OTEP, the band led by singer, poet, illustrator, author and activist Otep Shamaya, will embark on the "Generation Doom" tour in April. Support on the trek, which kicks off April in 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada and runs through May 28 in West Hollywood, California, will come from Lacey Sturm (ex-FLYLEAF), SEPTEMBER MOURNING, THROUGH FIRE and DOLL SKIN.
The dates are as follows:
Apr. 08 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock**
Apr. 10 - Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater**
Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Apr. 12 - Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk**
Apr. 14 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater**
Apr. 15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Apr. 16 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Apr. 17 - Spokane, WA @ The Pin
Apr. 18 - Walla Walla, WA @ Main Street Studios**
Apr. 19 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Apr. 20 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater**
Apr. 21 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
Apr. 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Apr. 23 - Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
Apr. 24 - Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME Bar**
Apr. 26 - Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew**
Apr. 27 - Rock Falls, IL @ Longshots**
Apr. 28 - Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter**
Apr. 29 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos
Apr. 30 - Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
May 01 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 03 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar**
May 04 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
May 05 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
May 06 - Reading, PA @ Reverb
May 07 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
May 09 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 10 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
May 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
May 12 - Knoxville, TN @ The International
May 13 - Fayetteville, NC @ Rock Shop
May 14 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
May 15 - Jacksonville, FL @ Harmonious Monks
May 17 - Clarksville, TN @ Warehouse
May 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 19 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall
May 20 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
May 21 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
May 23 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
May 24 - Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
May 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
May 28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
** Lacey Sturm on select dates only
OTEP will release its seventh studio album, "Generation Doom", on April 15 via Napalm. The CD was produced by Howard Benson, who has previously worked with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD, PAPA ROACH, THREE DAYS GRACE, FLYLEAF, P.O.D. and HALESTORM.
The song "Lords Of War", taken from "Generation Doom", can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
About the song, Otep Shamaya says: "'Lords Of War' is a cry of defiance against the ever-encroaching military industrial complex, against police brutality, against tyranny in politics, against CAFOs, against the injustices our people face on a daily basis. Revolution is the opiate of the artist. We'd rather be in battle than at peace. We'd rather be a wolf than a sheep. They've had their chance to reign. But this is our time, our moment. We are generation doom."
With Shamaya's multifaceted vocal approach, from gut-wrenching roars to soft seductive poetry to singing with a surprisingly magically beautiful voice, to 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 shape shift into a mysterious musical beast we've just discovered.
Speaking about the current lineup of OTEP, Shamaya said, "These are the most talented group of musicians I've ever worked with. We are a family. These are my brothers in arms. My guitarist Aristotle and I have a spiritual connection on an alchemical level that's preternaturally conducive to creativity. Along with my amazing drummer Justin Kier and bassist Corey Wolford, we are a force of nature and resistance fighters. Music is our weapon. They believe in what we're doing, what we stand for, and have the utmost affection and respect for our fans, the OTEP tribe."
OTEP was formed in Los Angeles in 2000 and immediately signed to Capitol Records, an achievement based solely on the strength of its live performance. They were selected to appear at Ozzfest after Sharon Osbourne witnessed one of these incendiary performances. Their debut at Ozzfest was only their ninth live show, a major achievement for any band. It would be the kick-off for a career spanning 15 years.