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by Otep
Atavist by Otep
Released: Apr 2011
Label: Victory
Following brief horror sound effects, Otep Shamaya opens her band's fifth set with three straight moshing-ogre harangues, all railing about religion; in one, guns plus God equals body bags. Six cuts in, things switch up: melodic goth ballad "We Dream Like Lions"; queer statement of purpose and/or suicide note "I Stand Alone"; seven-minute murder poem "Baby's Breath." Then two self-defense ragers; then more Bible-beaten spoken-word revenge, backed by down-tuned ambient drone. Finally, a Doors cover: "Not To Touch the Earth," given a reasonable chase-scene gallop.
Chuck Eddy
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