OTEP, A band led by their front woman Otep Shamaya unveiled their latest studio album "Kult 45".
Otep has been known not to shy away from speaking what's on her mind and standing up for what she believes in. This album is no different. Some say that musicians should not be involved in politics, but I disagree. If you care about something, whatever that may be and are an artist, use your voice to tell the world that. Kult 45 is one of the darkest albums I have heard this year; the topics range from the prevalent in our current government, the incline of rape being reported and the immigrant situation on the frontlines. The album digs deep into some extremely hard and dark issues.
Tracks such as "Halt Right," "Molotov," , "Said The Snake," , "Shelter In Place," and "To The Gallows" are political based tracks. "Halt Right" refers to President Trump as "Traitor Trump." . These songs( aside from the political manner) are going to get your blood pumping; they're high energy and make you want to get into the pit! The three really standout tracks for me on this album are "Trigger Warning" which is about the amount of rape that is being reported in the media. The song has some vintage Otep growls and eerie feel to the entire track. The next track that really stuck out for me is "Cross Contamination." "If Mary was only 14 when she had Jesus, what does that make God?" is how this straight-forward track begins. The track pretty much stats that people care too much about religion and not enough about people. "Choose your God that feeds your needs."
My favorite off this album, and the strongest track is "Boss." She states that you don't need to follow gender roles, that women can be "King." It's a very empowering song, and the riff in it is amazing.
Can we also talk about how utterly amazing the instrumentals on this are? Guitarist Ari Mihalopoulo's riffs absolutely kill it, Justin Kier is banging the hell out of the drums and Andrew Barnes bass is slaptastic (is that even a word? Probably not but it is now).
The only complaint I have about this album is I feel like the track "Be Brave" does not fit in with the rest of the album. I like the track a lot; it is a beautiful song but I don't feel like it fits in with the tone of the rest of the album. Over all this album is a banger follow up to 2016's "Generation Doom." 9/10 rating from me!