Otep – Generation Doom

Recordlabel: Napalm Records
Release date: 15-04-2016

By Rob

Otep is a familiar name that I had heard over the years in the music scene but I never have listened to a single song. Before I started to listen to their new album, I had no expectations and didn’t even know what type of music I could expect. So with a fresh taste to discover a new band I began listening to Generation Doom.

And I was listening to it again and again. Opening song Zero sets the tone for the rest of the album. Although not all is the same. One thing that points out is the diversity of all the songs on the album. Not only the music, but her way of singing is so diverse, it fits the music so good. Her screams, growls, clean vocals and everything in between just works good, and I love how this mix of nu/heavy metal and hardcore works. God Is A Gun is such a great song that demonstrates all those things perfectly. Equal Rights, Equal Lefts is at the moment my favorite song that mixes some great beats and electronic, which fit in good with the metal. The lyrics are also great which is the case on more song on the album. Some keep stuck in your mind and you still sing that while at work. With No Color and Lie we get a kind of a breathing point on the album, which is welcome. But also those songs are done very well. With the title track Generation Doom they show one more time what the album is about and they even put a little bit of doom and punk in the song. The album ends with the beautiful On The Shore that consist only with clean vocals. It’s kind of hypnotizing and I want to keep listening to it over and over.
The only thing that doesn’t work well for me on the album is the Lorde cover Royals and also it is placed too early on the album. I’m a big fan of Lorde but this cover is nothing more than an average cover which is fun to listen one or two times.

Overall I’m very surprised and positive of this album and it makes me curious to their earlier works. And I will definitely check that out.

Rating: 86/100

1. Zero
2. Feeding Frenzy
3. Lords Of War
4. Royals (Lorde Cover)
5. In Cold Blood
6. Down
7. God Is A Gun
8. Equal Rights, Equal Lefts
9. No Color
10. Lie
11. Generation Doom
12. On The Shore

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