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Formed: 2000
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Otep News

Below is our complete Otep news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast Episode 45

The 45th episode of the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast opens up with "Weighing Down" by New England's band of the week In The Red.

This week co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Dustin Beaudrey ("F.A.N.") also discuss some hot topics brewing in the metal community as of late like Lars Ulrich being blamed for the lack of bass sound on Metallica's 1988 album "...And Justice For All," Veil of Maya adding clean vocals with the new song "Mikasa," and Otep dropping out of yet another tour due to the band's singer being violated.

We then conclude with In The Red's "Blink of an Eye" playing us out. Check out the full new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Ill Nino Issues Statement About Civil Unrest Tour

Following Otep dropping off the Civil Unrest tour after accusing a member of Terror Universal of sexual harrasment, Ill Nino has now issued the following statement about the tour going on without either group:

"Ill Nino does not condone any forced act of violence or sexual nature towards any human beings, nor will we tolerate violations of one's personal space.

"This also goes for cyber-bullying, or making demeaning comments towards ANYONE on social media. We strongly support equality for all.

"We would like to draw closure by stating that the Civil Unrest Tour will continue without participation from either Otep or Terror Universal. We're looking forward to hitting the road, reuniting with our fans and friends, and also sharing the stage with our tour brothers, and sisters, Kittie & 36 Crazyfists. Stay tuned, more bands to be added!!"

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Otep Drops Off Tour, Alleges Sexual Assault

Update: Terror Universal has now parted ways with its front man without stating a specific reason for the split, but it appears likely to be triggered by these events.

Otep has dropped off The Civil Unrest Tour due to issues with another band slated to be on the bill, with front woman Otep Shamaya alleging sexual assault on the part of that group's front man. The Otep Facebook page released this message to fans:

"Before the rumor mill begins: We dropped off the Civil Unrest tour because Terror Universal's molester singer violently grabbed my crotch on our last tour. He’s a drunken joke and a fucking scumbag. He’s lucky security handled it before I or my band could.

"We gave them a shot to play in front of our fans and we were repaid by this drunken jackass violating me during the meet and greet in front of our fans.

"We made it very clear that we will never play any show that has Terror Universal on it. We don’t tolerate any kind of passive sexual violence. We owe that to our fans and I never want to experience anything like that again especially from an opening act we were trying to help by giving them exposure to our TRIBE.

"We will be headlining in May-June and give the TRIBE a proper RIOT without any pants rapists on the bill. Onwards & upwards."

However it appears not everyone agrees with Otep's recounting of events, as The Civil Unrest Tour's Facebook page was just updated with this message in response: More...

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Otep Cancels European Tour

After a U.S. trek with Downfall 2012, Otep has announced the postponement of all the dates for her upcoming European tour. She comments:

"Due to unforeseen circumstances we've had to postpone the European tour. Our hearts are broken. We will reschedule."

For further updates on the situation, check out Otep's Facebook page.

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Downfall 2012 Joining Otep On Tour

Downfall 2012 - the three piece metal / punk / rock outfit from Houston, Texas - is excited and pleased to announce the band has been invited to tour with Otep on an upcoming west coast run.

Also appearing on the trek will be the horror metal band Terror Universal and industrial groove outfit Thira beginning February 5th, 2015. Dates for the tour are as follows:

2/05 Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
2/06 Sebastopol, CA - Aubergine After Dark
2/07 Chico, CA – Lost On Main
2/09 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
2/10 Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper
2/11 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
2/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky A-Go-Go
2/14 Corona, CA – M15 Concert Bar
2/15 Palm Desert, CA – The Hood Bar
2/16 San Diego, CA – The Soda Bar

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Knotfest Adds New Stage, 10 More Bands

Slipknot’s very own Knotfest has revealed additional bands for the October 24th - 26th destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

Featuring Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, and Anthrax, the Knotfest lineup has now added Fear Factory, Napalm Death, Satyricon, Amen, Otep, Prong, Immolation, Attika 7 and more. The new additions will perform on the Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball.

See below for details and look for an announcement in the coming weeks about Knotfest's Stage 004. As previously announced, Slipknot will close Stage 001 both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience.

