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
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.
THE BAND HEADS TO NEW ORLEANS TO BEGIN RECORDING THEIR NEW ALBUM. THE SOUL OF THE BAND IS IN LABOR AND SOMETHING FANTASTICALLY TERRIFYING AND BEAUTIFUL IS ABOUT TO BE BORN!! LOOK FOR UPDATES FROM THE STUDIO, COOL CLIPS OF THE BAND IN NEW ORLEANS, & MAYBE EVEN A SECRET SHOW ON 6.6.6!!!
Otep Shamaya Hand-Painted Guitar From Six-String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute. Up For Auction On eBay Place Your Bids!!! All Proceeds Go To Charity!!! On May 17, bidding will open for a one-of-a-kind, fully playable and displayable Dean guitar, hand-painted by Otep Shamaya, lead singer and namesake of Los Angeles Otep. All proceeds will go to LITTLE KIDS ROCK, a foundation that helps bring music to kids who wouldnt normally have the opportunity. The guitar was originally part of the Six-String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute. Darrell, guitarist for Damageplan and formerly of Pantera, was gunned down during a show in December of 2004. The traveling art show featured over 60 of Dimebags signature Dean ML guitars customized by the biggest names in music and art, Mark Ryden, Paul Booth, Jack Rudy, KISS Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, Metallicas James Hetfield, Ozzy Osbourne, Willie Adler of Lamb Of God and Slash. Oteps reaction to Dimebags murder is captured on the entire Dean guitar, from input to headstock. From eBay.com: This guitar is layered with symbology, numerology, cut-up collage, illustration and acrylic paint. The backside also features a painful yet childlike illustration in silver paint pen. The entire body of the guitar is covered in art and it screams all the way up the fret-board "Why, why, why!?" in response to the violence that took Dime's life. Over the course of her career, Otep has risen as a powerful female voice in the male-dominated metal genre, bringing thoughtful and thought-provoking metal to the masses. In addition to accumulating a huge musical following, she has also appeared on HBOs Def Poetry, and was nominated for CNN.coms People You Should Know. Bidding will begin at 6 PM PST on May 17, at a live Benefit Concert and Auction at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA. For more information and pictures of the guitar, check it out on eBay at this location. Otep is currently on tour with Static-X in support of their upcoming CD, The_Ascension. 5/11 Detroit, MI Harpos 5/12 Fort Wayne, IN Pieres 5/17 Sauget, IL Pops 5/18 Springfield, MO Remingtons Niteclub 5/20 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club 5/23 Chicago, IL House of Blues 5/24 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Eagles Club 5/25 Minneapolis, MN First Ave 5/26 Fargo, ND Playmakers 5/27 Sioux Falls, SD Ramkota 5/29 Englewood, CO Gothic 5/31 Black Foot, ID El Rey Events Center 6/02 Spokane, WA Big Easy 6/03 Seattle, WA Showbox 6/05 Portland, OR Roseland 6/06 Chico, CA Senator 6/07 Modesto, CA Fat Cat 6/08 Fresno, CA Rainbow Ballroom 6/11 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues 6/12 Anaheim, CA House of Blues