Los Angeles-based quartet OPIATE FOR THE MASSES has inked a deal with Century Media Records. The group's new full-length album, "Manifesto", was recorded by two Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producers: Ulrich Wild (STATIC-X, DEFTONES) and John Travis (KID ROCK, BUCKCHERRY). The new offering is a propulsive mix of sheer hard rock aggression, soaring melodies and electronic experimentation that could be best described as ALICE IN CHAINS meets THE PRODIGY. A summer release is expected.
The group’s talents and determination are also well respected by their peers. Chester Bennington (LINKIN PARK) states: "OPIATE FOR THE MASSES...I think they're going to be big." Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD) agrees: "This is the band to look out for in 2008. They are a great rock band with an edge, and certainly a must see live. They will f*ck you up."
Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT) comments: "OPIATE FOR THE MASSES is nothing short of hypnotic. Tracks such as '21st Century Time Bomb' and the somber lull of 'The Habit' make this new album a must have for fans of industrial, goth, metal and new wave."
Commented OPIATE FOR THE MASSES guitarist Jim Kaufman: "Since its conception, OPIATE FOR THE MASSES has been a band in a constant state of transformation. Unwilling to change course merely to fit in among the flavors of the week, this band has gained popularity by blazing new trails for others to follow. The completion of our latest and boldest album, 'Manifesto', signals a new era for the band's experimentation, yet the resulting sound is something more accessible to the masses.
"We are also extremely pleased with the addition of world-renown musicians, Seven Antonopoulos and Anna K [former DRAIN STH bassist Anna Kjellberg], as their great recording and live contributions added so much depth to our arsenal. The group feels that the final puzzle piece has been put into place as it has teamed up with Century Media to release this musically ground-breaking record. This is such a great opportunity for band and label alike. Both parties are comprised of forward-thinking, hard-working and true fans of music."
OPIATE FOR THE MASSES created a solid buzz and diehard fanbase with its self-produced debut album, "The Spore", backed by a slew of major tours alongside AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and STATIC-X, among countless others. They were also a featured act on the inaugural Taste of Chaos tour.
A track from the upcoming album, "Dead Underground", originally appeared on the "Saw III" soundtrack and exposed the band to a whole new audience.