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Formed: 2000
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.

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Otep Frontwoman Speaks On Being A Lesbian

Larry Nichols of Philadelphia Gay News recently conducted an interview with OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya.

"There's an old saying that labels are for soup cans," Shamaya said about the band's supposed association with nu-metal. "We're more of a fusion band. That's one of the things I wanted to accomplish when I started the band, to invite people that had many different styles and inspirations and wanted to make really aggressive emotional music. That included having inspirations from everything from punk to grunge to hip-hop to metal to spoken word poetry. Perhaps that's how we avoided it. It was the wrong category for us."

She continued, "There's a lot of metal traditionalists out there that don't consider us metal and that's fine. I don't really consider us metal either."

While there are more women in the metal scene today, openly gay practitioners of metal are few and far between. Shamaya said that being a lesbian hasn't been much of as issue in her career.

"The fact that I like girls doesn't seem to have an effect on anything," she said. "The fact that I find women beautiful doesn't have anything to do with the quality of our work or our songs. I think it would be more of an issue if I was a guy. One of the biggest stereotypes of people who are interested in same-gender relationships is that [people think] I can't find men attractive, which is absolutely false. I just don't have a sexual interest in them. The way our culture views the distinction between a gay man and a gay woman — that would be a bigger issue. I don't think it really matters in the end. Most people don't pay attention to the fact that I like girls. Why would they? I'm not trying to convert anyone. I'm not trying to give them 'the gay.' I'm just up here writing songs."

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Otep Cancel Ventura Show

OTEP has issued the following statement:

"Due to a serious medical condition, OTEP must regretfully cancel their part in the [November 16] Ventura, CA show [on Balls Volume Strength Tour with HELLYEAH and BLOODSIMPLE]. OTEP plans to resume the tour in Vegas at the House of Blues on Saturday, November 17th. The band offers their sincere apologies but it's something that just can't be avoided."

OTEP has scheduled the following headlining shows during the "off" days on Balls Volume Strength Tour:

Nov. 18 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
Nov. 30 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's Music Store
Dec. 06 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Dec. 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Dec. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon

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Otep Announce Headlining Dates

OTEP has scheduled the following headlining shows during the "off" days on the band's current Balls Volume Strength Tour with HELLYEAH and BLOODSIMPLE:

Nov. 18 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
Nov. 30 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's Music Store
Dec. 06 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Dec. 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Dec. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon More...

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Otep To Film Two New Videos

OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya has issued the following update:

"As I sit here sipping stale coffee and waiting for the bus to pick us up from the hotel, it dawned on me that I haven't written any updates or tour diaries (properly) yet. So here it is, enjoy.

"To begin with, the shows have been amazing. Each time we go out the level of your intensity increases beyond our wildest expectations. Thank you for your support, your belief, and your passion.

"Next, YES! 'The_Ascension' has been released and YES, some places have different versions. You get two extra tracks at Best Buy, Newbury Comics has autographed copies (yes we did them ALL by hand), and iTunes has an additional spoken-word piece (I wrote and recorded) PLUS it includes an exclusive digital booklet specifically designed for iTunes! I've been told the infuriating iTunes error has been remedied and all systems are GO! I just bought the album and downloaded it and it plays just fine.

"We get a lot of messages about where to buy the album, so hopefully this clears it up.

"OH! We are also about to release two new videos created with the visual genius, PR Brown. 'Confrontation' and 'Breed' should be released very soon and, as expected, we are extremely excited about them. 'Confrontation' will have a really unique feature that includes fan involvement but I can't reveal too much more about that or it would ruin the surprise."

OTEP's new album, "The_Ascension", sold 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Dave Fortman (MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE), "The_Ascension" sees the band challenging itself to avoid clichés and classifications and finding a new landscape of sound and vision. "We said 'genre limits and music fads be damned, let's write music that is important to us and that motivates us," explained Shamaya. "I wanted to write songs we believe in and let nothing stop us from building the album we want to make."

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Invitro Line Up Dates With Drowning Pool and Otep

INVITRO, the Los Angeles aluminum foil clad five-piece that has been tearing up stages on tours with STATIC-X, SEVENDUST, HELLYEAH and the Family Values Tour; has been confirmed as direct support for DROWNING POOL. The band has also announced some dates in support of OTEP.

INVITRO recently released their debut album “When I Was A Planet” through Gridiron Records, a label formed by INVITRO guitarist Mikey Doling and Kansas City Chiefs‘ Offensive tackle Kyle Turley. Since the album’s release, Revolver Magazine stated, “Beneath the humor are some of the most intricate riffs and sharpest melodies you’ll hear this year. Come to Planet for the mirth; stay for the music,” while Metal Edge Magazine proclaimed “the musicianship and originality are incredible. These aluminum foil luchadors are on a whole other level.” More...

