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Smash The Control Machine (Deluxe Version)


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  • Audio CD (17 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Victory Records
  • ASIN: B002GXRHD2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rise, Rebel, Resit
2. Sweet Tooth
3. Smash The Control Machine
4. Head
5. Numb And Dumb
6. Oh, So Surreal
7. Run For Cover
8. Kisses & Kerosene
9. Unveiled
10. UR A WMN NOWServ Asat
11. Where The River Ends
12. I Remember

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By Susan Appleby on 19 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD
Again Otep has released an album that I cant stop listening to. Its fun, dark, gentle in parts and down right scary in others. There is a usual mix of everything in this album and i love every song.

Dont think about it, just buy this cd its awsome.
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Format: Audio CD
This is OTEP Shamaya's best CD uptil now!
The Anger is real, the words are true!
The packaging is superb!

Buy it!
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By George Titas on 21 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
This 4th CD of Otep band is really amazing.
A must have CD for anyone likes metal female fronted bands...
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Format: MP3 Download Verified Purchase
Great album. Great lyrics. When Otep come play the UK, I will be the first in line RISE REBEL RESIST !!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Smashingly Good! 20 Aug 2009
By S. Kesterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Smash The Control Machine By Otep is a solid album. Many people falsely assumed that Shamaya had toned herself down because the title track seems so polished, but Hell no. To sell out would be against the legacy that Otep is known for. The title Track (Smash the Control Machine) is arguably the best song on the album, but "Rise Rebel Resist" is another jewel of a song. `Run For Cover' is a bit T.R.I.C.y so it's nice to hear a bit of diversity as well. After listening to the entire album, it's is pretty clear to me that Thorin's books has been influential to this album (the video for Smash The Control Machine even alludes to this further), but it is about time some great minds came together to push the wolf mentality.Even though the original members got back together, it still sounds closer to The Ascension than Sevas Tra. This is a very good album, and is a great soundtrack to individuality, and fighting for equality. Digging deeper into the lyrics, it seems like Otep has lost the satanical overtones in favor of Hinduism and Buddhism. This is not to say that she excuses religious bigotry by any means, but she seems to be a bit more spiritual if you will. The sound is a bit more mature, but with still plenty of angst to spare. If you are looking for a fresh metal album, then buy this one. If you are an Otep fan, then you shouldn't even be reading this far into the review: buy it already!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Worth the Wait! 19 Aug 2009
By Knowledge Contagion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I know it's only been two years since they put out an album, but it felt like a lot longer. What's super spiffy about this album is that Moke and Evil J are back, which is great for fans because according to the interview on the Deluxe Edition (or boxed set as this happens to be), it allowed her to get more personal with her lyrics. This album really makes you think.

I think this is a very strong album because a lot of songs are hard hitting and have an obvious political/social message (namely "Rise, Rebel, Resist," "Smash the Control Machine," "Numb & Dumb," etc.). As heavy as most of these songs are, "UR A WMN Now" struck me as the most shocking because it's only the second time you really hear Otep actually sing - instead of roar or do more spoken word style - with violin and piano accompanying. It's a beautifully done song that begs the question "What actually is the point at which a girl becomes a woman?"

I love the way she sings her lyrics - you can hear the derision, hypocrisy, rage, incredulity, passion, and inspiration that her lyrics are meant to reflect but that her voice drives home ("Smash the Control Machine" is the first song that comes to mind ... "Unveiled" is another great example). She is such an incredibly creative, articulate person and I can't say enough about how I feel about the way she expresses her thoughts, opinions and experiences.

The DVD was a great bonus, especially for those of us who aren't glued to our computers and watch everything via YouTube or MySpace pages. Otep goes over the songs on the album and what inspired them (Prop 8 to ban gay marriage here in California figured prominently) and what went into getting them written and recorded. She also reads three original poems which I thought was a treat. My only complaint is that the DVD wasn't longer and more in depth.

I push Otep on anyone I meet just because I think she's simply fabulous. It's great being able to hear a chick roar better than most men in the genre and it's better still knowing that she has a brain to back up the voice. Five stars doesn't even begin to cover how I feel about this album.

PS - for the aspiring/actual entomologists, I am sad to say that unlike previous albums, insects do not make up any of the lyrical content on this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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By mike - Published on Amazon.com
This album is great. Although it isn't as heavy as The Ascension it does have the unique guitar riffs and emotional singing/screaming that Otep is best known for. There are a couple songs that remind me of Sevas Tra and House of Secrets and the rest sound more like what's on The Ascension. One or two more songs would have been nice.

Bottom line is, if you love Otep then you'll love this album.
"Your life is a lie" (4.5) 19 Oct 2009
By Brett Corkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With Smash The Control Machine, Otep attacks the government head on. Sure they've made no point in shying away from doing so in the past, but every song on here has some sort of social commentary that deals specifically with the government. I'm not normally a fan of getting politics in my music so Otep got lucky by making a CD that rocks hard, and even when it isn't--example, Ur A WMN Now--I was shocked enough not to care.

Let's be honest, Smash The Control Machine is a step down from the sheer brilliance that was The Ascension. Maybe its because I was just so happy to FINALLY get The Ascension that made it that much sweeter, but in certain areas of STCM things just sound rushed and not fully fleshed out. I mean, The Ascension didn't come out THAT long ago did it?

All things considering, we shall now focus on the music itself..and I'm pleased with that aspect. Otep has always been one of the few metal acts that has an identity all their own. When you hear an Otep song you immediately know it, thanks, in due part, to Otep Shamaya. But Otep isn't great simply because Shamaya is a powerful woman not afraid to state her beliefs whether you like it or not. No. The rest of the band are to thank as well, because without their powerful performances Shamaya wouldn't have a whole lot to work with. At the end of the day, the one given is that with every new Otep release you are sure-fired to get some new, thought provoking lyrics. Which is exactly what STCM is full of.

From the very start when you begin hearing whispering in Rise. Rebel. Resist. that culminates in Shamaya letting out the demonic delivery of "Let's commit a hate crime" you know you're back in Otep's reality. 'What's the best part of the new offering' you ask? The triumphant return of Otep RAPPING! Yes, it got kind of gimmicky on their debut, Sevas Tra, but I always wondered why they dropped it. As awkward as it was at first, it's a welcome return.

A few of the standouts are Rise. Rebel. Resist., Head, Numb & Dumb, Oh, So Surreal, Run For Cover, and Ur A WMN Now. Special mention goes to Ur A WMN Now too. Otep always finds a way to put out at least one completely unexpected song that proves to be incredible, and that song on Smash The Control Machine is Ur A WMN Now. Backed only by a piano we hear some of Otep's most emotional, and beautiful, work to date. Definitely check it out. Oh! And kudos to Otep for getting the wonderful Emilie Autumn to play violin on here as well!
Parental Opinion 29 Sep 2010
By bri... - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A must own for every parent of daughters and the daughters themselves! As a father of 4 teenagers, I can see each of my girls opinions edified in song throughout this CD. The vulnerability as well as the rage of a girl growing up in a society that has such impossible expectations of what a girls should be is heard screaming in every song! Not to mention the pain of the manipulation of mankind expecting more of a girl than what she is willing to share as well as the regret and pain of sharing. A truly thought provoking, inspirational, and heart wrenching CD. Looking forward to buying and listening to everything else this band has to offer!
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