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Victory Records signs OTEP

Monday, April 06, 2009 11:34 AM PT

Official press release:

Victory Records has signed Los Angeles recording artist OTEP. OTEP's all encompassing musical approach coupled with her shaman like artistic qualities and other creative musings have lead to over half a million albums sold over the course of three studio albums. Singer, songwriter, renegade Otep Shamaya describes the band's music as "a total and complete mutiny on the senses. We are a fusion band by nature, inspired by many styles and tones from a variety of musical genres- rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, spoken word, jazz and classic rock. We never allow the antiquated limits of a genre confine or restrict us. Our music is universal and does not belong nor can it be contained in a nice, neat, little box."

The first release under the new alliance is OTEP's highly anticipated fourth full-length studio album "Smash the Control Machine." The new studio album will be released August 18, 2009. Ms. Shamaya says of the album, "The economic crisis is hitting every working family in this country. The album and its title track, 'Smash The Control Machine,' will lay bare the greed and corruption that fostered this calamity, but will also focus on the undying spirit of the working class that always fights the good fight. The title is a line from a William S. Burroughs poem. It is my intention to create an album that serves every head of the hydra that is OTEP. From poetry, to politics, to shock and awe, to sex and righteousness, to standing up and fighting back. Like the mystical symbol of the Ouroboros (the sacred serpent swallowing its tail) all things will be brought back to circle."

OTEP was originally signed after only four shows, without a demo, strictly on the power of the band's live performance. Sharon Osbourne offered the unsigned act a spot on the 2001 Ozzfest Tour leading to three appearances on the festival.

The band's leader, Otep Shamaya, is well respected for her lyrical content and dramatic live performances. She has also published two books of poetry, spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, is a gifted painter and Revolver Magazine compared OTEP to Woodie Guthrie and Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) for her fusing of political activism and music. Some of the primary groups that she supports are RAINN, Carbon Rally, PETA and WSPA. She is also an accomplished television personality having appeared on HBO's "Def Poetry" (twice), Bravo's "Date My Ex" and TLC's "L.A. Ink."

Otep had this to say about signing with Victory: "When I received the news of a possible OTEP/Victory alliance I could swear I felt the sky tremble. This triumvirate (of myself, my manager Jack Ponti and Victory Records) is going to be a terrifying coalition for some and a righteous confederation for others. For me, this is exactly the kind of circumstance I have been waiting for. I believe my creative, intellectual and political instincts and inclinations will flourish alongside the fertile minds of Jack Ponti, Tony Brummel and the amazing staff at Victory."

Victory Records Founder Tony Brummel said, "Signing an artist of OTEP's caliber, intelligence, work ethic and artistic diversity sensibly expands our diverse and formidable roster. I am personally enamored by her work and believe that she has yet to realize a fraction of her potential. More importantly, her art and music have crucial meaning in a time when people need change, hope and something to believe in. We have the tools, she has the material and together we will build a culturally formidable fortress."

Manager Jack Ponti had this to add, "It both thrills and honors me to be working with OTEP and Victory Records. In my thirty years in this business, it's always been about the proper 'marriage.' I cannot convey how excited I am about the possibilities of these daunting forces joining together in what promises to be a thunderous union."

In addition to lending her support to numerous groups and causes (some being the genocide in Darfur, Women's and artists' rights, Marriage Equality, the war in the Congo and support of President Obama), Ms. Shamaya, an accomplished, captivating and astute technophile, has started the social networks "All Shapes and Sizes," along with "Girls Out Now." On December 21, 2008 she created a popular and highly trafficked blog entitled, "I'm Not A Monster." The site was an instant success and a reliable source for current events and her latest musings. Her loyal and passionate fan base are active followers of her frequent Facebook and Twitter postings. Coupled with Victory's proprietary marketing and promotional platforms (VicTorV, VictorStream, VictoryMetal and VictorME) a truly interactive and real-time artist/fan/label fusion has been realized for selling music in 2009.


4/6/2009 11:37:50 AM

4/6/2009 11:38:01 AM
first post...lame "singer, songwriter, renegade"....wtf

4/6/2009 11:38:23 AM
LOL so ummm

4/6/2009 11:38:57 AM

4/6/2009 11:42:40 AM
"We are a fusion band by nature, inspired by many styles and tones from a variety of musical genres- rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, spoken word, jazz and classic rock." This...this is a joke...right?

