Mike Meyer of the Illinois Entertainer recently conducted an interview with OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On the subject of women in heavy metal;
"I hate these kinds of interviews. I'm a woman. I sing in a band. And it's unique and rare and all that, but it isn't to me. It's just who I am. It's my existence. Sorry if I seem a little curt, but it's just frustrating."
On being criticized on web sites like BLABBERMOUTH.NET for having a name that closely resembles OPETH (a longtime Swedish metal act) and for her "fake" death grunts:
"Here it is in a nutshell: It terrifies the boys' club that they're going to lose an inch of power to someone like me. It terrifies them to the core, because all they have is this illusion of being superior. And once that illusion breaks down, they're left with the reality. And the reality is that they're not."
On the fact that that most of OTEP's new CD, "The_Ascension", waves goodbye to metal music:
"Alternative is what we do. We're the alternative. If there's anyone trying not to stay within genre limits or be defined by a specific idea, it is definitely our intention to do exactly that and not be considered a metal band. There's this bubble that metal lives in that is very restrictive and exclusive, even though it's now supposed to be the outlaw music. It's just a big frat club. I don't need any of that."