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Eldopa - The Complete Recordings Review

by Brodie

Eldopa, out of Oakland, CA, existed in one form or another form 1995-1998. Their brand of hardcore/metal came out of a scene that was much better known on the East Coast for bands worthy of recognition like Madball, Skarhead/Crown of Thornz, and 25 Ta Life. Eldopa, it seemed, attempted to do the same thing on the West Coast that their East Coast counterparts were succeeding at, but it's difficult at best to compete with the likes of the NYC HxC scene in the mid-nineties. What is contained here is the band's complete discography, including their full length 1997 release, post-name change (this release was actually under the name 1332). The album includes everything, from the aforementioned full length, to their demo releases, self-titled 7", and even live recordings from a radio show appearance.

Musically and lyrically, there isn't much to listen to here. It was obvious, for anyone who remembers Eldopa from back in the day, that their appeal wasn't in their musical quality, but rather in their tough-guy demeanor. It's not hard to imagine that they wouldn't have to be tough, coming out of Oakland, but between the personal problems that ultimately broke the band up, to not quite catching on in a wider sense to the hardcore/metal scene, Eldopa's demise was imminent. While this release showcases their complete collection of songs, it's not one that will see a lot of playtime.

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