Sea Of Tranquility

The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

Otep: Hydra

Hydra has been announced as the final album from nu-metallers Otep, the Californian outfit having been around for the past decade or so and seen their most notable success with 2009's Billboard Top 50 entry Smash The Control Machine. Vocalist Otep Shamaya has described Hydra as being "a concept album based on a graphic novel I've been writing for two years about a girl corrupted by the world, corrugated by evil, ripped away from the golden, molten elixir of creativity, and abandoned on the placid, jagged rocks of a cruel and barbaric island where the rats poison themselves". Sounds like pretty lightweight stuff then.

Otep's sound has always been deeply rooted in the techno-industrial nu-metal scene of the 1990's and Hydra proves no exception. Dark and twisted lyrics conjure up anguished images of torture, sadism, horror and plunging into the depths of hell against a backdrop of droning riffs and endless loops. The vocals range from dramatically whispered spoken word self-loathing to brutal screams of despair but all too often comes across as monotonous, repetitive and bad teenage poetry. If Otep have never been your band of choice then Hydra is unlikely to change your mind, this is nu-metal by numbers and the formula has just become dated and cringeworthy.

Track List:-
1. Rising
2. Blowtorch Nightlight
3. Seduce & Destroy
4. Crush
5. Hematopia
6. Necromantic
7. Quarantine
8. Voyeur
9. Apex Predator
10. Feral Game
11. Livestock
12. Hag
13. Theophagy

Added: January 30th 2013
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Facebook page
Hits: 2059
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]


[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]

2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by