"Atavist", the fifth full-length album from Southern California's OTEP, sold 7,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 61 on The Billboard 200 chart.
OTEP's previous CD, "Smash The Control Machine", opened with 10,400 units back in August 2009 to land at No. 47.
"Atavist" was released on April 26 via Victory Records. Former THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN drummer Gil Sharone laid down the drum tracks on the CD, which was made available in both standard and CD/DVD deluxe editions. The latter features expanded artwork and a poetry book, interviews, a poetry-reading montage, behind-the-scenes footage and music videos.
OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya had the following to say about "Atavist": "This album is a return to the umbra, to the darkest parts of me. I am fortifying this fortress of sound with Cyclopean masonry.
"The language on my lips is forged from forbidden tongues 12 lifetimes old. I am the heart of the gorgon, the broken mind of the lunatic, the courage of the martyr, the voice of the insurrectionist, the agog of the alchemist, I am the defiance in the aching souls waiting for the flame, I am the mighty Minotaur raging against the labyrinths of isolation and sadness.
"There is a purposeful primal spirit to this record, a coded provocation to remember our connection to the infinite, to the mysterious, to each other."