Band Photo: Otep (?)
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
Otep Shamaya has posted the folllowing statement online regarding her band's forthcoming studio album, titled "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 out connection to the infinite, to the mysterious, to each other."
It's a big week for the Rock Band Network, with loads of new rock and metal songs hitting the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii platforms. The 360 edition recently saw new tracks from Kataklysm, Emmure, Comeback Kid, and Evansecence. The Wii is catching up to the other consoles, seeing songs from Emperor, Warpath, Evergreen Terrace, Graveyard BBQ, Death Angel, In This Moment, and Otep on December 21st. The complete list of newly added Rock Band Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Don Johansen - "Unbound Soul"
Sabrosa Purr - "Fashion Kills"
Partially Poetic - "She's a Runaway"
Nonpoint - "Alive and Kicking"
Strayplay - "Vuvuzela Anthem"
Evanescence - "Going Under"
Michael John Ahern - "Drive"
Philip Franco - "Jam"
Rainbowdragoneyes - "Creatures ov Deception"
Comeback Kid - "Do Yourself A Favor"
The Word Alive - "The Hounds of Anubis"
Garage A Trois - "Rescue Spreaders"
Emmure - "10 Signs You Should Leave"
Blessthefall - "Hey Baby, Here's That Song You Wanted"
Matt "Chainsaw" Chaney - "Donuts, Go Nuts!"
Kataklysm - "Determined (Vows of Vengeance) (2x Bass Pedal)"
BS (A. Whiteman) - "Swallow My Children"
Raven Quinn - "Catalyst"
Single White Infidel - "The History of Execution (featuring Bluefusion)"
Bojibian - "Hallway"
I Am King Tony - "Stereo Stereo"
Rain Dogs - "Fallen"
Fear of Water - "Firewall"
Driven By Entropy - "Escaping"
Woe, Is Me - "[&] Delinquents" More...
It's just a few more hours until the work day ends and the weekend finally arrives, and to celebrate those two glorious days there are a few new metal tracks to download through the Rock Band Network. The Xbox 360 edition sees new tracks from Otep, Peruvian act Nautiluz, and Gothic band Pythia. On September 28th the PS3 edition gets more Evile, Cancer Bats, and Norma Jean, while the Wii continues to fill out the back catalog with The Devil Wears Prada, Amberian Dawn, and IWrestledABearOnce. The complete list of new songs added, including the non-metal tracks, can be found below.
New to RBN on Xbox 360 in the past week:
Pythia - "Army of the Damned"
My Morning Jacket - "I'm Amazed"
Otep - "Smash the Control Machine"
Citizen Cope - "I Couldn't Explain Why"
Slim Cessna's Auto Club - "Americadio"
Nautiluz - "Chasing the Light"
Van Friscia - "Epic Symphony in A Flat Minor, First Movement: Marching Out"
Gov't Mule - "Steppin' Lightly"
Barefoot Truth - "Threads"
SexTon - "Ready for Anything"
The Novocaines - "Cup of Coffee"
Amy Courts - "Shiver"
Pink Flag - "Roman Candle"
New Rising Sun - "Holy Ground"
Ultra Saturday - "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" More...
Emmure has now been confirmed to play the upcoming TMT metal festival, which takes place from September 24th - 26th, 2010 in Middletown, New York. Emmure will be performing on the 25th. The list of confirmed bands so far includes Mushroomhead, Silent Civilian, Tantric, Steel Kingdom, Uncaged, Diecast, Goatwhore, Suffocation, Otep, Winds of Plague, Carnifex, and more.
The organizers of New York's TMT Metal Fest have issued the following statement about rumors of bands dropping off the bill:
"Well folks, Contrary to whatever idiots out there in metal land that are saying that any of the National Acts on the Fest are dropping out is a complete lie! I say this! Fuck them all! They are just weak ass haters with nothing else better to do. So if you want to listen to whomever, then go right ahead & sit home!"
The festival is set to take place from September 24th - 26th, 2010 in Middletown, New York. Announced bands for the lineup include Goatwhore, Suffocation, Otep, Winds of Plague, Carnifex, and more.
Joining in on the growing roster of musicians who have commented on the BP oil spill, Otep front woman Otep Shamaya has issued the following statement:
"My friends, I find myself deep in the rolling green of the beautiful Southern territory of flavorful Fayetteville, Arkansas. The hills are rich with a monochrome flora and the arching landscape is crested by a silky blue sky brimming with billowing clouds moving slowly overhead like an enormous ghost armada returning victorious from war. The heat is thick and sweltering. It is a strange and wondrous sensory experience.
