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Otep's lead vocalist, Otep Shamaya, on the streets of Los Angeles
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Nu metal, alternative metal, extreme metal[1][2]
Years active 2000–present
Labels Capitol,[3] Victory,[3] Koch,[3] EMI[3]
Associated acts Cellophane, Hed PE, Tyrant Trooper[4]
Members Justin Kier
Past members Former members

Otep (also written as OTEP or OT3P) is an American metal band formed in the fall of 2000 in Los Angeles, California fronted by singer Otep Shamaya. They have released two EPs, six studio albums, and one live album. As of December 2013, they are no longer under their previous label Victory Records and currently are signed with Napalm Records.[5]


  • History 1
    • Early years, Jihad and Sevas Tra (2000–2003) 1.1
    • House of Secrets (2004–2006) 1.2
    • The Ascension (2007–2008) 1.3
    • Smash the Control Machine (2009–2010) 1.4
    • Atavist and Sounds Like Armageddon (2011–2012) 1.5
    • Hydra and Recent Activity (2013–present) 1.6
  • Style and influences 2
  • Awards 3
  • Band members 4
    • Current members 4.1
    • Former members 4.2
    • Touring musicians 4.3
  • Discography 5
    • Albums 5.1
      • Studio albums 5.1.1
      • Live albums 5.1.2
    • Extended plays 5.2
    • Singles 5.3
      • Promotional singles 5.3.1
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Early years, Jihad and Sevas Tra (2000–2003)

Otep began as a band in Los Angeles, California, in late 2000.[3] The name Otep is from Otep Shamaya's stage name and is an anagram for "Poet". They were invited to play Ozzfest before they had signed to a label after Sharon Osbourne witnessed their live performance. They have since played Ozzfest several times.[3] Otep signed with Capitol Records after a few shows and without a demo, purely on the power of their live performance.[3] They started gigging around Los Angeles a lot and released the Jihad EP in 2001.[3]

The band released their album Sevas Tra with Terry Date[6] on June 18, 2002,[7] and then played several gigs at the Ozzfest and was considered one of the prime bands there in 2002.[3] Their first time at Ozzfest was in 2001 with their eighth gig.[3] The first album peaked at 145 on the Billboard 200[8] and 86 on the UK Albums Chart.[9]

House of Secrets (2004–2006)

On July 27, 2004, Otep released their 2nd album House of Secrets[10] and it was produced by Greg Wells.[3] The album peaked at 93 on the Billboard 200[8] and 102 on the French Chart.[11]

The Ascension (2007–2008)

After 3 years of touring, on March 20 during 2007 they signed to Koch Records and they released their third album titled The Ascension[12] and supported it with constant touring with Static-X starting in the spring of 2007.[3] Despite the original release date, the album was delayed indefinitely due to the recent Capitol/Virgin Records merger.[13][14][15] It peaked at 81 on the Billboard 200[8][16][17] and 6 on the US Independent Charts.[17][18] The album also had about 10,200 album copies sold in its first week of release.[16]

Smash the Control Machine (2009–2010)

In 2009, Otep signed with Victory Records.[3] Their 2009 album, Smash the Control Machine released August 18 during 2009,[3][19] included a reunion with former members Mark "Moke" Bistany on drums and Rob Patterson on guitar. The album also featured Koichi Fukuda on piano, and Emilie Autumn on violin, and a cowrite with songwriter Holly Knight, which resulted in "You're a Woman Now". Holly Knight previously cowrote "Perfectly Flawed" with Otep on The Ascension.[20] It peaked at 47 on the Billboard 200[8] and 6 on the US Independent Charts.[18]

The band appeared with 2Cents, Five Finger Death Punch & Shadows Fall on the 'Shock & Raw Tour' of North America in the fall of 2009.[21]

On September 30, 2010, bassist Jay McGuire left the band.[22]

Atavist and Sounds Like Armageddon (2011–2012)

During April 26, 2011,[23] Otep released their 5th studio album, Atavist.[3] The album peaked at 61 on the Billboard 200,[8] 10 on the Independent Charts[18] and 19 on the US Rock Charts.[24]

On November 6, 2012, Otep released their first live album, Sounds Like Armageddon.[25][26]

Hydra and Recent Activity (2013–present)

In an interview, Otep Shamaya has stated that Hydra will be her band's final album.[27] The album was released on January 22, 2013[28] and peaked at 133 on Billboard 200.[29] However, the band is still touring and have tours in places such as the USA's east coast and Australia for their Sounds of Armageddon tour.[30][31] In early 2014, Otep confirmed on her personal Facebook account and her Band account that another album would be made. A release date has not yet been confirmed

