Otep Shamaya

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Otep Shamaya
Otep Shamaya on the Streets of Los Angeles.jpg
Otep on the streets of Los Angeles
Background information
Born (1979-11-07) November 7, 1979 (age 36)
Genres Alternative metal, nu metal, extreme metal, rap metal
Occupation(s) singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000—present
Labels Capitol (2001–2007)
KOCH (2007-2009)
Victory (2009-2013)
Napalm Records (2015-present)
Associated acts Otep, Imaginary Friend
Website Otep's blog

Otep Shamaya is the lead vocalist of the nu metal band Otep.

Early life[edit]

When interviewed by Becca Parry from Metalunderground.com on growing up in Los Angeles - Becca: Growing up in LA, what was that like for you? Otep: I was subjected to a lot of violence and poverty that I don't really care to focus on too much because I'm trying to get past that through art and music. Just becoming what it is that environment tends to create. It breeds violence and monsters and I would prefer not to fall into that trap and hopefully continue to grow as an artist and set a new standard for people who refuse to accept circumstances they're forced into. None of us can control who our parents are, what our genetics are, what part of the country we are raised in or what our DNA is. How tall we are, color, sex, gender, orientation; it's something we are born into but we can create our own lives and our own identities according to our own standards and that's what I hope to do promote through my own self evolution and proceeds of self. [1]


Otep made her debut in 2000 with her band OTEP, and released the full-length albums Sevas Tra (June 2002), House of Secrets (July 2004), The Ascension (October 2007), Smash the Control Machine (August 2009), Atavist (April 2011), Hydra (January 2013), and earlier this year, (April 15, 2016) OTEP unleashed her latest album, "GENERATION DOOM" via Napalm Records. The critically acclaimed album debuted on Billboard at #10 on the Independent Chart, #7 on the Rock Chart, #4 on the Hard Rock Chart and #109 on the Top 200 Albums Chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. [2]

Otep is featured in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies as a voice over actor for creatures.[3] Otep has been featured on HBO's television series Def Poetry. In April 2015, Otep released her first edition of short stories titled "Movies in My Head". The first printed collection of poetry and illustrations by Otep was made available to the public in November 2006 exclusively on Lulu.com. In August 2007, the e-book Little Sins, her first electronic collection of printed poems and illustrations was placed in book form. In 2010, Otep was a GLAAD Nominee for Outstanding Music Artist, alongside Lady Gaga (who won) and Adam Lambert.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Otep is openly lesbian[5] and a vegan.[6] She is known to be an advocate of animal rights. Otep also spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US[8] US Ind.[8] FRA[9] UK[10]
2002 Sevas Tra
  • Released: June 18, 2002
  • Label: Capitol/EMI (C2-33346)
  • Format: CD, DI
145 86
2004 House of Secrets
  • Released: July 27, 2004
  • Label: Capitol/EMI (C2-91043)
  • Format: CD, DI
93 102
2007 The Ascension
  • Released: October 30, 2007
  • Label: Capitol/EMI (C2-11653)
  • Format: CD, LP, DI
81 6
2009 Smash the Control Machine
  • Released: August 18, 2009
  • Label: Victory (529)
  • Format: CD, DI
47 6
2011 Atavist
  • Released: April 26, 2011
  • Label: Victory
  • Format: CD, DI
61 10
2013 Hydra
  • Released: January 22, 2013
  • Label: Victory
  • Format: CD, DI
2016 Generation Doom
  • Released: April 15, 2016
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Format: CD, DI, LP
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details
2001 Jihad
  • Released: June 19, 2001
  • Label: Capitol/EMI (C2-33725)
  • Format: CD
2005 Wurd Becomes Flesh
  • Released: 2005
  • Format: CD


Year Title US
2002 "Blood Pigs" Sevas Tra
2004 "Warhead" House of Secrets
2007 "Ghostflowers" The Ascension
"March of the Martyrs"
2008 "Confrontation"
2009 "Smash the Control Machine" 28 Smash the Control Machine
2010 "Rise, Rebel, Resist"
2011 "Fists Fall" Atavist
"Not to Touch the Earth"
2013 "Apex Predator" Hydra
2016 "Zero" Generation Doom
"In Cold Blood"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  • Otep - Abominations (2004)
  • Otep - Live Confrontation (2009)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
2001 "T.R.I.C."
2002 "Blood Pigs"
2004 "Warhead"
"Buried Alive"
2007 "Ghostflowers"
2008 "Confrontation"
"Crooked Spoons"
2009 "Smash the Control Machine"
2010 "Rise, Rebel, Resist"
"Run for Cover"
2011 "Fists Fall"
"Baby's Breath"
2013 "Apex Predator"
2016 "In Cold Blood"


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