Dope Covers Ministry’s Classic “Thieves”; Delivers Controversial Video

If there’s anything that’s divided the U.S., it’s the election of Trump. It was only a matter of time before the voices of dissonance were going to make themselves heard in the world of music. Is it any surprise that heavy metal would deliver the most shocking voices of angst?

That’s right, and the latest to offer offer up their discontent is Dope with a cover of Ministry’s “Thieves.” The track is a pretty straight-forward cover, featuring Andy Leplegua of Combichrist, with a few modern touches to add something new. It’s a good cover, but fans of the original will probably find that it lacks the original’s inspiration.

About the video, though, that is something else! While Trump’s head superimposed on Hitler’s body conveys an obvious message, the video takes things up 11 notches around the halfway point. Let’s not give anything away, but what gets portrayed plays on issues that came up during the campaign, and even hints at some things from the past.

About the video, vocalist Edsel Dope commented:

Like many people, I wasn’t pro Hillary, nor was I pro Trump. I’m pro America and all of the politicians appear to be crooked in one way or another… As a result, we had a good time throwing all of them under the bus in this video.

“Thieves” will appear on Dope’s upcoming album, Blood Money Part 2, which has yet to have a release date announced.


Combichrist’s Leplegua commented on the joint effort:

I’m not a fan of cover songs. When Edsel reached out to me about doing ‘Thieves’ together I was really skeptical – but in the end I think we do the mighty Ministry justice… and I’m sure Uncle Al will love the video!

Dope and Combichrist are currently coheadlining on the *Blood, Lust, Death tour. See below for a list of dates.

Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 Show Dates:

03/17 @ The Apollo Theatre – Belvedere, IL
03/18 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
03/19 @ The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
03/20 @ Trixie’s Ent. Complex – Louisville, KY
03/21 @ Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
03/22 @ Reverb – Reading, PA
03/23 @ Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
03/24 @ Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/25 @ Fish Head Cantina – Halethorpe, MD
03/26 @ Arizona Pete’s -Greensboro, NC
03/28 @ The Haven – Winter Park, FL
03/29 @ The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
03/30 @ O’Malley’s Sports Bar – Fort Lauderdale, FL
04/01 @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/02 @ Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
04/03 @ Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
04/04 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/05 @ Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, TX
04/06 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
04/07 @ The Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
04/08 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ
04/09 @ The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA

Rock Hard \m/

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