Dopesick is the genre-hopping Bay Area rock project of guitarist, primary songwriter, and former Skinlab member Adam Albright, who mixes elements of punk, metal, rock & roll, and even reggae into his music. The idea for the group first emerged in 1997, when Albright and vocalist Marcus Payton joined forces as Dopesick. However, they hit their first stumbling block when Albright went to prison for a few years. When he was released, Dopesick hit the tour circuit and recorded their debut, Vendetta, which was produced by Skinlab's Scott Sargeant. Things soon disintegrated between Albright and Payton and the project was put on hiatus for over a decade. Returning in 2016, Albright entered the studio and began recording with producer Patrick Burkholder, drummer Aaron Rossi (Ministry, Prong), and bassist Mandi Martyr (Ministry). The resulting work was the Love and Terror Cult EP, which arrived in 2017. The set included the dubby reggae tune "Ride the Night," featuring Jahred Gomes of (hed) p.e., and the riff-heavy "Release Me," with Ill Niño's Christian Machado, as well as instrumentals like "Fruitvale," dedicated to the late Oscar Grant. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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