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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.   Smash the Control Machine
  3.   Confrontation
  4.   Remember to Forget
  5.   Breed
  6.   Fists Fall
  7.   Not To Touch the Earth
  8.   Warhead
  9.   Blood Pigs
  10.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  11.   Eet the Children
  12.   T.R.I.C.
  13.   Fillthee
  14.   Perfectly Flawed
  15.   Home Grown
  16.   My Confession
  17.   Apex Predator
  18.   Battle Ready
  19.   I, Alone
  20.   Invisible
  21.   Ghostflowers
  22.   Milk of Regret
  23.   House of Secrets
  24.   Possession
  25.   Stay
  26.   March of the Martyrs
  27.   Crooked Spoons
  28.   Nein
  29.   Suicide Trees
  30.   Jonestown Tea
  31.   Emtee
  32.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  33.   Blood Hungry Gods
  34.   Angry Rivers
  35.   Communion
  36.   Noose & Nail
  37.   Brother
  38.   Requiem
  39.   Shattered Pieces
  40.   Self-Made
  41.   Autopsy Song
  42.   Hooks & Splinters
  43.   Sepsis
  44.   The Lord Is My Weapon
  45.   Hag
  46.   Crush
  47.   Blowtorch Nightlight