"I see all this and am amazed how anyone could live surrounded by such beauty but care so very little about maintaining it. I wonder if future generations will ever believe days like this actually existed or will they assume that these are just the words of a demented mind twisted with fantasy or folklore? Perhaps they will lament on the rugged Eden that their ancestors took for granted and squandered in the heavy stink of apathy and inaction? More...
Victory Records has issued the following statement about offering a free sampler for download over Memorial Day weekend:
"In honor of Memorial Day weekend, Victory Records and VictoryMetal.com are releasing the perfect soundtrack to your backyard BBQ; a free Memorial Day Metal digital Sampler! A fist full of metal from Victory’s heaviest artists will be available for download throughout the entire weekend.
"Leading the sampler’s illustrious mix, metal rockers, Sister Sin leak their rock anthem 'Outrage' from the new, never-before-heard album True Sound Of The Underground, hitting the streets June 22nd. Metal superstars, and freshly-signed Ill Nino debut an unreleased track from their upcoming Victory Records debut. This sampler will also include first-listen opportunities from the upcoming releases of All Out War, Corpus Christi, Grave Maker, Pathology, and Wretched, but not forgetting label-favorites Otep, Between the Buried and Me, Taproot, Emmure, Carnifex, Destropy, and more!
"The newly re-designed and completely updated VictoryMetal, Victory Records' premiere metal outlet, will host this Memorial Day sampler through the weekend only. Download the first half of the sampler now, and check in again tomorrow to access the rest of the tracks. Kick off your day by head-banging and air guitar-ing to the heaviest and grittiest metal you’ll ever find, for free."
Here's the complete tracklisting for part 1:
Sister Sin "Outrage"
Pathology "Code Injection"
Beneath The Sky "Terror Starts At Home"
Destrophy "Rise Of The Overman"
OTEP "Run For Cover"
Taproot "Game Over"
Emmure "I Thought You Met Telly And Turned Me Into Casper"
Carnifex "Hell Chose Me"
Corpus Christi "Blood In The Water"
Update: Part two is now online as well, available at the same location.
Otep is currently gearing up to embark on the "Spectacular Massacre" tour. The first leg, beginning on June 4th, will have support from I Wrestled a Bear Once, Stary From the Path, and Bury Tomorrow, while the second leg will have a new set of supporting acts including The Birthday Massacre, Beneath the Sky, and The Agonist. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
6/4/10 Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
6/5/10 Bakersfield, CA @ ROCKIN ROOTS FEST Stramler Park w/ Unwritten Law, Pierce The Veil
6/7/10 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
6/8/10 Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theater
6/9/10 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
6/10/10 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarian
6/11/10 Milwaukee, WI @ PRIDEFEST - Henry W. Maier Festival Park w/ Kathy Griffin
6/12/10 Appleton, WI @ Revolution
6/13/10 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
6/14/10 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
6/16/10 Fayetteville, AR @ Drifter's
6/17/10 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
6/18/10 Lima, OH @ Ohio Theater
6/19/10 Jackson, MI @ ROCKAPALOOZA - Jackson County Fairgrounds w/ Sevendust
6/20/10 Mt. Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theater
6/21/10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
6/23/10 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
6/24/10 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
6/25/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
6/26/10 Philadelphia, PA @ The Blockley
6/27/10 Herkimer, NY @ The Spotlight
6/28/10 Manchester, NH @ Rocko's
6/30/10 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall More...
Otep frontwoman, Otep Shamaya, has issued the following comments on the passing of 38 year old bassist Paul Gray of Slipknot:
“One of my earliest memories of Paul was our first tour of Ozzfest together - watching him mow down a 10 foot high fence in a 'borrowed' golf cart and that famous deviant, yet innocent grin of his as he scampered back to his bus. And then I witnessed his wonderful insanity on stage. It is painful to write about Paul in the past tense. But he was, as the inscription on Jim Morrison's headstone reads 'kata ton daimona eautou,' true to his own spirit. Part mystic, part madman, Paul was a savagely beautiful human being, an incredible writer, musician, & performer, and an amazing friend.
"For those of us he touched through friendship or by his incredible music, there is some anger and outrage at this loss, the senselessness of it, but most of all, it is the heavy drapes of sadness that devours us. Another candle fades into the night; another shadow ascends into the light. Rest in power, my friend. Shake the walls of paradise for us.”
