Press release -- Feb. 1997

Dogma Spread "cancer with debut album Feeding the future. Marking the first release from Def Jam's rock imprint King Recordings.

"It's enough bulshit to fill a bottomless pit," sing DOGMA on thier newly released debut album Feeding the Future. Which marks the first release from Def Jam's new rock imprint, King Recordings. A bracing collection of sincere and adrenalized songs about the world around us, the album has been launched with the seething first track "Cancer," which earned the distinction of becoming the most added track at hard rock radio upon it's release.

Throughout the 12 songs on Feeding the Future, the New York City band - - singer/guitarist Phil Allocco, bassist Sean Carmody, drummer Dave Femia and guitarist Randy Dzielak -- attempt to find some humanity amist the desderation and chaos. Their ammunition: hard chords and strong melodies, mixed with unflinching lyrics and impassioned vocals.

"We sing about things that feel honest to us," says Dogma's Phil Allocco. "There no pretentious political or social theme to what we do," adds Sean Carmody. "It's about playing and having our own perspective."

Dogma's perspective and musical intensity initially caught the ear of King Recordings/Def Jam exec Scott Koenig. After working with classic rap artists asPublic Enemy, LL Cool J, Method Man and others, Def Jam was interested in exploring rock music, as both genres are known for their brutally honest portrayal of mordern society.

"I've got no answers when I've got no dreams," sings Allocco on "Lies," revcaling "I'm infatuated with things that cannot last" in Anyone at All." Elsewhere, Dogma rail against corruption in "Held my Tongue" (You can't satisfy the hunger that you chase / When power is the only thing that you can taste"). What gives these songs an element of hope is the way Dogma express thier outrage at the horrors -- hypocrisy, apathy and dishonesty -- around them, even facing up to the way they've been infected by the hostilities that are passed along from generation to generation. "I hated them for the things I hate in me," admit Allocco in "Unexpected Ways."

What's the inspiration behind the title Feeding the Future? "The idea is that we, as a society, try to instill in the next generation a sense of good and morality," explains Allocco, "but at the same timewe wind up infecting the future with our superstitions, taboos and fears."

Produced by Steve Thompson -- who has previously worked with Blues Traveler, Metallica and Butthole Surfers, among others -- Feeding the Future makes a bold statement, both musically and visually. The cover art (a photo of an electron micrograph of a parasite entering a cell) also expresses the band's philosophy about what Feeding the Future really means.

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