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Otep is a female fronted death metal band. Yeah, you read it right, and a damn good one at that, as the quartet blend dark imagery and intimate suffering into Slipknot-esque dirges sans the costumes. Instead, OTEP wears its hardships and pain on its sleeve, and combined with enriching vocals and a tuned down, Terry Date-produced slab of guitars, this quartet succeeds in giving out some unmanufactured aggression that's more of a cathartic release than background fodder for extreme sports shows. 12 tracks of all balls, bark, and one hell of a bite, OTEP pushes harder than most of the testosterone-driven metal counterparts, so for those wary of a "girl metal band", this ain't The Donnas and is far from anything containing female fronted and metal in the same sentence.
- Mike SOS