Smash The Control Machine
2009 | Metal
Spotify | Amazon
“I'm human pollution, I covet retribution. -- I'm just a big mistake, a defect you can subjugate. -- Your ridicule is just typical antics, spineless, mindless, tragic, fanatic."
- Smash The Control Machine hit #47 on The Billboard 200 chart.
- The bands namesake, Otep Shamaya, is featured in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies as a voice-over actor for creatures.
- They were invited to play Ozzfest before they had signed to a label after Sharon Osbourne witnessed their live performance.
THE HOT TAKES
These lyrics are fun. The embracing of social outcast status is usually not my style (says the libertarian!) but it works for me here. I'm a peculiar person, I suppose. My "contra" opinions are many, but I like to live in such a way that you'd never know without asking. We're all bothered by vegans, crossfit people, etc. who do nothing but evangelize 24/7, so I strive to be more reserved than that. Still, if you're going to do it, I guess go all the way. The big questions: "Do we sit still, under attack?" and "Do we start pushing back?" are good to muse about. It may sound a bit "broken record-y" at this point, but my concern is always with taking "rebellion" from a state of mind to a physical force. Violent revolution doesn't seem to end well, even in the case of the American Revolution.
I honestly don’t know how to feel about this band. I want to like them, yet, there is something not quite right. It’s like they can’t decide if they want to be metal or punk, but their punky metal isn’t quite developed yet. This song calls to mind the stepford wives. Everything looks great on the outside, but deep down there are serious problems. Much like America. There is the ideal America that the Hong Kong protestors have taken up. The one where people have the freedom to live how they see fit and be who they want, and can work to improve their station in life. Then there is the one that really exists. The one where no one really owns property. The one where you are not free to ingest certain substances, or sell lemonade. The one where the police can murder you with impunity for the most minor of offenses and many people will blame you for not bowing to the cop appropriately. While I still recognize that I could have it a lot worse in this world, I also understand that gilded cages are still cages. No matter how beautiful, birds want to fly free.
What a terrible song. I made the mistake of actually listening to it instead of just reading the lyrics. It's like smashing all the worst parts of Jonathon Davis into a worse band...I should have ignored it the minute I saw Nu-Metal in the bands description. Sigh. I suppose the damage to my taste is done now, time to move on. I think the song is a cry for women to reject the patriarchy and is perhaps an attempt to set Sarah Palin free? I dunno apparently the Youtube comments seem to take it to mean rebel against the government so I guess it's helping...I'm not sure i want those people and their bad taste in Ancapistan though.