INTERVIEW: Otep Shamaya of OTEP Discusses “The God Slayer” Album and The Legacy of Nu Metal


Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Otep Shamaya of OTEP to discuss the new album – “The God Slayer” – out now via Cleopatra Records! OTEP discusses the journey to the new release, overcoming tragedy in the last few years, choosing which artists to cover, the one cover song that didn’t make the album, looking back at Nu Metal and its current popularity, her return to touring, the new vinyl version of “Hydra” and more! Continue reading


OTEP Shares a New Single and Video – “Ostracized” ft. Guitarist Kiki Wong (Vigil of War)


 

Alt metal renegade and force to be reckoned with, OTEP, breaks her silence with a brand new single, “Ostracized,” which arrives on the heels of her brilliant cover of Billie Eilish’s “You Should See Me In A Crown.” “Ostracized” is the first original single from the upcoming album, The God Slayer. Lead singer and creative mastermind, Otep Shamaya, harnesses the power of her raw, unapologetic emotion and passion-filled poetry, which act as the driving forces behind “Ostracized.” This dynamic musical masterpiece was forged in the fire of unadulterated rage, with an edge sharpened by an ear-shattering blend of high screams, death growls, and guttural vocals, galvanized by gritty guitar, pounding drums, and a face-melting solo, courtesy of Vigil of War guitarist, Kiki Wong.

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OTEP’s Acclaimed Concept Album Hydra Debuts on Vinyl For 10th Anniversary


 

Craft Recordings celebrates the 10th anniversary of Otep’s acclaimed concept album, Hydra, with its first-ever vinyl release. Featuring such haunting favorites as “Apex Predator,” “Blowtorch Nightlight” and “Seduce & Destroy,” the cinematic metal album is based on a novella by the band’s founder and frontwoman, Otep Shamaya, and centers on the story of a vigilante assassin named Hydra. Arriving October 6 and available for pre-order today, Hydra is presented as a 2-LP gatefold set and features a unique etching on Side D, based on the character of Hydra and emblazoned with Otep’s signature tenet, “Art Saves.” The design, which will also be available on a limited Apple Red edition (exclusively via CraftRecordings.com), was overseen by Shamaya herself. OTEP just completed a headline tour, her first tour since the pandemic, which celebrated the anniversaries of Hydra and Sevas Tra Read our review of the tour here. Pre-order the album at the link below.Continue reading


CONCERT REVIEW: OTEP – Inimical Drive – Cemetery Legacy Live at Old Iron Sides


 

It had been far too long since I have seen OTEP, when I arrived in Sacramento, at the start of a road trip. Other than a few one-offs to celebrate some album anniversaries, the band had not been on tour since 2019 and I have not had the good fortune to see them even then. Excitement was high as I arrived at the venue for the “Sermons of Fire Tour” and mingled with many fans who lined up early, and made some new friends. I saw many with OTEP tattoos and heard personal stories, exchanging some favorite show anecdotes or talking about personal experiences with meeting Otep Shamaya herself. Sac always has great metal fans of all stripes. Amazing stuff. Everyone was buzzing about the show and the new album, coming later in 2023.

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OTEP Books a Headline Tour of North America Honoring the Anniversaries of “Sevas Tra” and “Hydra”


OTEP, led by vocalist, poet, actor, author, and activist Otep Shamaya, will embark on its first headline tour in nearly three years this spring. The Sermons of Fire tour will celebrate their debut album Sevas Tra (Capitol Records) which turned 20 years old in 2022, as well as Hydra (Victory Records), turning 10 this year. Otep has recently completed a new album, expect to release this year as well. All dates announced so far are on sale at the links below.

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Corey Taylor (Slipknot and Stone Sour) Shares New Single and Lyric Video for “HWY 666”


Corey Taylor, frontman of both Slipknot and Stone Sour has shared yet another new single from his highly anticipated solo album, CMFT, due out one month from today, October 2nd via Roadrunner Records, and released two singles already. He dropped his first two singles “CMFT Must Be Stopped” (featuring rappers Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie) and “Black Eyes Blue”. “Black Eyes Blue” has actually charted as a legit hit song. Now he has shared the fittingly titled “HWY 666” with an accompanying lyric video. Check it out!Continue reading


Corey Taylor (Slipknot and Stone Sour) Shares First Live Performance Video for “Black Eyes Blue” Acoustic


Corey Taylor, frontman of both Slipknot and Stone Sour has his highly anticipated solo album, CMFT, due out October 2nd via Roadrunner Records, and released two singles already. He dropped his first two singles “CMFT Must Be Stopped” (featuring rappers Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie) and “Black Eyes Blue”. Now in an appearance for Japanese television, you can watch Corey perform “Black Eyes Blue” – Acoustic for the first time.

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Corey Taylor (Slipknot and Stone Sour) Shares Video for “Black Eyes Blue”


Corey Taylor, frontman of both Slipknot and Stone Sour has already announced his highly anticipated solo album CMFT is due out October 2nd via Roadrunner Records, and released two singles. He dropped his first two singles “CMFT Must Be Stopped” (featuring rappers Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie) and “Black Eyes Blue”. Now you can see the video for The album is available “Black Eyes Blue” below! for pre-order at the link below and both songs are available on all streaming platforms. Listen here and check out a music video and a visualizer for the tracks:

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UPDATED: Corey Taylor (Slipknot and Stone Sour) Releases Two Singles “CMFT Must Be Stopped” and “Black Eyes Blue”


Corey Taylor, who rose to fame as the frontman of both Slipknot and Stone Sour has announced his highly anticipated solo album CMFT is due out October 2nd via Roadrunner Records. He dropped his first two singles “CMFT Must Be Stopped” (featuring rappers Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie) and “Black Eyes Blue”. The album is available for pre-order at the link below and both songs are available on all streaming platforms. Listen here and check out a music video and a visualizer for the tracks:

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Otep Shamaya of OTEP Co-Stars in the Debut of Vegan Cooking Show “New Day New Chef”


New Day New Chef is a brand new Vegan cooking series, hosted by vegan author and journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, that has debuted on PBS and Amazon Prime. In the premiere episode, the celebrity co-star was no other than artists and activist Otep Shamaya of OTEP. OTEP helped interview guests, provide her own journey toward leading a plant-based lifestyle, discussed her music career, her athletic achievements, and even joked about moshing at one point. Each episode features a different guest co-host and many celebrities preparing their favorite dishes. You can watch all six episodes of Season 1 now at Amazon Prime. Continue reading