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Early years, Jihad and Sevas Tra (2000–2003)

Otep began as a band in Los Angeles, California, in late 2000.<ref name="AMG"/> The name Otep is from Otep Shamaya's stage name and is an anagram for "Poet". They were invited to play Ozzfest before they had signed to a label after Sharon Osbourne witnessed their live performance. They have since played Ozzfest several times.<ref name="AMG"/> Otep signed with Capitol Records after a few shows and without a demo, purely on the power of their live performance.<ref name="AMG"/> They started gigging around Los Angeles a lot and released the Jihad EP in 2001.<ref name="AMG"/>

The band released their album Sevas Tra with Terry Date<ref name="sevas">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> on June 18, 2002,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and then played several gigs at the Ozzfest and was considered one of the prime bands there in 2002.<ref name="AMG"/> Their first time at Ozzfest was in 2001 with their eighth gig.<ref name="AMG"/> The first album peaked at 145 on the Billboard 200<ref name="US-albums">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and 86 on the UK Albums Chart.<ref name="UK">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

House of Secrets (2004–2006)

On July 27, 2004, Otep released their 2nd album House of Secrets<ref name="allmusic">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and it was produced by Greg Wells.<ref name="AMG"/> The album peaked at 93 on the Billboard 200<ref name="US-albums"/> and 102 on the French Chart.<ref name="FRA">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The Ascension (2007–2008)

After 3 years of touring, on March 20 during 2007 they signed to Koch Records and they released their third album titled The Ascension<ref name="ascension">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and supported it with constant touring with Static-X starting in the spring of 2007.<ref name="AMG"/> Despite the original release date, the album was delayed indefinitely due to the recent Capitol/Virgin Records merger.<ref>Blabbermouth, " article", Posted March 3, 2007.</ref><ref>CD Universe, "CD Universe album listing", Retrieved February 16th 2013.</ref><ref>Digital Media Wire, "Capitol/Virgin Records merger", Posted January 25, 2007.</ref> It peaked at 81 on the Billboard 200<ref name="US-albums"/><ref name="road">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="Allmusic credits">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and 6 on the US Independent Charts.<ref name="Allmusic credits"/><ref name="US-Independent-albums">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The album also had about 10,200 album copies sold in its first week of release.<ref name="road"/>

Smash the Control Machine (2009–2010)

In 2009, Otep signed with Victory Records.<ref name="AMG"/> Their 2009 album, Smash the Control Machine released August 18 during 2009,<ref name="AMG"/><ref>Allmusic review</ref> included a reunion with former members Mark "Moke" Bistany on drums and Rob Patterson on guitar. The album also featured Koichi Fukuda on piano, and Emilie Autumn on violin, and a cowrite with songwriter Holly Knight, which resulted in "You're a Woman Now". Holly Knight previously cowrote "Perfectly Flawed" with Otep on The Ascension.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> It peaked at 47 on the Billboard 200<ref name="US-albums"/> and 6 on the US Independent Charts.<ref name="US-Independent-albums"/>

The band appeared with 2Cents, Five Finger Death Punch & Shadows Fall on the 'Shock & Raw Tour' of North America in the fall of 2009.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

On September 30, 2010, bassist Jay McGuire left the band.<ref name="bio">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Atavist and Sounds Like Armageddon (2011–2012)

During April 26, 2011,<ref name="atavist">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Otep released their 5th studio album, Atavist.<ref name="AMG"/> The album peaked at 61 on the Billboard 200,<ref name="US-albums"/> 10 on the Independent Charts<ref name="US-Independent-albums"/> and 19 on the US Rock Charts.<ref name="US-Rock-albums">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

On November 6, 2012, Otep released their first live album, Sounds Like Armageddon.<ref name="riot"></ref><ref name="SLA">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Hydra and Recent Activity (2013–present)

In an interview, Otep Shamaya has stated that Hydra will be her band's final album.<ref> OTEP Releases Final Album</ref> The album was released on January 22, 2013<ref name="hydra">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and peaked at 133 on Billboard 200.<ref name=Billboard>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> However, the band is still touring and have tours in places such as the USA's east coast and Australia for their Sounds of Armageddon tour.<ref name="mosh">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="metalasfuck">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In early 2014, Otep confirmed on her personal Facebook account and her Band account that another album would be made. A release date has not yet been confirmed

In April 2014, Otep have signed a new management deal with Kam 9.8 Machlation Group—a company founded by Slipknot‘s acrobatic DJ Sid Wilson and his business partner Synonym Mead.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} The conract with Kam 9.8 never got a sequel and in early September 2015 Otep announced on her facebook-page that the band has signed a new management deal with Napalm Records. And that a new album will be released in spring 2016 (pre-order from winter 2015). There has yet to be announced the specific release date. "Signing with Napalm Records is one of the most exciting alliances I’ve ever made. I haven’t felt this excited to write a new album since ‘Sevas Tra.’ There’s a lot of work to do, a lot of music to write, a lot of things to say, a lot of injustices to confront and a lot of madness to summon and capture. To be able to forge this sacred alchemy with the dark brilliance of producer Howard Benson is a dream come true." <ref></ref>

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