4/6/2009 11:43:13 AM
she lends her support to the genocide in darfur?

4/6/2009 11:43:17 AM
victory misses the numetal trend by about 13 years

4/6/2009 11:44:17 AM

4/6/2009 11:44:29 AM
hahahahaha ozzfest + victory wtf

4/6/2009 11:44:48 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ieVjv0lz_w L O L

4/6/2009 11:45:47 AM

4/6/2009 11:47:12 AM
victory records brings the mosh

4/6/2009 11:48:11 AM

4/6/2009 11:49:33 AM

4/6/2009 11:51:21 AM
haha, gross

4/6/2009 12:02:26 PM
Funniest thing i have read all day.

4/6/2009 12:02:27 PM
mattox 4/6/2009 11:43:17 AM victory misses the numetal trend by about 13 years <- LOL x true

4/6/2009 12:08:36 PM
i HAAAAAAATE otep,. Tony from Victory must be hurting. This band has been dead for a decade

4/6/2009 12:09:23 PM
Two shitty, shitty entities that totally deserve each other.

4/6/2009 12:17:15 PM
HAHAHAHA My mind is blown. fcking serious?

4/6/2009 12:20:41 PM
500 000 albums sold? america needs to STOP. oh, and "accomplished television personality"? fck off

4/6/2009 12:32:26 PM
I'm not reading all of this shit.

4/6/2009 12:35:20 PM
The shit has hit the fan.

4/6/2009 12:39:33 PM
fck VICTORY RECORDS!! they signed them because 100's of thousands of gays in Hot topic Bondage pants buy Otep more Otep shit than safety Pins. Next Victory will sign Limp Bizkit and hopefully Matchbox 20, selling out never felt so good!

4/6/2009 12:40:24 PM
i hope this band reads this and blows up

4/6/2009 12:45:57 PM

4/6/2009 12:49:55 PM

4/6/2009 12:53:07 PM
R U SRS?!?!?!?!

4/6/2009 12:54:23 PM
culturally formidable fortress culturally formidable fortress culturally formidable fortress culturally formidable fortress culturally formidable fortress culturally formidable fortress culturally formidable fortress

4/6/2009 12:58:25 PM
LMFAO this is the funniest news ever.

4/6/2009 1:05:45 PM
Victory and all other labels are simply banks. Judging by the rabidness of Otep's ridiculous fans (second only to Tool fans), I'd say it's a pretty good investment. That said... GROSS.

4/6/2009 1:06:38 PM
tee hee hee

4/6/2009 1:09:24 PM
wow. i am going to leave this one alone.

4/6/2009 1:15:15 PM
why is this post so fcking long?

4/6/2009 1:19:17 PM
Horrible label, horrible band.

4/6/2009 1:19:52 PM
why does this surprise anyone? Victory has sucked since 1998

4/6/2009 1:22:39 PM
eeemOTEP eeeemOTEP!!!!!!

4/6/2009 1:23:11 PM

4/6/2009 1:26:15 PM
Who gives a flyin fck?

4/6/2009 1:29:17 PM

4/6/2009 1:32:39 PM
Victory signs UTEP.

4/6/2009 1:37:33 PM
*head explodes*

4/6/2009 1:41:09 PM
oh now you done it victory

4/6/2009 1:41:15 PM
Dyami_LIAV 4/6/2009 1:37:33 PM *head explodes*Dyami_LIAV 4/6/2009 1:37:33 PM *head explodes*Dyami_LIAV 4/6/2009 1:37:33 PM *head explodes*

4/6/2009 1:42:20 PM
maybe they'll do a bomb-ass split with Snow Dogs.

4/6/2009 1:45:55 PM
who wants to hear a joke? Women's rights.

4/6/2009 1:50:06 PM

4/6/2009 2:11:30 PM
April fcking Fools??? hahaha this is almost too ridiculous..

4/6/2009 2:47:11 PM
this bitch sure sounds like a c*nt

4/6/2009 2:47:54 PM
i guess it makes sense. im betting the only reason he keeps bury your dead is because he thinks they're sevendust. but then again, so do they.

