OTEP, the band led by singer, poet, illustrator, author and activist Otep Shamaya, will release its seventh studio album, “Generation Doom”, on April 15 via Napalm. The CD was produced by Howard Benson, who has previously worked with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD, PAPA ROACH, THREE DAYS GRACE, FLYLEAF, P.O.D. and HALESTORM.
Commented Shamaya: “Revolution is the opiate of the artist. In pain. We remain. But healed in the sweet addiction to art. We are.
“For this album, I unleashed my soul and allowed it to soar freely. I communed with the moon in the chrome of its light. I kissed the sun at its fiery height. I waged war with the Nightmare Kings, I sinned with the opalescent women in the roaring seas of poetry. On a cycloptic mare, hooves made of iron and air, I charged into the inky heart of art and roared at the old gods in the ashes of their ruin, ‘You can’t look away, WE ARE YOUR MISTAKE. WE… ARE… GENERATION DOOM!”
With Shamaya’s multifaceted vocal approach, from gut-wrenching roars to soft seductive poetry to singing with a surprisingly magically beautiful voice, to her evolution as a writer and story teller, “Generation Doom” erupts with thunderous, punishing grooves that harmoniously detonate into dark industrial fury with magma flows of hard rock melodies that seamlessly shape shift into a mysterious musical beast we’ve just discovered.
“Generation Doom” track listing:
02. Feeding Frenzy
03. Lords Of War
04. Royals (LORDE cover)
05. In Cold Blood
07. God Is A Gun
08. Equal Rights, Equal Lefts
09. No Color
11. Generation Doom
12. On The Shore
Speaking about the current lineup of OTEP, Shamaya said, “These are the most talented group of musicians I’ve ever worked with. We are a family. These are my brothers in arms. My guitarist Aristotle and I have a spiritual connection on an alchemical level that’s preternaturally conducive to creativity. Along with my amazing drummer Justin Kier and bassist Corey Wolford, we are a force of nature and resistance fighters. Music is our weapon. They believe in what we’re doing, what we stand for, and have the utmost affection and respect for our fans, the OTEP tribe.”
OTEP’s sixth full-length studio album, “Hydra”, sold around 2,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 155 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was issued in January 2013 via Victory Records.
OTEP was formed in Los Angeles in 2000 and immediately signed to Capitol Records, an achievement based solely on the strength of its live performance. They were selected to appear at Ozzfest after Sharon Osbourne witnessed one of these incendiary performances. Their debut at Ozzfest was only their ninth live show, a major achievement for any band. It would be the kick-off for a career spanning 15 years.