Smash the Control Machine

Smash the Control Machine

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by Otep
     
 

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With the return of original drummer Moke and guitarist Rob Patterson, both of whom last played on 2002's Sevas Tra, for Smash the Control Machine, Otep seem more determined than ever, but with a dated sound

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With the return of original drummer Moke and guitarist Rob Patterson, both of whom last played on 2002's Sevas Tra, for Smash the Control Machine, Otep seem more determined than ever, but with a dated sound rooted in crunchy nu metal and alternative metal from the mid-'90s, and a proclivity for extreme melodrama, it might be hard for listeners to take them seriously. As far as reference points go, Korn are an obvious touchstone here, especially in vocalist Otep Shamaya's delivery, which directly mirrors Jonathan Davis' myriad voices. While growing more comfortable with her range, Shamaya bounces from pseudo-raps to squelching metal yelps, and even tries a breathy ballad along the way ("Ur a WMN Now"). Lyrically, she also takes more risks. Influenced by her time doing poetry readings on HBO's Def Poetry, she confronts society's ailments head-on, addressing the overabundance of pill-popping, media brainwashing, and apathetic behavior in American culture. Of course, it's not all so provocative. When she gasps the line, "Take my temperature baby/This is what you taste like," it comes across more creepy than sexy. Of course, as an album that will probably get heavy rotation in the Hot Topic stockroom, creepy might be exactly what she and the band are going for.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
Label:
Victory Records
UPC:
0746105052925
catalogNumber:
529
Rank:
48514

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Otep   Primary Artist
Koichi Fukuda   Piano
Emilie Autumn   Violin
Otep Shamaya   Vocals

Technical Credits

Holly Knight   Composer
Mark Bistany   Composer,Additional Music
Tim Butler   Illustrations
Twyla Tharp   Author
Ulrich Wild   Producer,Engineer
Rob Patterson   Additional Music
Jack Ponti   Executive Producer
Jason McGuire   Composer
eViL j   Additional Music
Otep Shamaya   Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer,Art Direction,Illustrations
Greg Edgerton   Art Direction,Cover Art
Robert Patterson   Composer

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Smash the Control Machine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TrevorJP More than 1 year ago
I must say, one of the best albums Otep has come out with, it ushers in a new era of Oteps sound. Head is a melodic song that resonates with the basic message thats sums up the album. Run and Cover and Serv Asat is the return of the hip-hop rap sound like T.R.I.C. and Kisses and Kersosene surpasses the dark tunes from the House of Secrets album and Emptee with a more sinister and dark lyrics. Ur a WMN Now really blew me away, it is almost a polar opposite than what Otep generally works with but you cant help but praise the work of art that is this song, and a great job Emilie Autumn on the violin and Koichi Fukuda guest staring for this song. Oteps overall singing in this voice is complimented by Evil J, Rob and Marks amazing skill with their isntruments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago