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House of Secrets
     

House of Secrets

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by Otep
 
The sophomore effort from art house nu-metal practitioners Otep only briefly flirts with the genre's anarchic political leanings ("Warhead"), focusing instead on the medium's most revered theme: angst. The lupine howl of a shattered youth proclaiming that "I hate my life" is nothing new, so when frontwoman -- and namesake -- Otep screams the

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The sophomore effort from art house nu-metal practitioners Otep only briefly flirts with the genre's anarchic political leanings ("Warhead"), focusing instead on the medium's most revered theme: angst. The lupine howl of a shattered youth proclaiming that "I hate my life" is nothing new, so when frontwoman -- and namesake -- Otep screams the phrase endlessly throughout "Buried Alive," she's channeling everyone from post-rock mouthpieces Gordon Gano and Exene Cervenka to pop
ock tunesmiths like Roger Waters and Ricky Nelson. This would be all fine and dandy if the music contained a mere particle of the cathartic spirit of the aforementioned artists. When House of Secrets isn't pummeling the listener into submission with predictable riffs and distorted vocals, it's leading the listener into a sterile waiting room -- bereft of even the most mundane periodical -- of spoken word poetry wrapped in tedious post-Nine Inch Nails soundscapes. Otep is at her most genuine on the title cut, an atmospheric dirge that finds the artist assuming a sultry Chrissie Hynde-like croon, but it's merely a deviation from an exercise that in its entirety is mediocre at best.

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Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724359104300
catalogNumber:
91043

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House of Secrets 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I tell you that this is one of the best records ever made, you'll build your expectations up to a level that couldn't be matched. Or not. This record is groundbreaking across the boards. It's brually honest/honestly brutal.... hard to describe. The drumming alone is reason enough to get it, and that's the least of why this record is so great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Otep ROCKS!!! This is a great album Otep are one of the best bands out there, I think so anyways. Every song on this album rocks.The drums on number 2,4,6,10 and 11 were done by Slipknots own Joey. If you like Slipknot i would check this album out. U WILL LOVE IT
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