It has been made official - OTEP, along with THE VINES, SOUND MACHINE, THE MAGIC NUMBERS, and more, have officially been released from their respective contracts with Capitol Records following the label's merger with Virgin Records. Regarding OTEP, the label hasn't officially stated whether "The_Ascension" will be released on March 20, however many retailers have stopped listing the album for pre-orders. You can catch OTEP on tour with STATIC-X and 2 CENTS starting this month.
OVERKILL and PRONG will be touring the U.S. early next year. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Feb. 16 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock Feb. 17 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub Feb. 18 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Feb. 19 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre Feb. 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club Feb. 21 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade Feb. 22 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall Feb. 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under Feb. 24 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Feb. 25 - Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock Feb. 26 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
OVERKILL will release its new album, "Immortalis", on October 9 via Bodog Music. "Immortalis" track listing: 01. Devils in the Mist 02. What it Takes 03. Skull and Bones (feat. LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe) 04. Shadow of a Doubt 05. Hellish Pride 06. Walk through Fire 07. Head On 08. Charlie Get Your Gun 09. Hell Is 10. Overkill V
KOCH Records is pleased to announce a new revenue-sharing, multi-album, worldwide partnership with OTEP. The first release under this new agreement is the band's highly-anticipated new full-length album, The Ascension-- slated for release on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007. Additionally, KOCH Records has several releases planned for 2008 under OTEP's new, soon to be announced imprint. Led by riveting front-woman Otep Shamaya, Los Angeles-based OTEP has long been considered one of rock's most extraordinary live experiences. The Ascension is their third full-length album, and the band challenged itself to avoid clichés and classifications and find a new landscape of sound and vision. Three songs on The Ascension were co-written with Grammy-nominated guitarist Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne and HELLYEAH). "We said ‘genre limits and music fads be damned, let's write music that is important to us and that motivates us," explains Otep Shamaya, the band's namesake and driving force. "I wanted to write songs we believe in and let nothing stop us from building the album we want to make." Produced by Dave Fortman (Mudvayne, Evanescence), The Ascension is a "heavy duty masterpiece" as Harder Beat calls it. Metal Edge states, "The Ascension finds the band in top-form." And Blender offers, "Otep's third album mostly stays within the realm of four-horsemen drum attacks, wrist twisting riffage and dark-lit industrial eeriness." OTEP is currently offering fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to be thanked in the liner notes of The Ascension. The group is asking fans to go out with a flyer they have made available for download and to post it everywhere. OTEP are asking that fans record their efforts and submit videos through YouTube. The person who submits the best video of their promotional efforts will then be thanked in the liner notes of The Ascension, which hits stores October 30th. The contest is open until midnight Eastern Standard Time on September 15th. So hurry over to http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=2243285&blogID=309097091 and get all the details. Look for the band out on tour in support of The Ascension with band members Brian Wolf, Aaron and eVil J in the fall and into 2008. The band just completed a National tour with Static-X this past summer.
California's OTEP has scheduled the following tour dates: Mar. 30 - Farmington, NM - Gator's Mar. 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Outer Rim Apr. 01 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Ballroom Apr. 02 - Colorado Spings, CO - Black Sheep Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - The Rock Apr. 05 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Reverb Apr. 07 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room Apr. 08 - Michigan Center, MI - Motorhead's Bar + Grill Apr. 10 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Apr. 11 - Columbus, OH - Al Rose Villa Apr. 12 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's Apr. 13 - Toronto, ONT - The Opera House Apr. 18 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom Apr. 21 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx