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Slaves on Dope

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Montreal, Canada (1993 – 2004, 2009 – present)

Slaves on Dope is a Canadian band, based out of Montreal. The band was formed in the 1993 by Jason Rockman and Avrum Nadigel (original lineup consisted of founders as well as Patrick Francis, Kevin Jardine, and Lenny Vartanian) highly influenced by the era. In 1995, after the departure of bassist Francis & drummer Vartanian, Frank Salvaggio (bass) and Robert Urbani (drums) entered the fray and so began a new heavier direction for the band.

At the time the Canadian music scene had not embraced the “nu metal” scene, so Salvaggio & Urbani decided to make a 6 day trek via Greyhound bus from Montreal to Los Angeles, CA, the epicenter of nu metal, to begin the process of making in-roads, contacts & securing showcases for the band. After a year filled with showcases the band secured a record deal through Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne’s Divine Recordings who in turn released their full length album “Inches From the Mainline” in 2000. The band also toured Ozzfest in 2000, and made an appearance on the SnoCore Tour. The album went on to sell approximately 70,000 copies in the US.

After Divine Recordings lost their distribution deal with EMI’s Priority Records, the band was left without a label & returned to Montreal. Salvaggio once again returned to Los Angeles, CA with the goal of securing another record deal. With the help of producers Jason Slater & Troy Van Leeuwen, a deal was struck with Bieler Bros. Records. Their second major album “Metafour” was released in 2003.

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