Style: Death Metal |
Year of birth: 2000
Views: 6004. Updated: 24 July, 2005 by Project Moderators
Biography of Band
|DESTROYING POPULAR CULTURE ... ONE MIND AT A TIME.
OTEP is an art project/band/brainfusion/movement/process; breaking ground, breaking rules, breaking sound barriers.
Aggressive. Pummeling. Assault. Pure Adrenaline. Death Metal at its EmoCore of Heavy Mental Rock.
OTEP is poetry.
OTEP is a beast reborn amongst a newly formed gang of four: Otep, the vocalist, Scotty CH on guitar, Doug Pellerin bangs
the drums, and bassist eViL j are the newest heads of this ever growing Creative Hydra. Their second album, House of
Secrets, produced by Greg Wells in Los Angeles at Rocket Carousel Studios in late 2003, boasts a fertile evolution of
artistry and venomous power.
Otep is herself, a poet, an artist, a conduit. "I'm the conductor, things flow through me," Otep will tell you. When she
began to bring her vision to fruition, to take her art, her ideas, and her poetry and bring it to life, she gathered her
inner forces. She knew the stage on which she'd perform: the arena of metal. Metal, a world rife with competitive
testosterone. Think Slayer. Think Korn. Think Slipknot. Think...any band and you'll find nary a damsel. "Once I broke
through the gates, it became a lonely place not only because of my gender, but the overall environment." However, Otep
persevered. Forming in the fall of 2000, in the abyss of the West Coast, the band OTEP raged. Within eight months of
becoming one - and this is certainly not lore - Sharon Osbourne was wowed enough to offer OTEP a 3rd stage slot on Ozzfest
2001 before they had a record deal. The execs at Capitol were captivated as well signing the band without a demo, strictly
on the power of their live performance. The result was their debut album Sevas Tra; a triumph, a dream, a reality.
A lifetime of writing, and in a single instant, thrust upon a stage, to perform for the minions of metal. "I never
performed before in my life; I didn't know I could pull it off, I just knew I was compelled to try, " Otep confesses. "On
the new album," she continues, "I followed the muses, my instincts, and never doubted the path. Even when it led me to
sing. I have never considered myself a singer, I am more of an orator". Indeed, on their second release, House of Secrets,
Otep does more than simply sing; she howls, screams, informs, protects, destroys - distorted, distended, destructive, far
more so than on Sevas Tra.
Music is holy, art is sacred, and creativity is power.
When Otep approached the sophomore effort, House of Secrets, she decided to hire producer Greg Wells, who recently worked
with The Deftones. "For this record, I wanted to conspire with a really creative producer who not only could write music
but was willing to test the limits of it. Before writing "HOUSE", I met Greg and within five minutes I knew I wanted to
work with him; his genius at writing, composing, & passion for music excited me. He understood my philosophy of art & it's
been the best creative experience I've ever had. House of Secrets is a much more pure album."
Pure in its purest sense. On House of Secrets, Otep opened her creative breadth & unleashed a hellhound of inspiration.
The results are not for the aurally shy. House of Secrets is "more aggressive, inventive, it's angrier, it's louder than
Sevas Tra". Otep acknowledges, adding, "It's the same roots as the first record, but a much bigger tree. With Sevas Tra, I
had an entire lifetime to store up imagery, the ideals, and the symbols for what became our 1st album. House of Secrets is
much more explosive, more experimental. I wanted extremes on both ends; I wanted to unleash madness & genius. I wanted to
challenge myself right now, who I am at this moment, at this time. For art to be successful you have to make yourself
vulnerable. In this industry, lots of people are afraid to be thought of as weak, my only fear is not being creative."
Members of Otep
| Current Members:|
Otep Shamaya. Role: Vocals
eViL j. Role: Bass
Doug Pellerin. Role: Drums
Scotty Ch. Role: Guitars
Lee. Role: Guitars
Moke. Role: Drums
|EP: Jihad (2001) Tracklist.|
Comment: What is Jihad?
Jihad literally means "to struggle." In the military sense it is meant in the context, "to struggle against oppression."
Jihad is therefore an act to liberate people from the oppression of tyrants. Jihad is not illegal acts of terror against
When tabloid journalism and fanatic regimes mistakenly inform the masses that Jihad is "to commit illegal acts of
terror," they are revealing their ignorance, the lack of their research, and the extent of their unprofessional &
deceitful approach to the subject.
CD: Sevas Tra (2002) Tracklist.
DVD: Abominations (2004) Tracklist.
CD: House of Secrets (2004) Tracklist.
Comment: Includes 3-D cd case. Enhanced CD includes Rock The Vote voter registration, spoken word video, drawings & poetry.
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