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A hard-hitting, multi-faceted, female-fronted metal outfit from Los Angeles, CA, Otep got their start in 2000, when 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. They began gigging around L.A. and scored a deal with Capitol solely on the strength of their live show, 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. Sophomore effort, House of Secrets (2004) introduced elements of funk, hip-hop, and ambient into their melting pot of metal. Working with producer Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne), Otep followed it up with the heavy duty 2007 masterpiece Ascension which includes the stirring ballad "Perfectly Flawed" and a cover of Nirvana's "Breed." Available for the first time in a decade on colored 180g 2LP.