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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
MANNTIS w/ OTEP, DEVILINSIDE, DAYS END: More...
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
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.
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
Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.
Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."
The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."
A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.
The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.
Otep is tour with Slipknot starting in April. Dates are as follows and can be reached at ticketmaster or either band's site. The first dates are as follows:
4/26 Resch Arena- Green Bay, WI
4/27 Prairie Capital Convention Center- Springfield, IL
4/29 Mid-American Center- Council Bluffs, IA
4/30 Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum- Madison, WI
More dates are coming in as Slipknot prepares to hit the road on March 4th to embark on The Subliminal Verses Tour. The arena outing will also feature metal heavy hitters Lamb of God and Shadows Fall as well as a variety of support acts.
Fuse has signed on a sponsor for the tour and you can expect some heavy coverage of the outing on the cable music channel. According to Roadrunner Records, Slipknot will appear on Fuse's Daily Download on March 1st and the channel plans to air a tour special in early April on Uranium. Fuse will document the first three stops of the tour for the special.
Latest tour dates (with Otep):
Apr. 26 Green Bay, WI - Resch Arena
Apr. 27 Springfield, IL - Priarie Capital Convention Center
Apr. 29 Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center
Apr. 30 Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
In other Slipknot news, the band has just confirmed an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on March 1st.
Otep bassist, eViL J had his fretless bass stolen at the bands gig in Idaho the other night, the following is taken from the official OTEP message board:
evil j's fretless bass was stolen at last night's show in Idaho.
this is the bass he plays 'my confession' on.
he is hoping that we can help him locate his instrument and see that it
gets returned to him soon.
PLEASE keep your eyes and ears open for anything being offered on ebay or any other similar site selling used musical instruments.
the bass is a 4 string Carvin fretless bass, 13 years old, brown Koa wood body, no fret markings on the fretboard. he'd modified several items on the bass, so it is unique and should be easy to recognize.
if you were at the show and saw anything suspicious or have any information about the whereabouts of evil j's bass, please contact me
message me thru the message board or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT and hopefully, the expeditious return of an important piece of evil j's arsenal. "
I stumbled upon this article via Google that mentions Otep headlining this year's Ozzfest (likely referring to headlining the second stage) as well as an interview with frontwoman Otep Shamaya. Here's a bit from the interview:
AE: Is this your first band ever?
O: This is my first band. I tooled around with musicians, but I was never formally trained. Equipment, timing, different time signatures, I didn’t know any of that stuff. I sat with musicians, learned a little bit by osmosis. It’s a completely different mental process from writing.
When I started the band I found a manager and I brought my books over, my journals and all my illustrations in this big pile. “This is what I want, I want to turn this into music”. And he looked at me and said “OK, let’s try it, let’s find some musicians.”
What we do is a little different, it’s not just your typical metal show. It’s not hair metal or glam or anything of that nature. It’s sort of a dissident cabaret, its theater and in the highest respect to someone like Antonin Artaud. It’s delivering the experience of the topic of the song versus just singing about it, we actually live every moment of the song onstage. Without fire or any sort of theatrics or anything. It’s all through the act of performance.
AE: How did Capitol [Records] find you guys?
O: We were doing local shows around LA and the buzz started and all of a sudden we start noticing suits in the corners watching us and on their phones and their little Blackberries. A friend of ours was our manager at the time and he started coming over and saying “Hey they want to showcase you.” It was a bunch of major labels which was really bizarre, because I never thought we’d get that.
(Be warned that the interview is on a lesbian/bisexual site focused on women in entertainment and the media. And yes, I really did find it via Google...not part of my everyday reading ;-)
Read the full article at Afterellen.com.
More dates for the Alliance of Defiance tour, featuring OTEP, AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE, CANDIRIA, THE AUTUMN OFFERING have been announced. The dates are as follows:
February 28 - Farmingdale NY @ Downtown
March 3 - Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
March 4 Tampa FL @ Boiler Room
March 5 - Daytona Beach FL @ Fuel
March 6 - Ft Lauderdale FL @ Culture Room
March 8 - New Orleans LA @ Twiropa
March 10 - San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
March 11 - Austin TX @ Backroom
March 12 - Odessa TX @ Dos Amigos
March 15 - Gallup NM @ El Morro Theatre
Recently, when Nick Carter, the former Backstreet Boy, was dating Paris Hilton, they were reportedly in an altercation with the singer from OTEP at an EMI party. Apparently, Nick got jealous when Paris and Otep Shamaya seemed to buddy up and a fight started.
Nick was said to be so drunk, that he was easily pushed to a couch by Otep who was heard saying, "break it down for me backstreet". Nick was led away by his members of management. Several Paparazzi took photos of the incident but, mysteriously, none have surfaced.
The first batch of dates for the upcoming Otep, Candiria, American Head Charge and The Autumn Offering tour have been announced and are as follows:
January 25th Reno, NV - The New Oasis
January 26th San Francisco, CA - The Pound
January 29th Seattle, WA - The Catwalk Club
January 30th Spokane, WA - The Big Easy
February 01st Boise, ID - The Big Easy
February 03rd Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
February 04th Omaha, NE - Ranch Bowl
February 05th Davenport, IA - Quad City Live
February 15th Detroit, MI - Harpo's
In addition, American Head Charge have re-launched their official website, you can check it out at www.headcharge.com
OTEP have confirmed via their personal online diary that they will be hitting the road in early 2005, possibly as part of a headlining stint, the posting reads below:
"yes, the rumors are true ... our mgmt called and they have confirmed preparations and negotiations for touring in early 2005 have begun and are underway. no details or specifics are availble as of yet, but the term "headlining" is most popular among the suits and creative types who are involved in the planning stages of this next assault on the flesh and minds of the angry american sub-nation."
I recently attended the Kittie, Otep and Crisis show in Philadelphia on October 10th, 2004. I was supposed to have a photo pass but due to circumstances out of my control that didn't happen, so I apologize to all for not having any pictures to share with you. Anyway, here's my report of the night: More...
InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen recently compiled a list of the top 10 female metal vocalists as part of the web site's "Opposing Elements" column. "Keeping with the theme of the column (Opposing Elements), we can't agree on everything," Tom writes. "So, while we each offered up three picks unopposed, we'll have to argue about the last four slots on the list."
Top 10 female metal singers, as selected by InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen:
01. Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
02. Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)
03. Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering)
04. Tanja Lainio (Lullacry)
05. Anita Auglend (Sins of Thy Beloved)
06. Candace Kucsulain (Walls of Jericho)
07. Otep Shamaya (Otep)
08. Morgan Lander (Kittie)
09. Jonna Enckell (The Project Hate)
10. Amy Lee (Evanescence)