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 Sound Scan.Shamaya has been featured on HBO's television series Def Poetry.Shamaya’sbackground in literature shines through with lyrics that are clearand dramatic. Where as before, people might have a certain idea of whata lesbian is.If having one of the few female frontpersons inmetal — and its only out lesbian — seems like a recipe for disaster,think again: OTEP played Ozzfest 2001, 02, and 04 (they didn’tperform at Ozzfest 2003 because Shamaya was writing their secondalbum, Thisyear OTEP is headlining the Alliance of Defiance tour, with fortystops scheduled through the spring. I needed a sonic landscape that wasjust as aggressive as I am. It never occurred to me that womendon’t do this kind of music. So far I’ve only had a few people who seem to havea problem with me being here. The more exposure people get to any community Ithink is good.After Ellen.com: With the kind of diverse musical influences you had, what broughtyou to metal? Bands like Slayer and Slipknot, hearingthose bands, there was something phenomenal about the way theycommunicated their messages. It never even crossed my mindthat I was a rarity or something unique. Mostly because I’m a woman,and I guess I’m the antithesis of what they embrace as whata woman is. The sexuality of what I do is not even a part of it. I don’t judge them based on their lives,and I don’t care if they like mine or not, I’m nothere for that. I tooled around with musicians, but I was never formally trained.
Leader Otep Shamaya returns the fans’ traditionalheavy metal two-finger salute with a single raised middle finger.
And he looked at me and said “OK, let’s try it, let’s find some musicians.”What we do is a little different, it’s not just your typical metal show.
It’s not hair metal or glam or anything of that nature. OS: We were doing local shows around LA and the buzz started and all of a sudden we start noticing suits in the corners watching us and on their phones and their little Blackberries.
I sat with musicians, learned a little bit by osmosis.
It’s a completely different mental process from writing.
As of December 2013, they are no longer under their previous label Victory Records and currently are signed with Napalm Records.