OTEP: New Audio Interview Posted Online

December 3, 2007

The latest episode of "Talking Metal" features an interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with OTEP vocalist Otep Shamaya. Topics inlcude the band's new album "The_Ascension", Shamaya's writing, her "Little Sins" e-book, and her poetry and illustrations available on Lulu.com. Additional topics covered include Ozzfest, Sharon Osbourne, Vinnie Paul, and former OTEP and current Ace Frehley drummer Scott Coogan. The podcast can be downloaded at this location. iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location.

OTEP has set up a new web site in addition to its official site. ThisIsOtep.tv will enable fans to enjoy live web video chats with Otep Shamaya as well as a chat room for fans to directly communicate with the band.

The first live chat is scheduled for today (Monday, December 3) at 8:00 p.m. EST. Otep will ask fans trivia questions about the group's video for the NIRVANA cover "Breed". Every question is going to require users to watch the video numerous times to find the answer which is hidden within the video. Fans will be rewarded with prizes such as copies of the band's new album "The_Ascension", stickers, posters, and other merchandise. Otep will regularly visit this site to conduct impromptu video chats after the "Breed" promotion on Monday. Fans will learn of Otep's visits to the Otep TV site via MySpace bulletins and email alerts.

OTEP's new album, "The_Ascension", sold 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Dave Fortman (MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE),"The_Ascension" sees the band challenging itself to avoid clichés and classifications and finding a new landscape of sound and vision. "We said 'genre limits and music fads be damned, let's write music that is important to us and that motivates us," explained Shamaya. "I wanted to write songs we believe in and let nothing stop us from building the album we want to make."

Watch OTEP's "Breed" video below:

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