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Otep performing at The Marquis Theater in Denver, CO.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Heavy Metal
Years active 2000–present
Labels Capitol (2001–2007)

Koch Ent. (2007–2008)
Victory Records (2009-present)

Otep Shamaya
"Evil" J. McGuire
Rob Patterson
Mark "Moke" Bistany

Otep (also written as OTEP or OT3P) is an American heavy metal band formed in 2000 in Los Angeles, California by Otep Shamaya.



Otep is a four-person Metal band that began in Los Angeles, California in early 2000. They were invited to play Ozzfest before they had even signed to a label after Sharon Osbourne witnessed a brief part of their live performance. They have since played Ozzfest several times. They have labeled themselves a fusion band; this is most likely due to the fact that they use a mixture of poetry, spoken word, and nu-metal aspects.

Today the band has released four full length albums, and one EP. They have toured to support the release of all their full length releases; they are currently on the Rise, Rebel, Resist tour as of February 2010.

On April 6, 2009, it was announced that Otep is now signed to Victory Records. On April 7, 2009 Shamaya announced that the new album will also mark the band reuniting with former members Mark "Moke" Bistany on drums and Rob Patterson on guitar. Otep stated a song titled "Rise, Rebel, Resist" from the new album Smash the Control Machine released on August 18th, 2009. However, "Smash the Control Machine" would be the first song heard off the new album, receiving air play in June 2009. The album featured Koichi Fukuda on piano, and Emilie Autumn on violin. The band appeared with 2Cents, Five Finger Death Punch & Shadows Fall on the 'Shock & Raw Tour' of North America in the fall of 2009. An article in the spring 2009 issue of Broken Records Magazine states that Otep delves beyond music to focus on important issues.

In November 2009, It was announced that their single "Smash the Control Machine" would be used for TNA Wrestling's Final Resolution 2009 PPV on December 20th

Current Members

Former members


  • Steven Barbola - Guitars (2008 - 2009)
  • Jim Prong - Guitars (2008)
  • Aaron Nordstrom - Guitars (2007 - 2008)
  • Karma Singh Cheema - Guitars (2006 - 2007)
  • Scotty CH - Guitars (2005)


Session musicians



Year Album details Peak chart positions


US Ind.






2002 Sevas Tra
  • Released: June 18, 2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD
145 86
2004 House of Secrets
  • Released: July 27, 2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD
93 102
2007 The Ascension
  • Released: October 30, 2007
  • Label: Koch
  • Format: CD, DI
81 6
2009 Smash the Control Machine
  • Released: August 18, 2009
  • Label: Victory
  • Format: CD, DI
47 6
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended plays

Year Album details
2001 Jihad
  • Released: June 19, 2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • 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
2009 "Smash the Control Machine" 28 Smash the Control Machine
2010 "Rise, Rebel, Resist"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Music videos

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"


In 2010, Otep was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Music Artist" for their album Smash the Control Machine during the 21st GLAAD Media Awards.[4]


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