Brandishing a ferocious fist full of fuck you , “Zero” sets the stage for an intriguing mosh-a-piece extravaganza , straight out of the gate blasting into “Feeding Frenzy”, weaving a welcomed old-school White Zombie vibe into an explosive number. ”Lords Of War” gritty poetic eruption rages with a thunderous industrial backbeat equipped with high caliber distortion riffs. Bass drops equivalent to exploding a bomb’s, along with Shamaya’s pent up aggression unleash a primal firestorm.
Okay so this is where I get my funk on . Their cover song “Royals” (Lorde) flows like honey with a catchy melodic midtempo Manson-esque melody. Guttural rage combined with the swooping symphonic synergies that makes OTEP music appealing to many audiences. The brushes are broad and involving many different aspects of metals genres blending each track into an entity of its own.
“In Cold Blood” and “Down” blaze with a fresh nu metal sound that kicks. Blackened death metal darkens your mind with “God Is A Gun” gripping your senses with machine-gun effect. Insane blast beats intertwined with intense tempo changes, mirroring the angst riddled lyrics, ripping holes through your speakers with precision.
Exploring through side two of this album we encounter “Equal Rights, Equal Lefts” dropping the weight, with an exquisite heavy metal rap, that’ll make Boots Riley take notice. Gritty and brooding “No Color” has a catchy demeanor that is quickly addictive. A hypnotic heavy metal -lesson , full of solid form and integrity. The quick barb and wholehearted sincerity that bleeds from “Lie” is the epitome on this disc. For sure a top 40 hit with a twist (bitches)
The title track “Generation Doom” delivers a sonic beat down of extreme measures, blasting a destructive path of volatility and venomous apathy, directed at societies’ incessant righteous rage. Voracious vocals (akin to a screaming hellcat) command this epic entity, accompanied with a ferocious musical assault, result in volcanic intensity with a compelling chaotic savagery. The final track on this album “On The Shore” has a sunbathed dreamlike quality to it in contrast to the throat scarring explosiveness of this vinyl. A sublime escape from the harsh realities of a world gone wrong , showcasing Shamaya’s cascading and dexterous vocal range.
This band has been on the scene for a little more than fifteen years with many line-up changes, yet the one remaining strand of the original group and its most important thread, Otep Shamaya, still remains. Her vocals are hauntingly beautiful yet transforming like a demonic chameleon with a bottled rage, that meshes with your psychic. The other members of OTEP are: Justin Kier (Drums) Ari Milalopoulos (Guitar) and Corey Wolford (Bass).
Though not the form of Metal I usually gravitate too, I had to appreciate its artistic structures rising from the primal scorn and seductive incitement. Unleash your inner beast and take it out for a ride through your darkest fears and most dangerous nightmares to a world of heavy metal poetic alchemy with Generation Doom.
Overall this imaginative, ingenuous and intriguing release deserves 8.5/10 horns high.
Release Date: April 15, 2016
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