Amber Gilliland, Senior Reporter
With seven studio albums, the band Otep never seems to disappoint. The band’s newest gem, Generation Doom, was released on April 15, the same night Otep performed at Studio Seven in Seattle. The new album is different from anything the band has ever done, yet it’s still undeniably Otep. It’s an eclectic mix of styles that still manages to keep the classic Otep sound throughout the album.
Generation Doom treats listeners to the poetic lyrics and rugged attitude that fans have come to expect from the group.
One song in particular, Equal Rights, Equal Lefts, tackles the subject of gay rights in a way that showcases singer Otep Shamaya’s rugged attitude. This track is a rock/rap mashup that’s a newer sound for the band but it works.
Adding to the mix of sounds on this album, the fourth track is a cover of Royals by Lorde. This isn’t something many listeners would probably expect to find on an Otep album, but Shamaya’s screaming vocals give the song an edge that’ll make some rockers a fan of the pop song. The band’s version would fit perfectly on a Punk Goes Pop album.
On the Shore is a sharp contrast from the first track Zero, a fast-paced song that starts off with Shamaya screaming “I don’t give a fuck.” On the Shore is a calming, heartfelt track that listeners can easily connect to. Lyrics in the song such as, “The water’s warm, I can see dry land, no longer living under your command,” feel very personal and can resonate with listeners.
The best song on the album is definitely Down. The track has a bit of the rock/rap feel similar to Equal Rights, Equal Lefts. It starts off calm and builds up to a booming, head-bangable chorus. This song is easy to rock out to and calls for being played at the highest volume possible.
Generation Doom contains three bonus tracks after On the Shore that are a pleasant addition to the album. An acoustic version of Lie is just another way to enjoy the already amazing song. Breathing in the Fire is a spoken word poem that brings back the classic Otep sound from previous albums. It’s reminiscent of the band’s other spoken word tracks such as Voyeur and Baby’s Breath and will make lovers of Otep’s older work happy. The final bonus track, however, is unfortunately a flop. It’s a remix of On the Shore that adds a dance/techno type beat to the deep, poetic lyrics of the original version. The two clash greatly and the new beat is a slap in the face to the lyrics. The album should’ve ended with Breathing in the Fire instead.
Generation Doom is one of Otep’s best albums. It has a unique sound and the variety of styles will appeal to a broader audience than some of the band’s previous work.
I give it HHHHI
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