Otep has posted a new music video for the song "Rise, Rebel, Resist" online. Watch the video below:
South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD has announced they will be supporting OTEP, alongside BURY YOUR DEAD and DESTROPHY from February 15th though April 2nd. The band will be supporting their third full length, "Skepsis," which will hit the streets on February 2nd on Prosthetic Records. Pre-order packages are available now through the label's webstore.
The title track, "Skepsis" will debut this Monday, January 11th at 4:30pm EST by Jose Mangin on Sirius/XM's Liquid Metal. It will be replayed at 8:40pm EST and 11:30pm EST, as well.
The tour dates are:
2/15/10 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse Music Venue
2/16/10 Farmington, NM @ Totah Theater
2/17/10 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/18/10 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
2/19/10 Salina, KS @ The Blue Goat
2/21/10 Cincinnati, OH @ Inner Circle
2/23/10 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
2/25/10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
2/26/10 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
2/27/10 Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
2/28/10 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
3/2/10 Orono, ME @ 103 Ultra Lounge
3/3/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/4/10 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
3/5/10 Reading, PA @ The Silo Nightclub
3/6/10 Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
3/7/10 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
3/9/10 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
3/10/10 Spartanburg, SC @ Gground Zero
3/11/10 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
3/12/10 Orlando, FL @ Lyrica
3/16/10 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
3/17/10 Houston, TX @ Rocbar
3/18/10 Mission, TX @ Smokin Aces
3/19/10 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/20/10 Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
3/21/10 Gallup, NM @ El Morro Theater
3/24/10 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
3/25/10 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/26/10 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
3/27/10 Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
3/28/10 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
3/31/10 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
4/1/10 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
4/2/10 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
Guitarist Justin Longshore commented on "Skepsis:" "Our new record 'Skepsis' finally captures the sound we've always envisioned. I have no doubt in my mind that new and old fans of the band will be pleased when they hear it!"
Since signing with Prosthetic in 2005, TTEOTD has SoundScanned nearly 60,000 copies and toured with a who's who of heavy music, perhaps most notably as part of the now-legendary 2006 Sounds of the Underground tour that featured a stacked lineup of metal gods In Flames, Trivium, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon, As I Lay Dying and more.
Tonight's Headbangers Ball on MTV2 at 2 AM ET/PT will feature Valient Thorr and the following lineup of videos:
Valient Thorr - "Tomorrow Police"
Isis - "20 Minutes/ 40 Years"
Miss May I - "Forgive and Forget"
Otep - "Smash The Control Machine"
Converge - "Axe To Fall"
Echoes the Fall - "Break Away"
Janus - "Eyesore"
TNA (Total Nonstop Action) wrestling has partnered with Otep to use their song, "Smash The Control Machine" as the theme song to their next pay per view event, "Final Resolution." The show will take place in Orlando, Florida and will be held on the 20th of December. You can watch a preview for the event below. More...
Tonight's Headbangers Ball on MTV2 at 2 AM ET/PT will feature Drowning Pool and the following lineup of videos:
Drowning Pool - "Shame"
Miss May I - "Forgive and Forget"
Otep - "Smash The Control Machine"
Converge - "Axe To Fall"
Echoes the Fall - "Break Away"
American rock outfit Otep has posted their new music video online for the song, "Smash The Control Machine." You can check it out below. The song is the title track from the bands forthcoming new studio album, which will be released on August 18th. More...
Shadows Fall has announced a huge fall tour with fellow metallers Five Finger Death Punch. The “Shock and Raw Tour” kicks off on September 22 in San Francisco and runs through November. The tour also features Otep and 2 Cents. The latest tour dates can be found below.
The pre-sale for "Retribution," the new album from SHADOWS FALL, starts Tuesday, August 11. Fans will be able to order both the regular and deluxe package of the CD. The deluxe version of the album features a companion DVD and very, very exclusive box set with all kinds of great items. The pre-sale is available for fan club members ONLY starting Monday. All you have to do to become a fan club member is sign up for a member profile on their site, shadowsfall.com, for free.
SHADOWS FALL will be releasing "Retribution" on September 15 on Everblack Industries. The label was formed by the band in conjunction with Warner Music ILG, Ferret Music, and ChannelZERO Entertainment. For more information on Everblack Industries, visit everblackindustries.com. "Retribution" was produced by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Municipal Waste), with vocal production by Elvis Baskette (Incubus, Alter Bridge).
