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After appearing on Def Jam Poetry, Otep has been working on their new album in response to the current political situation in the U.S. After their first EP name Jihad, it shouldn't really be a suprise.
Their music is a mix between spoken word poetry, nu-metal, traditional metal, and rapping (no dj's or hip hop beats.. sorry ) Blood Pigs off their last album captured many metal heads, and songs like TRIC captured the attention of Tori Amos fans pumped up on testosterone and proved that rapping can be done with metal, without sounding like cheesy pop ala Linkin Park.
Pulling inspiration from Pagan mysticism from various cultures around the world, and drawing references from the world's most famous poets and philosophers, while still remaining relatively simple in order to not soar above the heads of the masses.
Where as people once compared them to Korn and Slipknot, their new political turn might help them break out of that stereotype. So yeah, click links.. have fun.
Album due out July 27th ===============================================================
The Secret Is Out: Otep Return With "House Of Secrets"
Posted by: Solo Fonz - 15 Apr 2004
Capitol Records has set the upcoming release of "HOUSE OF SECRETS," the eagerly awaited second album from acclaimed dark metallists OTEP.
The album - which follows 2002's triumphant debut, "SEVAS TRA" - is due to arrive in stores coast to coast on July 27th.
"HOUSE OF SECRETS" was produced by Greg Wells, known for his work with a diverse range of artists, including the Deftones, Michelle Branch, and Elton John. The album - recorded late last year at Los Angeles'Rocket Carousel Studios - features a stunning evolution in the OTEP sound, a passionate, dangerous musical vision fuelled by the remarkable creative artistry of singer/poet Otep Shamaya. Tracks such as "Hooks and Splinters" and "Warhead" are both provocative and unsettling, marked by Shamaya's howling vocals and uncompromising lyrical genius. The album features guest drumming on six tracks by Slipknot/Murderdolls basher Joey Jordison.
Extreme, experimental and altogether explosive, "HOUSE OF SECRETS" takes modern metal to a challenging, astonishing new plane. OTEP will presage the album's release by returning to the annual Ozzfest tour. The Los Angeles-based band - whose intense performances were considered highlights of the 2001 and 2002 treks - will be featured on the Second Stage roster, with dates kicking off July 10th at ctnow.com Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut (see attached itinerary).
"SEVAS TRA," as well as 2001's debut ep, "JIHAD," immediately established OTEP as a force to be reckoned with. "SEVAS TRA" - which debuted in the #2 position on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart of new and developing artists upon its summer 2002 release - received widespread critical acclaim, with Revolver praising the album as "not only powerful and emotional but intensely personal as well." Alternative Press declared that the album's "greatness lies in its creation of a modern musical storm that would make even Slipknot blush." Gene Simmons' Tongue continued that theme, hailing "SEVAS TRA" as "Slipknot with estrogen."
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