Interview with Otep Shamaya of OTEP
We were pleased to be joined by one of the most recognizable and outspoken women in heavy metal history, Ms. Otep Shamaya of her band Otep.
Otep has had a long career with six studio records spanning nearly 15 years. They played Ozzfest in 2001 without a record deal, based purely on Sharon Osbourne’s high regard for them after one show. I was sold on Otep from the very first time I heard “Possession” that summer. At the time, they only had 4-5 professionally recorded songs, yet there they were on the biggest summer tour, playing in front of thousands of people!
I don’t care what anyone says… the 1999 – 2004 time of music was magical. You could turn on terrestrial radio and actually hear bands like Taproot, Sevendust, Static-X and Otep being played on regular rotation. Unfortunately, that time is over and so are the careers of the vast majority of those bands. Do you remember Union Underground? Reach 454? Puya? FLAW, Darwin’s Waiting Room and Sw1tched?
Well it’s 2013 and you’re lucky if you find any of those band’s records anywhere other than Amazon Used. However, Otep is one of the survivors and she has continued to put out records and tour and inspire and also get people talking about numerous issues important to her.
Politics, religion, animal rights, child abuse, warfare and government corruption are common themes in Otep’s lyrics. The live show is something to see as well and I encourage everyone to check them out on their current tour.
Otep has a new record out on Victory Records titled Hydra. As of now, it will be the final Otep release.
Check Otep’s facebook page for tour dates.
Otep is absolutely fearless and unafraid to share and defend her views. This isn’t your typical All Knowing Force spot and we’re thrilled to share it with you.
Hydra is available online and in stores where you can still find music.
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