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Otep Working On Two New Videos

Los Angeles quartet OTEP has announced new tour dates with HELLYEAH and BLOODSIMPLE. The Balls Volume Strength Tour will kick off in Michigan at The Fillmore Detroit on October 30 and close out on December 7 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

OTEP has gone into pre-production for two brand-new videos from their upcoming album, "The_Ascension". The band has called on music video director P.R. Brown (SMASHING PUMPKINS, JAMES BLUNT) to produce the videos for "Breed" and "Confrontation". Brown wrote the treatment for "Confrontation", while frontwoman Otep Shamaya has written the treatment for the NIRVANA cover "Breed". The videos are set to be filmed in Los Angeles.

Brown has previously worked with OTEP on the video for "GhostFlowers".

The upcoming tour will support the October 30 release of OTEP's new album, "The_Ascension". For the album, OTEP called on Dave Fortman (MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE) to produce, and also enlisted Grammy-nominated guitarist Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE, HELLYEAH) to co-write three songs. To date, OTEP has sold over 400,000 units.

Balls Volume Strength Tour dates:

Oct. 30 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore (formerly State Theatre)
Oct. 31 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
Nov. 02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
Nov. 03 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
Nov. 04 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Nov. 06 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Nov. 07 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
Nov. 09 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
Nov. 10 - El Paso, TX - Cohen Coliseum (KLAQ show)
Nov. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Nov. 13 - Santa Ana, CA Galaxy
Nov. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Nov. 16 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Nov. 17 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Nov. 23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Nov. 27 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater
Nov. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theater
Nov. 30 - Ft Myers, FL - City of Palms Park (Radio show)
Dec. 02 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
Dec. 04 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa
Dec. 05 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head
Dec. 07 - Worcester, MA – The Palladium

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Otep Signs To Koch Records, Sets Release Date

KOCH Records has announced a new revenue-sharing partnership with OTEP. The deal is a multi-album, worldwide deal.

The first release under this new agreement is the band's highly anticipated new full-length album, "The Ascension," slated for release on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007. The Ascension is their third full-length album, and the band challenged itself to avoid clichés and classifications and find a new landscape of sound and vision. "We said 'genre limits and music fads be damned, let's write music that is important to us and that motivates us," explains Otep Shamaya, the band's namesake and driving force. "I wanted to write songs we believe in and let nothing stop us from building the album we want to make."

Produced by Dave Fortman (Mudvayne, Evanescence), The Ascension is a "heavy duty masterpiece" as Harder Beat calls it. Metal Edge states, "The Ascension finds the band in top-form." And Blender offers, "Otep's third album mostly stays within the realm of four-horsemen drum attacks, wrist twisting riffage and dark-lit industrial eeriness."

Otep Shamaya adds, "We've been called the renegades of art-rock and it's invigorating and empowering to now have the support of a label that understands and embraces the explosive trends of technology and fortifies our mission of breaking the mold of the mundane. This unification of KOCH and OT3P embraces the new business model for an artist/label partnership that destroys the fossilized thinking that has decimated the music industry. I am excited and honored to be partnering with such an amazingly forward thinking label and look forward to the many conquests and creative successes our collective future now holds."

Look for the band to tour soon in support of The Ascension with band members Brian, Aaron and eVil J. The band just completed a National tour with Static-X this past summer and is set to begin touring in support of the album in the very near future.

Bob Frank, President of KOCH Records states, "OTEP are positioned to be the biggest band in metal. This partnership gives us all the ability to truly work together and make it happen. With Otep Shamaya, Zen Media Group and KOCH metal god Scott Givens on point, we have an unbeatable team."

Scott Givens, VP of Metal adds, "We feel we have perfect vehicle for Otep and all her creative visions. From musical to visual to spoken word we could not be happier that she has chosen Koch to be her partner as she continues her already amazing career."

OTEP is managed by the Zen Media Group (HellYeah, Mudvayne, Bloodsimple).

You can check out some previews of Otep's new material on their MySpace page.

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Static-X Cannibalizes Starland Ballroom

Saturday, May 5, 2007, I saw Static-X for my third time at the Starland Ballroom of Sayreville, NJ. This time was different from all the others because this time, I got to meet Static-X. Well, ok, I’m exaggerating a bit; I got to interview Tony Campos from Static-X, the bass player for those who don’t know. The interview was an amazing opportunity for me and was a great way to start off an awesome show. After the interview, which took place at about 7:00pm, I headed into the venue just as the second opener was finishing. The band’s name was Divinity Destroyed. More...

