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Live in Rockford, IL, May 2007

Review by Mike Korn

Otep is the kind of band that works better for me live than on record. I am not a fan, to put it plainly. But little Ms. Otep loves her theater and she gives it everything she’s got in the live environment, changing headgear like Madonna changes outfits. Devil horns, combat caps, Muslim veils, and even a pilot’s helmet with flaps…she pretty much wore it all during the performance. There’s something primal about the super low tuned bass, the tribal drumming and squealing guitar that turns the crowd into moshing beasts. Even Otep’s poetry, always the most pretentious part of her recorded output, comes across with force live. She’s also got one of the most beastly growls you’ve ever heard from a female body.
This night Otep really got into a running battle with a heckler in the crowd. Her strong views naturally make for some vocal opponents but she didn’t back off the offender, yelling “F**k me, f**k me, f**k me…yeah, that’s what your mother did, that’s why she left your dad!”, which got a response from the crowd. The biggest response she got was when she asked President Bush, “you rotten motherf**ker”, to resign or be impeached. To which I can only reply, you go, girl!

Overall, it was an interesting, as always, set from Otep.

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