Here are the latest "Shock and Raw Tour" dates with Five Finger Death Punch, Otep, and 2 Cents: More...
Otep has announced the following US tour dates with Destrophy and Seven Year Existence and signing sessions:
08/8 - CLICKS - Tyler, Texas
08/10 - POPS NITE CLUB - Sauget, Illinois
08/11 - THE BEAUMONT CLUB - Kansas City, Missouri
08/12 - THE ROCK - Maplewood, Minnesota
08/13 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - ROLLING STONES - Norridge, Illinois
08/13 - THE PEARL ROOM - Mokena, Illinois
08/14 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - FYE - Dublin, Ohio
08/14 - WOODSHOCK FESTIVAL - Bellefontaine, Ohio
08/15 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - FYE - Auburn Mills, Michigan
08/15 - HARPO’S CONCERT THEATRE - Detroit, Michigan
08/16 - RIVERSTAR ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX - Cincinnati, Ohio
08/17 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - LOONEY TUNES - West Babylon, New York
08/18 - CD RELEASE! BLENDER THEATRE - New York, New York
08/19 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - VINTAGE VINYL - Fords, New Jersey
08/19 - STARLAND BALLROOM - Sayreville, New Jersey
08/20 - LOST HORIZON - Syracuse, New York
08/21 - ROCK THE INK FESTIVAL - Providence, Rhode Island
08/22 - WEBSTER THEATRE - Hartford, Connecticut
08/23 - CROCODILE ROCK - Allentown, Pennsylvania
08/25 - BURBON STREET’S THE QUARTER - Baltimore, Maryland
08/26 - HOOLIGANS - Jacksonville, North Carolina
08/27 - JESTERS - Fayetteville, North Carolina
08/29 - CLUB FIRESTONE - Orlando, Florida
08/31 - THE CITY CLUB - Houma, Louisiana
09/ 5 - BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL - Seattle, Washington
VICTORY RECORDS has signed Los Angeles recording artist OTEP. OTEP has sold over half a million albums sold over the course of three studio albums. Singer, songwriter, renegade Otep Shamaya describes the band’s music as “a total and complete mutiny on the senses. We are a fusion band by nature, inspired by many styles and tones from a variety of musical genres- rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, spoken word, jazz and classic rock. We never allow the antiquated limits of a genre confine or restrict us. Our music is universal and does not belong nor can it be contained in a nice, neat, little box.”
The first release under the new alliance is OTEP’s highly anticipated fourth full-length studio album “Smash the Control Machine.” The new studio album will be released August 18, 2009. Ms. Shamaya says of the album, “The economic crisis is hitting every working family in this country. The album and its title track, 'Smash The Control Machine,' will lay bare the greed and corruption that fostered this calamity, but will also focus on the undying spirit of the working class that always fights the good fight. The title is a line from a William S. Burroughs poem. It is my intention to create an album that serves every head of the hydra that is OTEP. From poetry, to politics, to shock and awe, to sex and righteousness, to standing up and fighting back. Like the mystical symbol of the Ouroboros (the sacred serpent swallowing its tail) all things will be brought back to circle.” More...
Fresh off a summer trek on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival the members of Walls of Jericho will be returning to the states to continue their ongoing touring. The band is currently headlining Europe's "Hell on Earth" and gearing up for more domination in the states with this fall US trek to kick off October 27 and run through the end of November.
Here are the latest Walls of Jericho tour dates with Ill Nino and Otep:
October 27, 2008 New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon Street Night Club
October 28, 2008 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (music Park)
October 30, 2008 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
October 31, 2008 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan's
November 1, 2008 Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's Pub
November 2, 2008 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
November 4, 2008 New York, NY @ Blender Theatre @ Gramercy
November 5, 2008 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
November 6, 2008 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
November 7, 2008 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
November 8, 2008 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
November 9, 2008 Mt. Clemens, MI @ The Hayloft
November 11, 2008 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
November 12, 2008 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
November 14, 2008 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's
November 15, 2008 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
November 16, 2008 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
November 17, 2008 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
November 18, 2008 Beaumont, TX @ Scout Bar
November 20, 2008 San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
November 21, 2008 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
November 22, 2008 Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
November 23, 2008 Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
November 25, 2008 Farmington, NM @ Gator's Bar And Grill
November 26, 2008 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
November 28, 2008 Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's
November 30, 2008 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Gothenburg, Sweden’s SISTER SIN has announced that they will be touring the U.S. this October/November with Ill Nino, OTEP and Walls Of Jericho.