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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 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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Otep Shamaya On New Album

Capitol recording group OTEP has entered a New Orleans studio to begin recording their highly anticipated third album. Assisting OTEP in the recording is producer Dave Fortman, known for his work with such bands as MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE and SUPERJOINT RITUAL. Along with longtime bassist eViL j, vocalist/songwriter Otep Shamaya is joined in the studio by ex-AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE guitarist Karma Cheema and drummer Brian Wolff (formerly of SYNAPSE). The sessions thus far have seen OTEP fusing the creatively destructive elements from the band's celebrated previous albums — 2002's "Sevas Tra" and 2004's "House of Secrets" — with a startling evolution of both sound and energy, resulting in the band's most blistering collection of songs to date.

"Recording this album has felt like being reborn," says Shamaya. "It's everything I felt from 'Sevas Tra' and everything I experienced during 'House of Secrets'. This album is the best thing we've ever done.”

OTEP kicked off the recordings last month by performing a special Day of Atonement benefit concert at New Orleans' House of Blues. Portions of the proceeds raised by the June 6 show — presented in association with the heavy metal community's philanthropic organization, Slave To The Metal Foundation — were donated to a pair of charitable organizations dedicated to helping rebuild Louisiana communities devastated by last year's Hurricane Katrina disaster. The gig included a rare on-stage visit from producer Fortman, who strapped on a guitar for an electric rendition of VAN HALEN's classic "Eruption".

"It was insane!" declares Otep of the adrenaline-fueled performance. "No one was ready for what we unleashed on them. The crowd was so passionate — the pit was out of control! People were being smashed against the stage, pit bosses were bleeding in the pits, girls were screaming with every ounce of their soul — it was beautiful!"

OTEP's contribution to Unite the United and the Volunteer Center of Southwest Louisiana was specifically earmarked to support bands and crew members currently on the road with the Vans Warped Tour, who recently took a day off to assist in clean-up and rebuilding efforts in Cameron Parish, one of the region's hardest hit areas. In addition, OTEP's donation was matched by both Capitol Records and Slave To The Metal Foundation.

"We couldn't be there in person," Shamaya says, "but working down here in New Orleans we felt it was the least we could do to send some assistance to our friends on the Vans Warped Tour."

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Patterson Back w/ Korn After Stint By FF Guitarist

MTV.com reports: It turns out KORN haven't decided to axe guitarist Rob Patterson after all. Patterson, who had previously played with OTEP, was recruited last year to fill in for Brian "Head" Welch as KORN's touring guitarist. But last week, during the European leg of the band's "See You on the Other Side" tour, fans noticed Patterson — who plays offstage during KORN shows — had been replaced by FEAR FACTORY guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers. According to the band's management, that lineup was only temporary. "KORN played three shows with their longtime friend Christian to start the tour in Europe, but Patterson is now back at that position."

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Korn Part w/ Touring Guitarist Rob Patterson

KORN have parted ways with touring guitarist Rob Patterson, according to Korn Unleashed. A replacement axeman has already been drafted in and is currently performing with the band on their European tour.

Rob, who was previously the guitarist for OTEP, joined KORN as the backup guitarist in July 2005, filling the slot left vacant by the departure of Brian "Head" Welch, who left the group earlier in the year.

When Rob first joined, the band chose to keep him "hidden" and have him play behind the amplifiers offstage. Since then, Rob has worked his way up in the ranks of the band with him most recently playing onstage in the North American leg of the "See You on the Other Side" world tour earlier this year.

Rob has yet to comment on his depature from KORN, but the header on his MySpace profile currently reads "Farewell, my brothers."

KORN's upcoming DVD, "Live On The Other Side", will receive a big screen premiere on June 19 at more than 100 theatres in 70 markets nationwide. Along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and music videos, the disc will feature excerpts from a private show the band played for contest winners and U.S. soldiers on a plane headed to New York from Europe.

The DVD will be in stores on June 20.

KORN will headline the Family Values tour this summer, which begins on July 27 in Virginia Beach. The main stage lineup also features DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF and DIR EN GREY.

