Music Monday: Hai-Q Music Review — ‘Atavist’

OTEP. Atavist. Victory Records.

What’s a Hai-Q? Just our clever moniker for a queer-based quickie review (the “q” is for queer, get it?). In order to catch up on the large number of CDs coming in, we put our intern to the test of coming up with some poetry to describe the music. We’ll focus on the smaller releases so you won’t miss out on the bigger names, but we wanted to give these guys a shot, too. In Hai-Q Music Review, we’ll first take a poetic approach to the album and then round it out with “Additional notes.”

We’re testing out this quick version of a CD review with the newest from OTEP. The queer-fronted metal band just performed in Dallas, but also recently released their latest album Atavist.

Enjoy!

Passionate fury
Bordered on insanity
Finishes with prose

—  admin

REVIEW: OTEP at Trees on Friday night

It took five openers, four-and-a half-hours and one water break to get to OTEP Friday night at Trees, but it was worth the wait. OTEP didn’t go onstage until close to midnight, making me wonder if the whole show was a joke, the punch line being the band not actually going on. Every opening band gave them a shout-out, causing uproarious commotion from the crowd, so surely OTEP would be on soon.

Finally, it was so.

—  admin

Lez-fronted OTEP brings raw metal to Trees

Do not mess with the lez rocker

Otep Shamaya is quite the unpredictable rock star. She’s dead serious about her place in heavy metal and her band OTEP. Last time we interviewed her, every joke we cracked went by without even so much as a chuckle. Or maybe we’re just not funny. She and her boys in the band are on the road supporting their new album Atavist.

DEETS: Trees, 2709 Elm St. Doors at 7 p.m. $15–$19. All ages. TreesDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez