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Skrape Up The Dose 
by Linda Spielman 

When the flavor of the month has now turned into the flavor of the moment, how does an avid music fan siphon through all the bands who seemingly all the sound the same? With the bevy of bands such as Puddle of Mudd, Trapt, Nickelback and many others what musical elements can a band bring to the table in which to carve their own niche in the alternative music scene?
 
With the sophomore release by the band Skrape entitled Up The Dose, the Orlando based band throws all caution to the wind and cranks all amps to high which leaves the listeners with no choice but to hear them. Having paid their dues on the touring circuit with their first release New Killer America back in 2001, enabled the band to broaden their lyrical limits by taking them to a more ambitious and over-the-top approach. "Over the last few years there were a lot of highlights...and some lowlights," explains Will Hunt the band's drummer. "And it all has to do with where we are right now, which is a great place." A 2001 tour with Pantera, Slayer and Morbid Angel helped the band develop a thick skin in dealing with the type audience the tour drew. Despite the sometimes harsh crowds, Skrape played on with wild abandon.
 
Experiences for Hunt like touring with one of his idols Tommy Lee and for frontman Billy Keeton, Phil Anselmo were truly musical dreams come true. "My experiences on tour with Phil Anselmo were life-changing to me as a musician, as a frontman, and as a songwriter
 
That wild abandon has somehow been bottled and recaptured in Up The Dose. Enlisting the help of Queensryche and Godsmack producer Jimbo Barton, and newly charged, enthused and musically driven CD came to life. The 11 track musical locomotive Barton produced was exactly what the band wanted from the start of production. The "old school feel" the band admired of Barton's past efforts and the way his songs have held up over time was a core element all the members of Skrape wanted Up The Dose to have as their final product. Barton also developed a strong bond with Keeton during the making of the CD. "He was able to bring my vocal performance up to another level entirely. He and I just clicked. Jimbo created an atmosphere that allowed me to explode vocally," as Keeton enthuses. 
 
The only way to describe this CD is a musical powder keg. Although the lengthy acoustic track "Searching For Home" is quite a departure from the other 10 tracks, it definitely shows the musical substance and control the band has over their lyrics and melodies. The first radio single "Summer Song" is straight out of the gate explosive. The heavy guitar driven track incorporates a great story; layered rhythms and a force that makes one stop in their tracks if they are just casually listening to the CD for the first time. 

Other tracks such Habit, Syrup, Bleach and the title track Up The Dose don't tread lightly on full-out sound from Hunt on drums, Keeton's vocals, Brian Miner & Randy Melser's guitars and Pete Sison's bass. Although one could compare Skrape to many of their peers such as Disturbed or Nickelback, but don't be so quick to lump the band from the Sunshine State with other bands. Up The Dose provides many twists and turns between track, with each one having it's own identity and life. What niche has Skrape dug out for themselves in the music world? A strong CD for people who want all the sound, edge and elaborate lyrical content that would turn a casual listener into a fan.
 
Skrape will be out this Spring in support of the their CD and for more information on the band go to www.skrape.com



CD Info 

Skrape Up The Dose  
Label: RCA Records
 
Tracks:
Bleach
Stand Up (Summer Somg)
Up The Dose
In The End
My Life
I Can't Breathe
Ocean, The
Searching For Home
Syrup
Habit
No Respect
 
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