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OTEP’s Smash The Control Machine! Aug 18th

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Victory Records recording artist OTEP will be hitting the road in support of her upcoming release Smash The Control Machine for what promises to be one of the most sensory invasive tours of 2009.

The tour will hit more than 23 U.S. cities, starting August 2nd at Gator’s in Farmington, NM, and will wrap up September 16th at LA’s Whiskey-A-Go-Go.

The tour will include a stop at 2009’s Rock the Ink, a music and tattoo festival with projected attendance of 10,000, which OTEP has been chosen to headline.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to share all of the new tracks with our fans,” comments Otep. “We just want to get out there and do what we do best: PLAY!”

OTEP has named fellow Victory act DESTROPHY as direct support with Central Illinois metal heads 7 YEAR EXISTENCE rounding out the package. “We want to annihilate the senses at every show,” states OTEP.

This trek marks OTEP’s first stateside appearance in 2009.

The Los Angeles, CA native toured South America in January and has spent the last several months in self-induced “artistic solitary confinement” submersed in creating, writing, recording and perfecting her brand-new album. OTEP, however, was not a silent invalid.

Her core fans were engaged in the process and journey via Twitter tweets, daily Facebook updates and her blog

Smash The Control Machine will be released August 18th on Victory Records. The artistically cathartic, socially riveting and revolutionary album was produced by Grammy-nominated Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Deftones, Breaking Benjamin).

The vocal style of Otep Shamaya ranges from soothingly and romantically hypnotic to piercingly guttural, to anthem like proclamations that cohesively come together encapsulating her trademark, one of a kind delivery. OTEP engages and enlightens with her lyrics, which are sung and screamed over metallic riffs, hook-laden rhythms and even delicate piano.

Smash The Control Machine is not just another hard rock album, it is an intelligent, mind expanding work of art.

Otep has also made a name for herself outside of music. Singer, activist, actress, writer and artist she has filmed segments for several top-rated TV shows, including HBO’s “DEF POETRY,” Bravo’s “DATE MY EX” and TLC’s hit show “L.A. Ink.” She was a guest speaker at the Democratic National Convention and worked extensively with Voter Registration.

OTEP is one of the most searched celebrities on pop culture sites, such as and Shamaya also finds time to be a vocal and committed activist for such causes as Climate Change via Carbon, Equal Rights, Victims Rights, Hurricane Relief, the genocides in Darfur, Chad, and Myanmar, PETA, and RAINN. Otep Shamaya also created a social networking site ( to help reinforce new ideas to promote self-esteem and self-confidence.

Photo:  Music Fashion Magazine


2 Responses to “OTEP’s Smash The Control Machine! Aug 18th”

  1. I am SO f*cking excited for this album! SS4L!!

  2. CAN’T WAIT for the TOUR!!!! STCM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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