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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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Otep Releases New Music Video

Earlier this year, Otep unleashed latest album "Generation Doom" via Napalm Records and during a break inbetween tours, the band got together and filmed a video for the track "Zero."

Regarding the video, Otep says: "We wanted to capture not only what it looks like during our live shows, but what it FEELS like. That raw, undulating emotional chaos that permeates every atom of every person who attends. If you haven't been to one of our rituals, this is what it feels like to have your soul explode and your heart catch fire."

OTEP is currently on the road with the "Equal Rights, Equal Lefts" tour, which stops tonight in Macon, GA and runs through August 29th in Santa Ana, CA.

8/17: Macon, GA @ Cox Capital Theater
8/18: West Palm Beach, FL @ Kelsey Theater
8/19: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theatre (Tampa)
8/20: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
8/23: Dallas, TX @ Trees
8/24: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
8/26: Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
8/27: Tucson, AZ @ Club XS
8/28: Fresno, CA @ Bullfrogs
8/29: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory More...

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Otep Announces "Equal Rights, Equal Lefts" Tour

Earlier this spring Otep released latest album "Generation Doom" via Napalm Records. Having recently wrapped up a first North American tour in support of the album, Otep is returning to the road this summer with the "Equal Rights, Equal Lefts" tour.

The tour begins July 10th in Phoenix, AZ and crisscrosses the United States, ending August 28th in Fresno, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...

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Otep Posts "In Cold Blood" Video

Otep's seventh studio album and Napalm Records debut "Generation Doom, produced by Howard Benson, was released last Friday, April 15th.

The album's latest single "In Cold Blood" today receives a full music video, which can be seen below.

The clip was directed by Paul R. Brown (having previously worked with My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace, Audioslave, Slipknot, Sevendust, Bullet for My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold and Static-X to name a few).

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Otep Streaming Full New Album

Otep's seventh studio album and Napalm Records debut "Generation Doom" will be released this Friday, April 15th.

Today the full album has also come online for early streaming. Give it a listen below, courtesy of Billboard.com.

In support of the new album, Otep has embarked on the "Generation Doom" tour, featuring support from Lacey Sturm (Ex-Flyleaf), September Mourning, Through Fire and Doll Skin. The tour is underway right now and runs through May 28th in Los Angeles, CA. More...

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Otep Streaming New Track

Today the third song from Otep's "Generation Doom" comes online. Check out "In Cold Blood" below. Otep had the following to say to AfterEllen.com about the song:

"There are nights I think of you. Suffering in the sweet amnesia of nostalgia. Then I remember the cold loneliness of being by your side & I hear my own voice whispering in the night, 'There's something wrong with me for thinking something's right with you. In cold blood. In cold blood.' This bit of writing created the song 'In Cold Blood.' It was really hard to share something so private and personal but I'm glad I did." More...

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Otep Gives Zero Fucks

Otep is now streaming a new song online titled "Zero," which can be heard below. She comments on the track:

"While the world is slowly dying all they do is whine about the things they can't buy with money they don't have. And I don't give a fuck. Not a single fuck. Zero fucks given."

Otep's seventh studio album and Napalm Records debut "Generation Doom" was produced by Howard Benson and will be released April 15th.

Otep has also announced the "Generation Doom" tour, featuring support from Lacey Sturm (Ex-Flyleaf), September Mourning, Through Fire, and Doll Skin. The tour kicks off April in 8th in Las Vegas, NV and runs through May 28th in Los Angeles, CA. More...

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Otep Announces "Generation Doom" Tour

Otep's seventh studio album and Napalm Records debut "Generation Doom" was produced by Howard Benson and will be released April 15th.

In support of the new album, Otep has announced The "Generation Doom" Tour. The tour features support from Lacey Sturm (Ex-Flyleaf), September Mourning, Through Fire, and Doll Skin. This trek kicks off April in 8th in Las Vegas, NV and runs through May 28th in Los Angeles, CA.

A complete list of dates can be found below. Otep comments: "This will be spiritually lawless celebration of art & freedom." More...

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Otep Posts New Single

Otep's seventh studio album and Napalm Records debut "Generation Doom," produced by Howard Benson, will be released April 15th. Today the first song from "Generation Doom" comes online - check out "Lords Of War" below.

About the song, Otep Shamaya says: "'Lords Of War' is a cry of defiance against the ever-encroaching military industrial complex, against police brutality, against tyranny in politics, against CAFO's, against the injustices our people face on a daily basis.

"Revolution is the opiate of the artist. We'd rather be in battle than at peace. We'd rather be a wolf than a sheep. They've had their chance to reign. But this is our time, our moment. We are 'Generation Doom.'"

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Zero
2. Feeding Frenzy
3. Lords Of War
4. Royals (Lorde Cover)
5. In Cold Blood
6. Down
7. God Is A Gun
8. Equal Rights, Equal Lefts
9. No Color
10. Lie
11. Generation Doom
12. On The Shore More...

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Otep Releasing "Generation Doom"

The details of Otep's seventh studio record and Napalm Records debut "Generation Doom" have been revealed today. The album is set for an April 15th release, and Otep comments:

"Revolution is the opiate of the artist. In pain. We remain. But healed in the sweet addiction to art. We are. For this album, I unleashed my soul and allowed it to soar freely.

"I communed with the moon in the chrome of its light. I kissed the sun at its fiery height. I waged war with the Nightmare Kings, I sinned with the opalescent women in the roaring seas of poetry.

"On a cycloptic mare, hooves made of iron and air, I charged into the inky heart of art and roared at the old gods in the ashes of their ruin, 'You can't look away, WE ARE YOUR MISTAKE. WE... ARE... GENERATION DOOM!'"

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Zero
2. Feeding Frenzy
3. Lords Of War
4. Royals (Lorde Cover)
5. In Cold Blood
6. Down
7. God Is A Gun
8. Equal Rights, Equal Lefts
9. No Color
10. Lie
11. Generation Doom
12. On The Shore More...

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The Best And Worst Of Metal In 2015

We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.

This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.

On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.

After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.

While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.

The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015

Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.

But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.

The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...

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Otep Signs With Napalm

Los Angeles California's Otep has signed with Austrian-based Napalm Records. Producer Howard Benson will be handling the productions duties on the band's new album that is due out in 2016.

Otep commented on joining the Napalm Records Roster: "Signing with Napalm Records is one of the most exciting alliances I've ever made. I haven't felt this excited to write a new album since 'Sevas Tra.'

"There's a lot of work to do, a lot of music to write, a lot of things to say, a lot of injustices to confront and a lot of madness to summon and capture. To be able to forge this sacred alchemy with the dark brilliance of producer Howard Benson is a dream come true."

Napalm Records A&R Demetri Benoist commented about the signing of Otep: "Beyond excited to be working with such a polarizing artist who stands for something and is not afraid to speak their mind. This is a new beginning in Otep's history and Napalm Records is committed to making it the most successful! Let the Otep Revolution begin."

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Podcast

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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