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Smash The Control Machine

October 1, 2011

  Song Title
Rise, Rebel, Resist
Sweet Tooth
Smash The Control Machine
Numb And Dumb
Oh, So Surreal
Run For Cover
Kisses & Kerosene
Serv Asat
Where The River Ends
I Remember

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  • Original Release Date: October 1, 2011
  • Label: Victory
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 Another Victory
  • Total Length: 1:04:30
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,556 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashingly Good! August 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Smash The Control Machine By Otep is a solid album. Many people falsely assumed that Shamaya had toned herself down because the title track seems so polished, but Hell no. To sell out would be against the legacy that Otep is known for. The title Track (Smash the Control Machine) is arguably the best song on the album, but "Rise Rebel Resist" is another jewel of a song. `Run For Cover' is a bit T.R.I.C.y so it's nice to hear a bit of diversity as well. After listening to the entire album, it's is pretty clear to me that Thorin's books has been influential to this album (the video for Smash The Control Machine even alludes to this further), but it is about time some great minds came together to push the wolf mentality.Even though the original members got back together, it still sounds closer to The Ascension than Sevas Tra. This is a very good album, and is a great soundtrack to individuality, and fighting for equality. Digging deeper into the lyrics, it seems like Otep has lost the satanical overtones in favor of Hinduism and Buddhism. This is not to say that she excuses religious bigotry by any means, but she seems to be a bit more spiritual if you will. The sound is a bit more mature, but with still plenty of angst to spare. If you are looking for a fresh metal album, then buy this one. If you are an Otep fan, then you shouldn't even be reading this far into the review: buy it already!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait! August 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I know it's only been two years since they put out an album, but it felt like a lot longer. What's super spiffy about this album is that Moke and Evil J are back, which is great for fans because according to the interview on the Deluxe Edition (or boxed set as this happens to be), it allowed her to get more personal with her lyrics. This album really makes you think.

I think this is a very strong album because a lot of songs are hard hitting and have an obvious political/social message (namely "Rise, Rebel, Resist," "Smash the Control Machine," "Numb & Dumb," etc.). As heavy as most of these songs are, "UR A WMN Now" struck me as the most shocking because it's only the second time you really hear Otep actually sing - instead of roar or do more spoken word style - with violin and piano accompanying. It's a beautifully done song that begs the question "What actually is the point at which a girl becomes a woman?"

I love the way she sings her lyrics - you can hear the derision, hypocrisy, rage, incredulity, passion, and inspiration that her lyrics are meant to reflect but that her voice drives home ("Smash the Control Machine" is the first song that comes to mind ... "Unveiled" is another great example). She is such an incredibly creative, articulate person and I can't say enough about how I feel about the way she expresses her thoughts, opinions and experiences.

The DVD was a great bonus, especially for those of us who aren't glued to our computers and watch everything via YouTube or MySpace pages. Otep goes over the songs on the album and what inspired them (Prop 8 to ban gay marriage here in California figured prominently) and what went into getting them written and recorded. She also reads three original poems which I thought was a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Otep Keeps Delivering February 3, 2010
By mike
Format:MP3 Music
This album is great. Although it isn't as heavy as The Ascension it does have the unique guitar riffs and emotional singing/screaming that Otep is best known for. There are a couple songs that remind me of Sevas Tra and House of Secrets and the rest sound more like what's on The Ascension. One or two more songs would have been nice.

Bottom line is, if you love Otep then you'll love this album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen carefully September 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great cd to add to your Heavy Hitters list. Listen close and you might learn something!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rise, Rebel, Resist February 27, 2014
By Daniel
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This may not have been my favorite Otep album; however, I still thoroughly enjoyed the music she has done in this album. The best songs for me were probably Serv Asat, Run for Cover, Rise Rebel Resist, Smash the Control Machine, and Unveiled. Definitely worth buying!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album!!! January 20, 2014
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This lady is dark, however the band as a whole bring a level of energy to be admired. Check this out!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Otep reborn April 4, 2013
Format:Audio CD
California's Otep used the much revered (albeit if kind of cliché) line of "we are born again" when describing their third studio album, 2007's "The Ascension." And it really is kind of too bad that they used that line then, because it seems much more fitting when detailing the sound heard on their next record, 2009's "Smash The Control Machine." There are a few nods towards the band's early nu-metal roots present, here, but for the most part, this is new ground.

Frontwoman Otep Shamaya proves that her vocal range far transcends mere ham-fisted rapping by turning in a really memorable and impassioned performance from behind the mic. She utilizes both supple crooning and brutal bellowing, and does to mostly successful effect. Her lyrics, meanwhile, might cover familiar ground (she has been talking about rape ever since releasing her band's debut, "Sevas Tra," came out back in 2002), but it is, nonetheless, razor-sharp subject matter. Furthermore, her band's instrumental arrangements might not exactly be complex, but they have definitely blown past mere simplistic chugging guitar leads and thudding rhythms. And to help ensure that the music remains firmly in your head -- and doesn't go anywhere for quite some time -- these thirteen songs are laced with infectious hooks (including plenty of vocal hooks).

"Rise, Rebel, Resist" is a fairly prototypical Otep song, as it begins on a slow and soft note (with an ominous, feedback-laden intro) before erupting into blistering and brutal territory with forceful, slamming drums, thrashy guitars, and visceral vocals. "Sweet Tooth," then, works quite similarly, with an ominously spooky and haunting intro and hair-raising verses that establish an excellent friction between them and the song's impending heaviness in the choruses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A cornucopia of inspirations
OTEP has no fear. This album perhaps is her deepest without being too "niche" or "personal" because she cut out the middle woman (herself and her own personal tragedies). Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Daniel Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not the best Otep Album
I've been an Otep fan for a long time, but this thing may have run its course. For a $5 album, it's worth it.
Published 14 months ago by Rick E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome group
Great hard hitting music and lyrics. She is very talented and youll never get bored listening to the album ! ! ! !
Published 14 months ago by R. J. Barnwell
5.0 out of 5 stars This band is awesome!
Only have a few of their songs + this album but I love it! Smash the Control Machine is one of my favorite songs
Published 15 months ago by Jordan Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Smash The Control Machine
Might be my favorite album by Otep. Rise Rebel Resist, Smash the Control Machine and Numb and Dumb are such amazing songs. I can sit and listen to this album for hours.
Published 16 months ago by Brandy Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Raise a fist, RESIST!!!
This is arguably Otep's best album to date. Packed full of aggression, power and emotion. It's actually quite amazing how much Otep captures the state of society in the album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by chaosisthename
1.0 out of 5 stars 1/5
This album is 1 stars because most of the songs are unlistenable. I don't enjoy listening to this album. I don't recommend this album. Addy.
Published 21 months ago by Addy got somethin' to say
3.0 out of 5 stars Otep the person is awesome, Otep the band isn't
Genre: nu metal, spoken word (some tracks)

Otep Shamaya is a talented, energetic, versatile singer, and writes provoking, to-the-point lyrics. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Jonathan Cortez
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Is Still One Of The Best
I'll be honest, when I first listened to OTEP (which happened to be this CD), I had no clue it was a female singer. Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Parental Opinion
A must own for every parent of daughters and the daughters themselves! As a father of 4 teenagers, I can see each of my girls opinions edified in song throughout this CD. Read more
Published on September 29, 2010 by bri...
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