Slipknot recently posted a first new song in six years, “The Negative One,” which immediately hit #1 on Billboard’s Trending 140 Chart. You can check it out at this location. More...

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Smile Empty Soul To Tour With Wayne Static

Smile Empty Soul has announced an upcoming West Coast tour, "The Civil Unrest Tour," with headliner Wayne Static. Otep, Dope, and Thira will round out the bill for the tour beginning May 8th in Fresno, California. A full list of confirmed "The Civil Unrest Tour" dates can be seen below.

"We're excited to be touring with this great group of bands that have been doing this at a high level for so long," said Smile Empty Soul guitarist/vocalist, Sean Danielsen. "It's a real quality lineup."

Smile Empty Soul is touring in support of its sixth studio album, "Chemicals," which was released in October. Catch the band live: More...

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Otep Posts "Apex Predator" Trailer

With final album "Hydra" secured tightly under her belt, Otep is giving you a preview of her most sexually explicit music video to date for the single “Apex Predator.”

Check out the teaser below and stay tuned for the February 25th world premiere of “Apex Predator."

Directed by PR Brown (Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold), “the Apex Predator video is uncut and uncensored! It might even get banned in a few places for its sexual and violent content, but the message is important. Challenging phobias, hypocrisies and delighting the vices in your mind," comments Otep.

Otep will begin headlining the Seduce and Destroy tour beginning March 8th in Sacramento, California, covering the entire U.S. over seven weeks. Support will come from One Eyed Doll and Picture Me Broken. Full details on the dates are available right here. More...

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Otep Reveals "Seduce And Destroy" Tour

Fresh off the release from her final album, "Hydra," Otep has announced she will be headlining the Seduce and Destroy tour beginning March 8th in Sacramento, California.

Support will come from One Eyed Doll and Picture Me Broken as they make their way through twenty-two cities. See a full listing of tour dates below.

“The Seduce and Destroy World Tour will be a vortex of dissident cabarets, spiritual intercourse, and a complete and total mutiny of the senses. We are excited to bring new songs from Hydra to life on stage and for everyone to finally get a glimpse of this barbaric fiend. Our goal is to pollinate your souls with powerful music and incite mental riots wherever we go,” comments Otep Shamaya. More...

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Victory Records Announces 2013 Releases

Victory Records has checked in with the following statement about upcoming releases in the new year:

"After a successful 2012, Victory Records has summoned their army, with the drive and conviction to make 2013 rock harder than ever before. Pushing boundaries and coloring outside of the lines is to be expected, with a new year, comes a renewed sense of brutality and vengeance; an opportunity to unite fans of all music genres across the world.

"Never one to disappoint, Victory fan favorite Otep plans to deliver her final studio album; an awe-inspiring tale of a girl who has been cast aside, heart set on revenge against the cold world in Hydra, to be released January 22nd.

"The label debut albums of Fall City Fall's Victus and Continents’ Idle Hands, will also be unleashed on January 22nd; already being called some of the most dynamic, raw hardcore collections in a longtime by Outburn. More...

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Victory Records Bands Wish You Happy Holidays

Victory Records has posted a video clip online featuring holiday messages to the fans from members of Blackguard, Continents, A Hero A Fake, God Forbid, Emmure, and more. Check out the clip below, and Victory Records also commented:

"2012 has been a year filled with noteworthy releases and killer tours from Victory Records and their artists. Watch the holiday video below and get ready for a mind-blowing New Year!

"Stay tuned for the release of brand new albums from Otep, Fall City Fall, and Continents out January 22nd. Pre-order packages are available at the Victory Records’ webstore."

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Otep Posts "Fists Fall" Video Montage

Across the nation, Otep's tribe submitted live performance video footage to be included in her “Fists Fall” video montage. Check out the video montage below.

Otep's first ever live album "Sounds Like Armageddon" (11/05) is available at FYE for $9.99 until the end of the year.

Stay tuned for further updates on her sixth full-length studio album "Hydra," due out on January 22nd, 2013 through Victory Records.

