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Their fifth album, Atavist, finds Otep delivering another heaping helping of nu-metal. True to the title, Otep continues to feel like a throwback to the breakdown heavy nu metal of the late 90s and early 00s that was pioneered by bands like Korn. Once again, singer Otep Shamaya, whose frantic vocal style ranges from bellowing death growls to creepily sweet, does the bulk of the heavy lifting on the album, putting her vocal talents to work over top of a collection of nu-metal jams that could’ve been released a decade earlier. In a way, the approach makes sense. The approach works for the band, who do a great job of showcasing Shamaya’s vocals and message without standing in her way, making Atavist an album that will easily please Otep devotees.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Otep got their start in late 2000, when singer/band namesake Otep Shamaya brought her Marilyn Manson-meets-Kim Gordon style of singing to a crew of musicians known only as Rob, Moke, and eViL j. The foursome began gigging around Los Angeles and scored a deal with Capitol solely on the strength of their live show (they'd not yet recorded a demo), releasing the Jihad EP the following year. Rumors of cannibalism and dabbling in the mystical arts helped add to their mysterious image, and they found themselves...
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