are the hallmarks of No Regrets. Dope always dosed their aggro with industrial, machine-like flourishes, which helped them to attract a broad cross section of fans that also love Marilyn Manson. No Regrets is a combination of metal and melody, crunch and charisma, which radiates from frontman Edsel Dope. This is probably the band's most musically sound record of their career proving that they are anything but hacks. Dope have survived for a reason and that's because they have a keen sense of melodicism, which makes their songs almost annoyingly catchy. There's lots of groove all over No Regerts, too. There's no doubt that plenty of strippers will be gyrating all over their poles to these songs, because there is a bit of sexiness to 'em. While Dope are often classified in the nu metal category, the album is thankfully devoid of any rapping or chest-puffing bravado. There's just a lot of measured anger and some nasty riffs on "Addiction" and "Sick." Love them or hate them, you can't deny that Dope know how to fashion infectious choruses and singable anthems. These songs may not be up there with, say, the legends like Priest or Maiden or Slayer or Panetra, but Dope are making decent contributions to hard rock in general.
Lyrics — 7
Chicks. Drugs. Rock n roll. Those are a few of the sordid and assorted topics that Edsel Dope addresses in his lyrics, which he delivers in his trademark, nasally yell. He's not trying to get all metaphysical or wax poetic about who, what, when, where and why or the meaning of life. As a result, songs like Addiction, where Mr. Wylde lends his handiwork, and "Dirty World" clamp their jaws down and address relationships, situation and problems we've all endured. We'll also give the band a few points for their cover of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell," which is a Dope'afied yet loyal version of the original.
Overall Impression — 7
Dope deserves some credit. Having bounced around from label to label over the past few years, losing a few members, including Edsel's brother and former keyboardist Simon about a half a dozen years back, Dope have endured a lot of business situations that make being in a band a royal pain in the ass. But rather than bitch, moan and lament all these problems, Edsel Dope and his cohorts look forward instead of behind them and channel that general frustration into their music, which is undeniably memorable. The record may not garner a chapter in the heavy metal history books in a hundred years or so, but that's not the point. It's a decent record that will satisfy Dope fans with a hankering for raunchy rock 'n roll. There's metallic crunch, a whole bunch of testosterone and a shit ton of melody here for the taking.