In April 2014, Otep have signed a new management deal with Kam 9.8 Machlation Group—a company founded by Slipknot‘s acrobatic DJ Sid Wilson and his business partner Synonym Mead. The conract with Kam 9.8 never got a sequel and in early September 2015 Otep announced on her facebook-page that the band has signed a new management deal with Napalm Records. And that a new album will be released in spring 2016 (pre-order from winter 2015). There has yet to be announced the specific release date. "Signing with Napalm Records is one of the most exciting alliances I’ve ever made. I haven’t felt this excited to write a new album since ‘Sevas Tra.’ There’s a lot of work to do, a lot of music to write, a lot of things to say, a lot of injustices to confront and a lot of madness to summon and capture. To be able to forge this sacred alchemy with the dark brilliance of producer Howard Benson is a dream come true." [32]

Style and influences

The band's style is primarily nu metal.[4][10][22][23][26][28][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40] The band is also considered alternative metal as well.[25][30][31] Other than that, the band has also been labelled as goth metal,[6][35][41] rap metal,[42] industrial metal[12][35] and death metal.[30][43] Allmusic has described the band as "art house nu-metal".[44] The band's influences include Black Sabbath, Tool, Deftones, Korn, The Doors, Slipknot, Slayer, L7, Babes in Toyland, Hole and Nirvana.[33][45][46] While Otep's style is primarily nu metal, Otep's music incorporates elements of death metal.[42]


In 2004, the music video for their single "Warhead" was on the top ten of MTV Headbanger's Ball.[47]

In 2010, Otep was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Music Artist" for their album Smash the Control Machine during the 21st GLAAD Media Awards.[48]

Band members

Current members

  • Otep Shamaya – vocals (2000–present)
  • Ari Mihalopoulos - guitar (2011–present)
  • Corey Wolford - bass (2013–present)
  • Justin Kier - drums (2013–present)

Former members

  • Tarver Marsh – guitar (2000)
  • Dave "Spooky" Aguilera – guitars (2000-2001)
  • Mark "Moke" Bistany – drums (2000–2003, 2009)
  • Rob Patterson – guitars (2001–2004, 2009)
  • Jason "eViL J" McGuire – bass (2000–2010)
  • Karma Singh Cheema - guitar (2006-2007)
  • Brian "Haggis" Wolff - drums (2006-2008)

Touring musicians

  • Lane Maverick – guitar (2001)
  • Lee Rios – guitar (2004)
  • Scotty CH – guitar (2005)
  • Aaron Nordstrom – guitar (2007–2008)
  • Steven Barbola – guitar (2008–2010)
  • Scott Coogan – drums (2003)
  • David Lopez – drums (2004)
  • Doug Pellerin – drums (2004–2005)
  • Dave Gentry – drums (2008–2010)
  • Chasin Cox – drums (2010)
  • Joe Fox – drums (2011)
  • Chase Brickenden - drums (2012)
  • Erik Tisinger - bass (2011-2013)



Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Sevas Tra 145 86
House of Secrets
  • Released: July 27, 2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • Formats: CD, digital $hitload
93 102
The Ascension
  • Released: October 30, 2007
  • Label: Capitol, Koch
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
81 6 25
Smash the Control Machine
  • Released: August 18, 2009
  • Label: Victory
  • Formats: CD, digital download
47 6 13
  • Released: April 26, 2011
  • Label: Victory
  • Formats: CD, digital download
61 10 19
  • Released: January 22, 2013
  • Label: Victory
  • Formats: CD, digital download
133 22 39
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums

List of live albums
Title Album details
Sounds Like Armageddon[49]
  • Released: November 6, 2012
  • Label: Victory
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays

List of extended plays
Title EP details
  • Released: June 19, 2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Wurd Becomes Flesh
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Act. Rock

Main. Rock

"Blood Pigs"[53] 2002 Sevas Tra
"Warhead" 2004 House of Secrets
"Ghostflowers"[55] 2007 The Ascension
"Perfectly Flawed"[56] 2008
"Smash the Control Machine" 2009 27 28 Smash the Control Machine
"Rise, Rebel, Resist"[55] 2010
"Fists Fall"[57] 2011 Atavist
"Not to Touch the Earth"
"Apex Predator"[58] 2013 Hydra
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"March of the Martyrs" 2007 The Ascension
"Necessary Accessories"[59] 2008
"Special Pets"[60]


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  45. ^ "". After Ellen. January 31, 2005. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. 
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  51. ^ "Otep – Chart History: Active Rock".  
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  54. ^ Possession (track listing). Otep.  
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  56. ^ Perfectly Flawed (track listing). Otep.  
  57. ^ "Fists Fall – Otep".  
  58. ^ "Apex Predator – Single by Otep".  
  59. ^ "Necessary Accessories – Single by Otep".  
  60. ^ "Special Pets – Single by Otep".  

External links

  • Otep Official Site
  • Otep on Facebook
  • UnRated Magazine's Review of The Ascension
  • Phoenix New Times"Otep's Next Step," by Niki D'Andrea,
  • Hard Rock Albums Charts on Billboard
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