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Otep Finally Dropped From Capitol After Merger

Tunelab Music reports that the saga of whether or not Otep were still signed to Capitol Records is over. In a recent blog, the band revealed that they are now "free agents" and are exploring other possibilities. No word on if their new album 'The Ascension' will be released or remain on a shelf for eternity.

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Otep Post Another New Song Online

California's OTEP has posted another new track, entitled "March of the Martyrs", on its MySpace page. The song comes off the group's long-awaited third full-length album, "The Ascension", due later in the year. The CD was recorded in New Orleans over the course of several months with Grammy-winning producer Dave Fortman (EVANESCENCE, MUDVAYNE).

OTEP recently parted ways with guitarist Karma Cheema (ex-AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE). His replacement is a guitarist presently only known by his first name: Aaron.

OTEP has rejected persistent rumors that the band has been dropped by Capitol Records as a result of the recently announced merger of Capitol and Virgin Records into the Capitol Music Group.

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Otep On CNN Special "People You Should Know"

As part of the "People You Should Know" special, CNN.com users sent in their nominations for people they'd like to know more about and one such user was James Padgett of Indiana, who stated, "I would like to see a story on Otep Shamaya. She is the lead singer of the band Otep. She was sexually and emotionally abused as a child and now advocates for kids in that situation. Her lyrics seem to send the message: Get mad, then get help." Other "People You Should Know" nominee recipients include Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith as well as U2's frontman, Bono. CNN.com chose to feature a photo of Otep, however.

With regards to the appointing of Otep for CNN.com's "People You Should Know", Otep Shamaya states, "This is an unexpected honor to be nominated on my favorite news site."

Otep is currently touring across the country alongside Static-X. Remaining tour dates are as follows: More...

Read the full article at CNN.com.

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Static-X Preimere New Video For "Destroyer"

Static-X will be premiering their new video for the song, "Destroyer", off their new album, "Cannibal", tomorrow, April 7th on Headbangers' Ball on MTV2. For those wishing to watch it now, it is available for viewing at the Static-X website.

As announced, Static-X are touring with Otep, 2 Cents, and Full Blown Chaos on select dates. All confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Static-X and Otep Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the upcoming U.S. tour featuring STATIC-X, OTEP, and 2 CENTS:

March 30 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
March 31 - Las Vegas, NV @ Desert Breeze Skate Park
April 1 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
April 3 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 4 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
April 5 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
April 6 - Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
April 7 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe & Backroom
April 9 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
April 10 - Abilene, TX @ Cowboys
April 11 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
April 13 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
April 14 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre
April 15 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 17 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd’s Music Store
April 18 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
April 20 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 21 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
April 22 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
April 24 - Columbia, SC @ Headliners Mainstage
April 25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 27 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
April 28 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
April 29 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
May 1 - Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
May 2 - New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

May 4 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 5 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 6 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
May 9 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 10 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 11 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
May 12 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
May 17 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
May 18 - Springfield, MO @ Remington’s Niteclub
May 20 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
May 23 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Eagles Club

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2 Cents To Support Static-X and Otep On Tour

With their Gotizm/Atlantic debut, "LOST AT SEA," Los Angeles-based punk-metal quartet 2 CENTS are set to kick off a cross-country spring tour alongside Otep and Static X. Their album features the explosive opening track, "Wedding Dress," and the compelling "A Song For Darrell Abbott," the band's tribute to the late Pantera/Damageplan guitar great. 2 CENTS have played shows at high-security youth correctional facilities to clubs across the country.

Here are the latest Static-X, Otep and 2 Cents tour dates: More...

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Otep Not Dropped By Label?

According to front-woman Otep Shamaya the band has not received the official word from Capitol stating they are in fact dropped from their label. It was previously reported that less than two weeks before the scheduled release of their new album 'The Ascension', Otep were among the first acts dropped due to the merger between Capitol and Virgin Records. "The Ascension" is still delayed indefinitely for unspecified reasons.

Otep will hit the road with Static-X later this month.

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Headline News

Otep Dropped By Label In Capitol-Virgin Merger

Less than two weeks before the scheduled release of their new album 'The Ascension', Otep are among the first acts dropped due to the merger between Capitol and Virgin Records. Capitol signed the band in 2000 based solely on their performance during the 2000 edition of Ozzfest.