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Otep Releasing Live Album

Otep Shamaya has rallied up the tribe and is ready to deliver the first live album of her career, entitled "Sounds Like Armageddon," out November 6th. The following press release was issued about the album:

"If you haven’t had a chance to see her in action now is your time to hear her roar. Sounds Like Armageddon hits hard with eleven gut wrenching tracks from four albums. Otep tears through classics like 'Battle Ready,' 'Blood Pigs,' 'Rise Rebel Resist,' and 'Fists Fall' and will have you banging your head in no time!

"The album also includes the fan favorite cover of Nirvana’s 'Breed' that has become a staple at the end of Otep’s live set. With her ravaging vocals and powerful messages Otep is a multi-dimensional; poet, illustrator, author and activist. Since 2000, she has continued hold her ground, fight for her beliefs and empower thousands of people worldwide."

Otep is also currently in the studio working on her sixth full-length studio album, due out in January 2013. The "Sounds Like Armageddon" track listing is as follows:

1. Battle Ready
2. Fillthee
3. Crooked Spoons
4. Blood Pigs
5. Confrontation
6. My confession
7. Rise Rebel Resist
8. T.R.I.C
9. Ghostflowers
10. Fists Fall
11. Breed More...

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Arcanium Joining Otep On Tour

Denver’s modern metal outfit Arcanium will be joining Otep’s “Destroy to Create” tour featuring Butcher Babies and One Eyed Doll. After finishing the tracking for sophomore album “Ontogenesis” Arcanium will hit the tour starting in Baltimore, MD on August 21st.

Since the band's last tour with Bullet for my Valentine, Arcanium has made a few changes by adding guitarist Adam Stewart and drummer Charley Huwig. “We will be unstoppable” Exclaims J-Sinn, the band’s lead vocalist. “It will be good to get back out on tour and show the world what we have become, and nearly impossible for any true metal head not to dig the new taste of metal we will give them.”

Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

August 21st – Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
August 22nd – Springfield, VA – Empire
August 23rd – Worcester, MA – Palladium Upstairs
August 24th – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
August 25th – Allentown, PA – Croc Rock
August 26th – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster
August 27th – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar
August 28th – Lexington, KY – Busters
August 29th – Knoxville, TN – Valarium
August 30th – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
August 31st – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
September 1st – Huntsville, AL – Crossroads
September 2nd – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
September 3rd – Tallahassee, FL – Coliseum
September 5th – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
September 6th – Tampa, FL – State Theatre
September 7th – Jacksonville, FL – Brewsters
September 8th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

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More Metal Added To The Rock Band Network

Happy Friday to all you Rock Band fanatics! This week there unfortunately aren't that many new metal tracks hitting the Rock Band Network, with the main track of interest coming from reactivated thrashers Forbidden and music from Otep and Pyschostick also coming to the PS3 version next week.

These songs are now available on the Xbox 360 edition of the game:

Anarchy Club - "Built to Grind" (160 MSP)
Forbidden - "Omega Wave" (160 MSP)
Strikken - "Ashes" (80 MSP)
Strikken - "Ashes (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)

These tracks will hit the PS3 on 2/28/2012 (North America) and 2/29/2012 (Europe):

Otep - "Fists Fall" ($1.99)
Psychostick - "BEER!!" ($1.99)

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New Saints Row Game Features Metal Bands

THQ Inc. and Volition, Inc. have now released "Saints Row: The Third" on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The launch trailer has also been posted online and can be viewed here.

"There's no way to describe Saints Row: The Third other than pure, over-the-top fun," said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. "In a sea of games that are doing the same thing over again, it's incredibly refreshing to take Saints Row in a completely new direction, and incredibly satisfying to see the reaction from fans so far. Today, we all embrace the crazy."

The game boasts seven in game radio stations to enjoy while flying and driving through Steelport. Metal Blade Records boasts a huge presence on The Blood, the in-game station featuring an assortment of metal tracks. The complete track listing for the station is below and includes the Metal Blade artists Amon Amarth, Between the Buried and Me, The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Job for a Cowboy and Shai Hulud.

