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A hard-hitting, multifaceted, female-fronted metal outfit from Los Angeles, California, Otep got their start in late 2000, when singer/band namesake Otep Shamaya brought her Marilyn Manson-meets-Kim Gordon style of singing to a crew of musicians known only as Rob, Moke, and eViL j. The foursome began gigging around Los Angeles and scored a deal with Capitol solely on the strength of their live show (they'd not yet recorded a demo), releasing the Jihad EP the following year. Rumors of cannibalism and dabbling in the mystical arts helped add to their mysterious image, and they found themselves receiving nods of approval from the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Marilyn Manson himself for their antics. Their eighth live show ever was at 2001's Ozzfest, and Otep stepped back into the studio with Terry Date at the tail end of the year to record their full-length debut, Sevas Tra, which saw the light of day in the summer of 2002. That summer they again joined up with the Ozzfest tour, gaining a prime spot on the second stage. In 2004 the group released its sophomore effort, House of Secrets, which introduced elements of funk, hip-hop, and ambient into the group's melting pot of metal. Working with producer Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne), Otep followed up three years later with Ascension and supported it on spring 2007 dates with Static-X. In 2009 the band signed to Victory Records and released Smash the Control Machine, which debuted at number 47 on the Billboard 200. Two years later the band followed up with its fifth full-length album, Atavist, the first Otep outing that did not feature longtime bassist eViL j, who left the group shortly after the release of Smash the Control Machine. Arriving in 2013, the conceptual Hydra would be the band's first album to rely solely on drum programming, while 2016's Generation Doom, their seventh studio long-player, saw Otep make the move to Napalm Records. ~ Bradley Torreano
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  1.   Song
  2.   Confrontation
  3.   Smash the Control Machine
  4.   Remember to Forget
  5.   Not To Touch the Earth
  6.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  7.   Breed
  8.   Jonestown Tea
  9.   Warhead
  10.   Blood Pigs
  11.   Down
  12.   Fists Fall
  13.   T.R.I.C.
  14.   Battle Ready
  15.   Fillthee
  16.   Crawling Up
  17.   Lords of War
  18.   Apex Predator
  19.   Necromantic
  20.   Perfectly Flawed
  21.   My Confession
  22.   Rise Rebel Resist
  23.   Blowtorch Nightlight
  24.   Eet the Children
  25.   In Cold Blood
  26.   Hag
  27.   March of the Martyrs
  28.   Home Grown
  29.   Shattered Pieces
  30.   More Fire
  31.   Royals
  32.   Zero
  33.   Stay
  34.   Run for Cover
  35.   Hooks & Splinters
  36.   I, Alone
  37.   Communion
  38.   Invisible
  39.   Noose & Nail
  40.   Sacrilege
  41.   Breathing in the Fire
  42.   Feeding Frenzy
  43.   Unveiled
  44.   Ghostflowers
  45.   House of Secrets
  46.   Sepsis
  47.   Buried Alive
  48.   Thots