Monday, October 29, 2012

CD Review: Victory Records Unleashes New Albums From Ill Nino and Otep

After the release of their heavy metal smash album from Sister Sin, Victory Records returns with a couple more albums to enjoy. First up is Ill Nino with their brand new album, “Epidemia.” They come bursting out your speakers with “The Depression” with their dark heavy metal sound. The musicianship on the band’s sixth album shows how this band has matured since their first release over ten years ago. The tribal rhythms are heard throughout the album, especially in the songs “Only The Unholy” and “Demi-God.” The band’s speed and power overtakes you on “La Epidemia,” but the stick to a more mainstream metal sound on “Eva” and “Death Wants More.” The album closes strong with the power and energy of “Invisible People.”
Ill Nino just wrapped a string of live dates, but look for more shows as the new album was just released on October 22. For more information, check out the band’s facebook page at
Also coming from Victory Records is a live album from Otep entitled “Sounds Like Armageddon.” The album was recorded during her 2012 Destroy To Create Tour, which spans her entire career. After calling out her battle cry in “Battle Ready,” Otep just kicks ass with one her earlier songs “Fillthee.”Otep attacks the crowd with “Crooked Spoons” and “Confrontation” from one her bigger albums, “The Ascension.” She doesn’t touch upon her most recent album, “Atavist” until the end, with an aggressive live version of “Fists Fall.” The album closes with raw, rocking rendition of Nirvana’s “Breed” dedicated to “the late, to the great, Kurt Donald Cobain.”
The new live album will be released on November 6. For more information, please visit Otep’s facebook page at

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