Otto's Daughter Renew

Metal, rock, industrial and goth all get stirred into one big cauldron by this New Jersey act. As much as I hate to say it, there were moments where a female-fronted Marilyn Manson came to mind. Luckily, as I listened further, Jackie van Bierk's smooth vocals evened everything out, likening Otto's Daughter more to Curve than said rock god. Sinister and full of minor chords, there is enough spook in this to keep any goth moping. As far as the industrial element goes, they could have gone more crazy with the programming to mix the 17 tunes up a bit more, as they began to sound too alike after a while. Catchy numbers such as "B" and a cover of Depeche Mode's "Stripped" saved the day by mixing it all up with more of an accessible pop music feel. (Independent)