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Allele Post Tracklisting

Allele have announced the finalized tracklising for their new album, "Point of Origin" which is due in stores October 25th. "Point of Origin" was produced by Ben Schigal(Chimaira, Switched). Allele features Kelly Hayes, ex-Cold, and Lane Maverick, ex-Otep. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Fake
2. A Different Someone
3. Closer To Habit
4. Stitches
5. Lost In Your Words
6. Tightrope
7. Immune
8. Lies
9. Misunderstood
10. Unknown

Allele has also announced that Don Tyler will direct the video for the album's first single, "Closer to Habit". The single can be heard at the following site, http://www.corporatepunishment.com/player

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Otep Featured In Hardcore Ink

OTEP have been featured Hardcore Ink Magazine, with their tattoos up for show in full page spreads. You can check out screenshots of the ink and magazine here. In other OTEP news, frontwoman and namesake, Otep, has had her 'infections'/drawings come to life and flash animated - they can be found here.

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KoRn's Photos Of Backstage Guitarist Rob Patterson

IAmMetal.nl reporter SickO has managed to take several exclusive photos of KORN's session/backstage guitarist Rob Patterson (ex-OTEP) performing with the group at Holland's Lowlands festival on August 21. Check them out:


In a recent online posting KORN frontman Jonathan Davis had the following to say about the decision to recruit Patterson as a touring guitarist following the departure of Brian "Head" Welch:

"We hired Rob Patterson to play guitar for the European dates but he will not be on stage. We don't want to use samples or tape, 'cause that would suck. We are not ready to have a new guy on stage with us. This is for the first Europe run only. We have some new exciting ideas on how we are gonna play live in the future and I am sure it will blow your mind."

KORN's as-yet-untitled new album is scheduled for release on November 22 via Virgin. The album's first single, "Twisted Transistor", is scheduled to go for radio adds on October 3.

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First Hellraisers' Ball Details

The first annual Hellraisers' Ball will take place October 1st at the Town Square Plaza Park/England Bros. Pavillion in Pinellas Park, Florida. TIckets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the show and are on sale today. The bands listed to play thus far are as follows:

Dark New Day
God Forbid
The Haunted
End of the Rope
Trigger Point

The show is all-ages.

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OTEP Frontwoman To Appear On Def Poetry Jam

OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya will appear on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam" this Friday, August 5. To view the teaser trailer for this episode, click here.

Best described as a performance poetry event, "Def Poetry Jam" features poets who blend hip-hop — poetry's musical cousin — with the written and spoken word.

OTEP's sophomore album, "House of Secrets" (2004), was produced by Greg Wells, who has previously worked with a diverse range of artists, including the DEFTONES, MICHELLE BRANCH, and ELTON JOHN. The follow-up to 2002's "Sevas Tra" was recorded at Los Angeles' Rocket Carousel Studios and features guest drumming on six tracks by SLIPKNOT basher Joey Jordison.

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KoRn To Only Use Patterson For European Run

As exclusively reported here first, KORN's replacement axeman for their upcoming Fall tour will be ex-OTEP guitarist Rob Patterson. However, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis revealed that Patterson will not be taking to the stage while the band performs. A statement from his personal site reads as follows:

"We hired Rob Patterson to play guitar for the European dates but he will not be on stage. We don't want to use samples or tape, 'cause that would suck. We are not ready to have a new guy on stage with us. This is for the first Europe run only. We have some new exciting ideas on how we are gonna play live in the future and I am sure it will blow your mind."

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Korn Lands Ex-Otep Guitarist Rob Patterson

Former OTEP guitarist Rob Patterson, who was fired from the group in December 2003, will be acting as fill-in axeman for KORN when they hit the road later this year. Patterson, who has also acted as touring guitarist for VANILLA ICE in years past, will be filling in for the recently departed Brian "Head" Welch, who officially left KORN earlier this year to pursue the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

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Otep's Kentucky Show Shut Down By Fire Marshall

OTEP's June 26 performance at the Bulldog Cafe in Louisville, KY was reportedly shut down by the fire marshall and police due to overcrowding. The following is OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya's posting on the band's official web site regarding the incident:

"Even though this show only lasted 12 minutes and 47 seconds, it was obvious to me that it was populated with one of the most intense and passionate audiences we've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. If only we would have been able to play the entire set... Wow ... We would have shaken the foundations of the cosmos... But the fire marshall was a complete communist and shut everything down. But I was true to my word and wouldn't leave the stage until the cops were called... I kept singing until they forced us off the stage... The fire marshall shut off the PA during 'My Confession' but the audience kept singing... every... word.

