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Atavist

October 1, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 1, 2011
  • Release Date: October 1, 2011
  • Label: Victory
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Another Victory
  • Total Length: 50:54
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B005OUE0TI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,972 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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By A. J. Campa on April 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
One word to describe this album? Intense. This album was heavily anticipated by all Otep fans, and was I worried about it not living up to the other Otep albums? No, because so far, everything that Otep has released is golden. When hearing "Fists Fall", I knew Otep would be giving us something along the lines of "Smash the Control Machine" BUT heavier than "The Ascension". "Fists Fall" didn't disappoint me one bit, but it's nothing compared to the rest of the album. The intro "Atavist Animus" is classical Otep whispers that remind any fan of "Requiem", good short intro to the most intense song on the album, "Atom to Adam". "Atom to Adam" doesn't cease to blow me away, yet, disturb me at the same time. This song hits HARD and is one of my favorites on the album, great opening. "Drunk On the Blood of Saints" is another personal favorite, and it hits just as hard as the previous track. Oteps growl when singing "Drunk On the Blood of Saints" is an easy way to get the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up. "Remember to Forget" is another good track, catchy chorus with very emotional screams by the beautiful Otep. "Skin of the Master" is a good one as well, somewhat soft verses but the chorus are HEAVY. The only real soft song (in a sense of being a ballad) is "We Dream Like Lions". Soft songs don't bother me, especially when they're done WELL, like Otep. I think she always makes great ballads that appeared on the previous albums, "We Dream Like Lions" is just as good. Looking for poetic Otep, growls, whispers with scary and haunting noises as background? Listen to "Baby's Breath", beautifully and hauntingly spoken words by Otep.

All in all, this album DOES NOT disappoint. I'd recommend buying the deluxe CD/DVD version rather than the standard version.
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Format: Audio CD
Ive been an Otep fan since their first release, but I have noticed that their last couple of releases are lacking imagination....and honestly....creativity. Atavist takes this dilemma to a whole new level. It essentially buys into the argument that "heavier" must equal "better."

Two of the tracks on this album are 5+ minute spoken word ensembles. They are 100% filler material. Suggestion: Publish a book of poetry. The first track is all instrumental. So that leaves you with 9 tracks. The last track is a Doors cover and if you've never cared for the Doors music, then this isn't going to do anything for you either. So now we are down to 8 tracks.

"Remember to Forget" has almost the same exact riff as "Blood of Saints" - it almost makes you wonder if the songs were originally combined at one point. The vocal delivery is as you would expect. The lyrics are very tired. It's quite obvious that Otep has a very limited vocabulary and repeats the same phrases over and over again. Yes, we get it - Otep is proud to be gay and hates republicans, is this all you have to say?

The bright spots on this album are "We Dream Like Lions" and "Blood of Saints". "Lions" is an acoustic song that's well-written and shows what can happen when you think more about writing songs that are good versus writing songs that are strictly moshpit material. "Blood of Saints" has some great riffs and vocal work in it - pretty catchy.

The rest of the album reminds me of the metalcore genre. Songs that never really fully form, feel forced, and get repetitious mid-way through the album.

This is by far Otep's worst album. Which is unfortunate since she appears to have so much potential.

Perhaps this is another casualty of an artist who's more obsessed about making political points than actually writing good music?
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First Off Let Me Say This, I Love Otep. The First Four Albums Were Amazing...This Album Atavist Is Good But Not Great. The Songs Are Heavy, And Good. In My Opinion Nothing Beats House Of Secrets. The Biggest Songs That Stick Out Are Adam To Atom, Drunk On The Blood Of Saints, We Dream Like Lions And Stay Away. Fists Fall Is Good Too. So It's Kinda Of A Win Lose Situation. Some Of The Album Is Good, The Other Half Is Not So Much. Any Otep Fan Should Buy It But If You Are Just Starting Into Otep, Purchase The Older Ones First. There's A New Album Coming Out Tomorrow Called Hydra. It's Their Six And Final Album. Honestly I Pray It's Better Than Atavist. Well Just Have To Wait And See. Anyway Otep Rules! :)
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Great music and a damn good singer. Have not stopped listening to it since I got it. Everyone needs to buy this
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To love this album, I think you have to have been a fan from either the start or maybe House of Secrets. I have understood Otep for a long time now as I became a huge fan when Sevas Tra came out. They have most definitely evolved over the years into an epic band of power, aggression, emotion and drive. Otep Shamaya is a powerful vocalist is among the best in metal today. This album proves all of that in 12 beautiful tracks. Anyone who has been a fan of Otep from the start and says this album is bad or is not up to par; does not truly know Otep!!
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So god awful. I loved Ascension and Smash The Control Machine was good. The first album was even pretty good. This album was just painful to listen to and quit trying after 2 weeks of it being on my mp3 player. Do not buy this as it's nothing on it worth trying. Even the best song on the album is not as good as the worst song on Ascension
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