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Say what you will about Otep, but they are proven to be a survivor. Now marking a career that started on the power of their live performances alone, the band led by their intense and enigmatic lead vocalist Otep Shamaya, has been on a relentless touring run since the beginning of the year in support of their new effort “Generation Doom”.
We caught the band live at Revolution, as they crushed the venue with their smash face intensity and sheer power. Also check out the photo real from the great slew of support bands the likes of Born of Scars, Despyre, Doll Skin and Fire From the Gods.
Transcending from the darkness, like wolves into the light, OTEP is an explosion of inspiration and motivation, empowered by their dedication to the arts, being a voice for the voiceless and fighting injustice. Rising from the labyrinth of Los Angeles, California, OTEP is unleashing a roaring anthem titled Generation Doom.
With OTEP Shamaya’s multifaceted vocal approach, from gut wrenching roars to soft seductive poetry to singing with a surprisingly magically beautiful voice, to her evolution as a writer and story teller, Generation Doom erupts with thunderous, punishing grooves that harmoniously detonate into dark industrial fury with magma flows of hard rock melodies that seamlessly shape shift into a mysterious musical beast we’ve just discovered, those who’ve heard Generation Doom say it’s best described as “genius, heart stopping and one of a kind.” Where will OTEP`s courageous odyssey take them? Nothing seems impossible.
Generation Doom Track Listing:
2. Feeding Frenzy
3. Lords Of War
4. Royals (Lorde Cover)
5. In Cold Blood
7. God Is A Gun
8. Equal Rights, Equal Lefts
9. No Color
11. Generation Doom
12. On The Shore
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Originally discovered by Jack and Sharon Osbourne in Los Angeles, she was offered to play Ozzfest as an unsigned band and was the first female fronted band to play the touring festival. She signed with legendary label Capitol Records, without a demo, after only 5 live shows, and strictly on the power of her live performance, OTEP has gone on to record 6 studio albums, an EP, and a live album.
Nominated by GLAAD for Outstanding Artist Award alongside Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, she won MTV’s prestigious BEST VIDEO for Music With A Message Award. Singer, writer, activist, she spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 on behalf of ROCK THE VOTE. A celebrated spoken word artist, she appeared on HBO’s DEF POETRY twice, recorded an unreleased poetry album and authored three books of poetry. She’s also authored a book of short stories titled MOVIES IN MY HEAD and produced and directed an audiobook of one of the stories titled PINEBOX JAKE. Utilizing her incredibly dynamic vocal range she’s also a successful Voice Over Artist appearing in many projects such as the award winning video game THE LAST OF US and in feature films including THE HOBBIT: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Her live performance alongside her very talented musicians has been described as a “complete mutiny of the senses”. Combining spoken word with a cathartic range of emotional screams and soft melodies over an equally bedlamite alchemy of masterful music. When asked about her current line up she’s said:
“These are the most talented group of musicians I’ve ever worked with. We are a family. These are my brothers in arms. My guitarist Aristotle and I have a spiritual connection on an alchemical level that’s preternaturally conducive to creativity. Along with my amazing drummer Justin Kier, we are a force of nature and resistance fighters. Music is our weapon. They believe in what we’re doing, what we stand for, and have the utmost affection and respect for our fans, The OTEP TRIBE.”
Armed with the lethality of master artists, they continue to inspire and crush live shows around the world.
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Howard Benson is an American music producer and multi-instrumentalist who has twice been Grammy nominated for Producer of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Benson has produced such artists as Motörhead, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Flyleaf, My Chemical Romance, Santana, P.O.D., Chris Cornell, Theory of a Deadman, The All-American Rejects, Adam Lambert, Halestorm, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Gavin DeGraw, Rascal Flatts, Bon Jovi, Orianthi, Skillet, Hoobastank, Creed, and Blindside.