"It was amazing.

"Then the biggest cop I've ever seen pulled Evil J's hand off his bass strings and crowded me saying, 'It's over, it's over.' So I saluted him... saluted the crowd and then I was manuevered off stage and to the bus...

"We will probably be fined and the cops are still outside the bus so who knows what will happen... But I know one thing for certain: WE WILL RETURN, AND TOGETHER ANNIHILATE THE NEOPHYTES."

OTEP's sophomore album, "House of Secrets" (2004), was produced by Greg Wells, who has previously worked with a diverse range of artists, including the DEFTONES, MICHELLE BRANCH, and ELTON JOHN. The follow-up to 2002's "Sevas Tra" was recorded at Los Angeles' Rocket Carousel Studios and features guest drumming on six tracks by SLIPKNOT basher Joey Jordison.

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Wicked Wisdom Join Otep

The band Wicked Wisdom will join Otep for their last two tour datesof their "Mouth of Madness" tour. One is in Tempe, Arizona on the 29th, and the other will be the 30th in Los Angeles, California. Otep's remaining tour dates are as follows:

6/24/05 Battlecreek, MI @ Planet Rock
6/25/05 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
6/26/05 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Café
6/27/05 Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Live
6/28/05 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/29/05 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
6/30/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club

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Otep Begin Working On New Material

OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"I am very pleased to announce that we have turned the cog and are in early developmental stages of writing our next album ... We will be recording our next opus sometime this fall. I am proud and honored to have this opportunity and extend my thanks and appreciation to our label [Capitol Records] for their continued belief in me and the music we create.

"As for summer touring, Gigantour is still a possibility ... But regardless, we will be ravaging the savage summer — somehow, some way ... and with new material to massacre the masses with."

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Otep Shamaya To Appear On Def Poetry Jam

Otep Shamaya, vocalist for the band OTEP, will appear on Season 5 of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. The new season begins June 10th and will also feature Alicia Keys, Dave Chappelle and favorite poets from past shows.

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Manntis To Support Otep On US Tour

Southern California quintet MANNTIS will embark on a nationwide U.S. tour along OTEP and DEVILINSIDE this June in support of "Sleep In Your Grave", their debut album. The group's new offering, produced by Cameron Webb (DANZIG, MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION), is set for a June 28 release via Century Media Records. Click here to download the song "Axe of Redemption" and look for a video for the track to make its Fuse and MTV2 debut this summer.

MANNTIS initially gained worldwide exposure via the hit MTV show "Battle for Ozzfest" and the recent "Battle for Ozzfest" U.S. tour. Their influences come from a diverse number of bands, ranging from MESHUGGAH and PANTERA to KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ZAO, to name just a few, and their dynamic sound reflects the combination of these influences.


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Suicide City To Join Mouth of Madness Tour

SUICIDE CITY (formerly RODEK), the new band featuring BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and former KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo, will be joining the "Mouth of Madness" tour with OTEP, DEVILDRIVER, GIZMACHI and DAYSEND for several dates in early June. SUICIDE CITY will be featured as a special guest on the following shows:

Jun. 08 – Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Jun. 10 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY
Jun. 11 - 2686/Club Ritual - Levitttown, NY
Jun. 12 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
Jun. 14 – Chameleon - Lancaster, PA
Jun. 15 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Jun. 18 – Jaxx - Springfield, VA

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Daysend To Tour U.S. For The First Time

Sydney, Australia, metal band Daysend will launch their first U.S. tour May 12 in Pomona, California, and wind down June 25 in Detroit. All dates also feature Otep, Gizmachi and Devilinside.

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Mustaine "Narrows Down List" Of Gigantour Bands

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:

OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.

I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.

My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.

After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.

This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.

We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.

Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.

Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

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