After the Burial "Berzerker"
Amon Amarth "Runes To My Memory"
Between the Buried and Me "Obfuscation"
The Black Dahlia Murder "Necropolis"
Black Veil Brides "Perfect Weapon"
Chemlab "Suicide Jag"
The Dillinger Escape Plan "Farewell, Mona Lisa"
Drowning Pool "Feel Like I Do"
Goatwhore "Apocalyptic Havoc"
Job for a Cowboy "Regurgitated Disinformation"
KMFDM "WW III"
Marylin Manson "arma goddamn mother****in geddon"
Mastodon "Divinations"
Miss May I "Apologies Are For The Weak"
Opeth "The Lotus Eater"
Otep "Rise, Rebel, Resist"
Shai Hulud "Misanthropy Pure"
Strapping Young Lad "Love?"
Tugboat "Slow Revolution"
You Love Her Coz She's Dead "Engine Wrecker"

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Victory Records Offers Free Labor Day Compilation

Victory Records is offering a free Labor Day sampler compilation for download on its Facebook Page. You need to "Like" the page to make the download accessible. The tracklisting for the sampler is listed in the image below.


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Cavalera Conspiracy Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founding members Max and Igor Cavalera, has announced the initial dates for their tour of North America, which will be in support of their latest studio album, "Blunt Force Trauma." Joining them on the trek will be Otep, Earth Crisis and Mold Breaker.

The initial tour dates are as follows (more to be announced shortly):

October 4 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
October 5 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
October 8 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
October 13 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
October 15 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Batisse Indusrielle
October 17 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
November 2 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

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Otep Confronts Rabid Crowd In Springfield, VA

What really attracted me to this show, in addition to the prospect of multiple interviews, was the sheer diversity of the tour package. It was assembled as a promotional tour by Victory Records to showcase some of their big and emerging rock/metal acts, and early on, I’d gathered from a mere glance at the bill that every band would sound substantially different. As it turns out, that wasn’t the half of it.

Happy coincidence placed me in the great state of Virginia, on my annual pilgrimage to my childhood roots, when Otep & Co. stopped at Jaxx in Springfield. I hadn’t been to Jaxx in eight years, so this show was more or less an extension of my nostalgic long-weekend romp through my past. To boot, Saturday, June 18th was beautiful and sunny, and the late afternoon and evening were shaping up to be quite pleasant too. I arrived early with my brother, wingman, and fellow metal fan Will “Fresh Prince” Smith as the line outside the door was beginning to form, and in due time, we’d knocked out a pair of killer interviews with Paul Ablaze and Ari Mihalopoulos – devoted fitness freaks and smiling frontmen for support acts Blackguard and Destrophy, respectively. Unfortunately, Otep herself was battling a sore throat, and her diplomatic tour manager Tristan was forced to cancel my planned interview so she could save her voice for that night’s performance. On the upside, I was promised a chance to make it up via telephone, and our names remained on the guest list.

While Jaxx hosts innumerable high-profile metal acts, it is not a large club – the capacity is considerably less than 1,000. That occasionally makes for a tight squeeze, but the atmosphere is pretty cozy and the layout is comfortably symmetrical. The small box office lobby at the venue’s rear corner leads to an open, dimly lit space with a long bar, flanked by two narrow corridors (along with two pairs of restrooms) that open up into the venue proper. At this point, you’ll find yourself standing on a raised platform that rings the stage in a horseshoe, with another bar in the center rear, and space for merch tables along the sides. Pretty standard, but streamlined and efficient. I enjoyed taking it all in and soaking up the lingering memories from my high school days, back before I could legally order a drink… That reminded me to get my ass to the bar and christen it. More...

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More Metal Songs Hit The Rock Band Network

After several disappointing weeks with less variety in the metal department, this Friday's roundup of new Rock Band Network tracks includes offerings from Amberian Dawn, Black Guard, Ill Nino, Indestructible Noise Command, and Otep. The PS3 edition will also get music from Andromeda and Tesseract starting on the 21st.

The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including even the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Metal

Amberian Dawn - "Come Now Follow" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Come Now Follow" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Field of Serpents" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Field of Serpents" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Sampo" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Sampo" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Talisman" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Talisman" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Blackguard - "A Blinding Light" (160 MSP)
Blackguard - "A Blinding Light" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Ill Niño - "Against The Wall" (160 MSP)
Indestructible Noise Command - "Rain" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Otep - "Fists Fall" (160 MSP)
Where The Ocean Meets The Sky - "The Mettle of a Man" (160 MSP) More...

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