It was previously announced that "The Ascension" had been delayed and the disc would be released "as soon as corporately possible," which seems to mean when they get signed to a new label now.

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Otep's "The Ascension" Album Delayed

Otep's new album 'The Ascension' has been delayed. The disc which had been scheduled for a March 20th release will now be released "as soon as corporately possible". The band will be on tour with Static-X and 2cents later this month.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Korn Recruits Former Sevendust Guitarist

Launch Radio Networks reports: KORN has recruited guitarist Clint Lowery, formerly of SEVENDUST and more recently with DARK NEW DAY, as the band's touring guitarist for 2007. The group had previously enlisted ex-OTEP axeman Rob Patterson for most of its live dates last year, but guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer said it was time to make a change. "There were some things I was just unhappy with, and I wanted to try to get somebody in that I was comfortable sharing the stage with," he said. "I've always been a SEVENDUST fan, and I was thinking it would be great, if Clint Lowery wasn't doing anything, if he'd be interested in touring with KORN. I called him up, I ran it by him, and I'm real excited. There's been a lot of skepticism about this, but once people see this guy play and sing, all the worry will diminish."

Lowery is the second replacement for original KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, who left the band two years ago to devote his life to Christianity.

Lowery will make his debut with KORN tomorrow (Thursday, March 1) when the band makes its first appearance ever on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".

KORN's recently taped "Unplugged" performance will premiere on MTV this Friday (March 2), with a CD arriving on March 6. Guests include members of THE CURE as well as EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee. The show is now streaming online at MTV's web site.

KORN is currently recording its eighth studio album and plans to release it this summer. Veteran rock drummer Terry Bozzio is filling in for original KORN drummer David Silveria, who is taking a hiatus from the group.

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Otep Reveal Dates For Fan-Generated Tour

Ahead of their upcoming album, Otep have set out on what is said to be the first fan-generated tour. The Los Angeles-based quartet teamed with Eventful--a website that allows users to share event information--to take votes (or demands) for the Ascension Tour, which supports Otep's March 2007 release, "The_Ascension." The US cities with the most votes made it onto the tour itinerary, listed below.

Fans can also help determine the band's set list by voting for songs via cell phone during select shows, according to a press release.

"The_Ascension" is Otep's fourth release, and follows following 2004's "House of Secrets." A selection of songs from the new album is streaming at Otep's MySpace page.

"The strength of this album is sexier and more seductive, but is still just as powerful and emotional as our live shows," the group's Otep Shamaya said in a statement. The band's namesake provides the creative heart and powerful female vocals behind the aggressive metal outfit.

When Otep first formed, they impressed Sharon Osbourne enough to land a spot on the Ozzfest tour in 2001. Based on their live performance at the fest, Capitol records signed them without a demo. Last year, the hard-touring band headlined the Alliance of Defiance tour, sharing the bill with bloodsimple, Candiria and the Autumn Offering.

Here are the currently confirmed Otep tour dates: More...

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Otep Frontwoman Offers Update

OTEP frontman and namesake, Otep Shamaya, has released yet another thought provoking message to fans and the general public warning of things to come from the band:

"it has begun."

"the next phase of the disease is set to be unleashed. it has been conspired upon, calculated & composed according to the fluid laws of the deadliest of mental alchemy's. crafted with the blood and bones, mind & soul from the most ancient of creative heresies, the new album has grown like an embryo, fed and nourished, protected within its egg, waiting to crack its shell and be let loose upon the blinded hearts of humanity."

"it was my uncompromising intention this next opus would not be bound by the chains of convention but to build an album that was again uniquely the child of this collective, and to approach the creative process with as much volatile vulnerability, righteous rage, & instinctive separation from modern to ancient to future as humanly possible. i focused the approach to forging this album with the same ferocity all bands do with their 1st albums, with the same fearlessness, the same unending hunger to be an astronaut - to explore, to endure."

"i have never been more proud of anything in my life. ever."

"this will be the 1st communication in a series of transmissions & messages (coded & decoded) from the demented dimensions of my ceaseless mind. here, i will send you more cryptic communique' in hopes of teasing your sense of anticipation to its shivering limits. here, i will update you (the best i can) on any alterations, changes, or improvements to our website & myspace profile, or feed you a feast of guidance as to our next tour, live ritual, videos, album art, or promotional opportunities for those interested in getting their hands dirty."

"yes, change is coming.
an (e)volution is upon us.
it is to be embraced or, by its nature, will obliterate all those that stand in its way."

"thank you for your unending support & for allowing us to share our music & message with you."

"in art & arms,

otep shamaya"

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