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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 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

with FULL BLOWN CHAOS:
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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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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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:

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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:

Motorhead
Dark New Day
Meshuggah
Devildriver
God Forbid
Otep
The Haunted
Mnemic
Cemetery
End of the Rope
Trigger Point
Reflux

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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