4/6/2009 3:14:11 PM
Can we just get Victory to sign a few more shit bands and then blow up when they're all under one roof?

4/6/2009 3:49:16 PM
Both parties involved should die in a fiery bus crash. They deserve each other in the fact that they are both utter shit and were never any good.

4/6/2009 4:12:10 PM

4/6/2009 4:13:16 PM
Trash Talk & Otep to tour in fall!

4/6/2009 4:28:53 PM
what the fck

4/6/2009 4:43:53 PM
Wow. Just wow.

4/6/2009 4:44:00 PM
Meshuggah would never do this! it had to be said

4/6/2009 5:10:06 PM

4/6/2009 5:18:04 PM

4/6/2009 5:45:04 PM
Victory Record$

4/6/2009 5:56:42 PM
You guys are jerks. I think some of her stuff is pretty cool. Okay, just kidding.

4/6/2009 6:23:08 PM
Holy fcking shit this is prob the lamest shit I've heard. fckin a...isn't it a bit late for april fools jokes?

4/6/2009 6:42:22 PM
just because you randomly showed up on tv doesn't mean you are an accomplished television personality you dumb nu-metal slut.

4/6/2009 7:42:16 PM
Victory is going to be bummed when they realize they accidentally singed OTEP instead of OPETH!

4/6/2009 8:25:39 PM
okay so i'm waiting for the "just kidding" part

4/6/2009 9:00:59 PM
stupid band signs with stupid label

4/6/2009 9:02:51 PM
I'm seriously in awe that people actually like this band and even call it music. Horrible music mixed with support for a horrible president make for a bad combination too. What a joke.

4/6/2009 9:06:10 PM
holy fcking christ al-shitty-mighty...

4/6/2009 10:10:32 PM
horrible. all victory needs to do now is sign ICP. gay band, gay label, gay fans, gay music.

4/7/2009 12:58:02 AM
Nu metal garbage, how dare you say you have even 1% the talent of the WORST jazz musician, NOT JAZZ

4/7/2009 1:38:27 AM
never once heard this band but they sound gay, so all you folks with any opinion of this have complete shit taste in music

4/7/2009 1:46:04 AM
best "When I received the news of a possible OTEP/Victory alliance I could swear I felt the sky tremble. This triumvirate (of myself, my manager Jack Ponti and Victory Records)"

4/7/2009 3:06:36 AM

4/7/2009 4:46:36 AM
Victory has most certainly reached new lows. Their worst emo band is better than this band.

4/7/2009 6:56:23 PM
If she wasn't a lesbian, i'd fck her...

4/7/2009 6:58:09 PM
Astute pedophile Otep started social networks All Shapes and Sizes, & Girls Out Now; both a total and complete mutiny on the senses. Otep supports shock, awe, sex, the genocide in Darfur and NAMBLA, from high atop her culturally formidible fortress.

4/7/2009 8:20:26 PM

4/8/2009 12:05:45 AM
Best news ever. Shitty bands deserve to end up on shitty labels. fcking lol fest 98.

4/8/2009 12:08:16 AM
Also, this entire write up is a fcking joke, and some of the most hilarious untrue shit about any band ever in the history of shitty music.

4/8/2009 4:35:49 AM
haahhahahah what the fck

4/8/2009 6:45:59 AM
angry lesbians are stoked...BEWARE THE NU METAL STRAP ON!

4/8/2009 8:42:08 AM
I honestly never thought Victory would a shittier band than emmure.. fck my life was I wrong. OTEP/Emmure world flip tour '09

4/8/2009 11:02:46 AM
Thats gross

4/8/2009 12:55:00 PM
Otep is just awful.

4/8/2009 7:23:39 PM

4/8/2009 8:44:27 PM
victory drops all out war but signs otep...what the fck is the world coming to?

4/9/2009 5:47:35 PM
This band still exists? God damnit. Female vocalist. LAME. Women's Rights flip.

4/10/2009 3:08:19 PM
its a lambgoat post not a fcking term paper. can we keep it to one or two brief paragraphs?

4/12/2009 3:15:32 AM
Is that bald gay fcking the singer or something? this has to be a favor of some sort...

4/21/2009 4:49:27 PM
pffffft, their vocalist just queefed.