into a chant of “Rising like a Hydra, from the abyss!” in the opening song, Rising. And it gets your blood pumping.
Even though this is slated as OTEP’s final album, make no mistake, this isn’t an album about bowing out, quitting or giving up. It’s an album about scratching, clawing and climbing through this shit world we live in. This album is violent, poetic and sometimes melodic. It’s a beautiful, painful masterpiece by the band that’s been making angry, painful poet-metal for thirteen years now.
And in this respect, this album doesn’t relent from the anger and angst OTEP fans have come to know and love. If anything, it steps it up a notch.
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Nothing about this album is clean or nice, not from Otep’s growls of anger to her screams of anguish, to her desperate whispers as she tells a tale that never ends, as she tells the tale of realities that persist everyday. The drums and guitars that her stories are set to are the perfect instrumentation to carry the listener chugging through the torment felt by giving real heart to these lyrics.
But the lyrics take the front seat, as they should. This isn’t your father’s jam band or your brother’s guitar metal, no this is an album that will leave you awake at night, realizing you can’t ignore the bad in the world, it begs you not to forget the bad in the world.
“Feed it. Fuck it. Breed it. Eat it.” “I will fight, I will rise, like a hydra, from the ash.”
This undertone to the closing track, Theophagy, sounds like a promise to her faithful fans, and to herself, that Otep may or may not be bowing out of music, but she definitely isn’t bowing out of acting against the mindless consumerism culture America has come to embrace.
If you are a fan of Otep, you will not want to miss out on this album. If you are a fan of dark metal, you will not want to miss out on this album. Otep may be going out, but she’s going out with a scream that will send chills down your spine.