Atavist (album)

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Studio album by Otep
Released April 26, 2011
Recorded Late 2010
Genre Alternative metal, groove metal, thrash metal, heavy metal
Length 50:55
Label Victory Records
Producer Ulrich Wild
Otep chronology
Smash the Control Machine
Singles from Atavist
  1. "Fists Fall"
    Released: April 6, 2011
  2. "Not to Touch the Earth"
    Released: May 4, 2011

Atavist is the fifth full-length studio album by American metal band Otep. The album was released on 26 April 2011 through Victory Records.

On March 8, Otep Shamaya shared the track titles "Atom to Adam", "Blood of Saints", "Remember to Forget", and "We Dream Like Lions" via Facebook and Twitter.

On March 15, Otep Shamaya shared the track title "Not to Touch the Earth" via Twitter at 8PM PST. The track is a cover of The Doors song of the same name.

On March 21, Victory Records launched an audio stream of the song "Drunk on the Blood of Saints".

The first single from the album, "Fists Fall", made its debut on Full Metal Jackie Radio on March 26. On March 29, the single was available to purchase separately or as a bundle along with the song "Not to Touch the Earth" on iTunes.

On April 16, 2011 the entire album was available to stream :30 and 1:30 previews of all songs via iTunes.

This is the first album to not feature long-time bassist Jason "eViL j" McGuire who left the band on September 30, 2010.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Metalholic (7.8/10) link
Sputnikmusic (3.1/5) link
Metal Storm (7.7/10) link
Revolver 3/5 stars link


Unlike a lot of the band's earlier music, this album lacks hip-hop and rap metal elements. The album features elements of groove metal, alternative metal and even thrash metal.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Otep Shamaya; all music composed by Rani Sharone, Gil Sharone, Collyn McCoy, Tony Campos, Markus Estrada, Ulrich Wild, except where noted otherwise.

No. Title Length
1. "Atavist Animus" 0:46
2. "Atom to Adam" 4:05
3. "Drunk on the Blood of Saints" 4:04
4. "Remember to Forget" 4:24
5. "Skin of the Master" 3:47
6. "We Dream Like Lions" 3:13
7. "I, Alone" 3:41
8. "Baby's Breath" 7:12
9. "Fists Fall" 3:50
10. "Stay" 4:43
11. "Bible Belt" 5:38
12. "Not to Touch the Earth" (John Paul Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison) 5:32
Total length: 50:55

Deluxe Edition DVD[edit]

  • Baby's Breath (A Short Film)
  • Spiritual Intercourse (Inside the Mind of Otep Shamaya)
  • Alchemy & Atavism
  • Smash The Control Machine (Music Video)
  • Rise, Rebel, Resist (Music Video)
  • Run for Cover (Music Video)



  • Mastering - Dave Collins
  • Photography - Djosefin Maurer
  • Layout - Doublej
  • Package Design - Doublej
  • Illustrations - Joey James Hernandez
  • Art Direction - Otep
  • Assistant - Raider
  • Engineer - Ulrich Wild
  • Mixing - Ulrich Wild
  • Producer - Ulrich Wild