While we are continuing to enjoy the three-day weekend, and reflecting upon the words of the great Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, the task of bringing the Metal information to your attention commences with this tour announcement by Otep Shamaya. Read on.
The Press Release:
Groundbreaking art-rock performer, author and spoken word artist OTEP will embark on a 30+ date U.S. headline run this February and March as part of her “The Resistance World Tour”. The tour will begin in Mesa, AZ on February 14 and come to a close on March 23 in Las Vegas, NV. The Convalescence, The World Over and One Day Waiting will perform as support on select dates, and Hatebreed will join to headline in two cities. Tickets are on sale now via www.oteploves.me. OTEP states, “The music and message for this tour is simple: when they come for one of us, they come for all of us. We will fight for our right to exist.” Before the tour hits Flint, MI on March 8, OTEP will stock up on cases of water at each venue and accept donations from fans with plans to donate every case of water to the Flint Water Crisis.
OTEP “The Resistance” World Tour U.S. Dates w/ The Convalescence, One Day Waiting support 2/14 – 2/28
2/14 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
2/15 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
2/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger – Hatebreed headlining, tour support not performing
2/18 – Amarillo, TX @ Ink Life Tour @ Amarillo Civic Center – Hatebreed headlining, tour support not performing
2/19 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
2/20 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/21 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
2/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
2/24 – Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center
2/26 – Petaluma, CA @ The Phoenix Theater
2/28 – Eugene, OR @ Hi Fi Music Hall
w/ The World Over support 3/1 – 3/23
3/1 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
3/2 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
3/4 – Billing, MT @ Pub Station
3/5 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
3/6 – Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy’s Bar
3/7 – Janesville, WI @ Back Bar
3/8 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
3/9 – Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
3/10 – Traverse City, MI @ Streeters
3/11 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
3/12 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird
3/13 – Clarksville, TN @ Warehouse
3/15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
3/16 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (3Thirteen Showcase), Dirty Dog Bar
3/18 – Lubbock, TX @ Jakes
3/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go
3/21 – Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock
3/22 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
3/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl @ Hard Rock
OTEP is touring in support of her band’s most recent full-length release, Generation Doom, which hit stores in April 2016 via Napalm Records (order here). With OTEP Shamaya’s multifaceted vocal approach – ranging from gut wrenching roars to soft seductive poetry and beautiful singing showcasing her evolution as a writer and story teller – Generation Doom erupts with thunderous, punishing grooves that harmoniously detonate into dark industrial fury with magma flows of hard rock melodies that seamlessly shapeshift into a mysterious musical beast.
Upon release, Generation Doom debuted at #10 on the Billboard Independent Chart, #7 on the Rock Chart, #4 on the Hard Rock Chart and #109 on the Top 200 Albums Chart. Watch the music video for the powerful single “Zero” here.
About OTEP: OTEP is an explosion of inspiration and motivation, empowered by their dedication to the arts, being a voice for the voiceless and fighting injustice. Originally discovered by Jack and Sharon Osbourne in Los Angeles, OTEP was offered to play Ozzfest as an unsigned band and was the first female fronted band to play the touring festival. She signed with legendary label Capitol Records, without a demo, after only five live shows, and strictly on the power of her live performance. OTEP has gone on to record six studio albums, an EP and a live album.
Nominated by GLAAD for Outstanding Artist Award alongside Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, she won MTV’s prestigious Best Video for “Music With A Message” award. The singer, writer and activist spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 on behalf of Rock The Vote. A celebrated spoken word artist, OTEP has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry twice, recorded an unreleased poetry album and authored three books of poetry. She has also authored a book of short stories titled Movies In My Head and produced and directed an audiobook of one of the stories titled Pinebox Jake. Utilizing her incredibly dynamic vocal range, OTEP also succeeds as a voiceover artist, appearing in many projects such as the award-winning video game The Last Of Us and in feature films including THE HOBBIT: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Her live performances alongside her very talented band have been described as a “complete mutiny of the senses” – combining spoken word with a cathartic range of emotional screams and soft melodies over an equally bedlamite alchemy of masterful music. Armed with the lethality of master artists, they continue to inspire and crush live shows around the world.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: While I’ve never really been more than a casual fan of what Otep does many of my friends are rabid when it comes to her often impacting lyrical statements and that’s brought me to a number of shows over the years. Her delivery and presence are something that you need to experience in the live sense if her music speaks to you on any level and since she is NOT stopping by NYC based on the tour announcement it looks like I will not be able to join that group of friends in raising the horns together. That leaves me wondering what you readers think about this tour and your interest in it. Will you be on point or is this something you will be passing on. Those comments await your topical views.