LA's Otep Brings Rap-Metal Fusion to The Rock Box


  • Djosefin Maurer
Jumping into the tail-end of the nu-metal scene, L.A.’s Otep (named after lead vocalist’s Otep Shamaya’s stage name) was one of the only bands in the genre with a female lead vocalist leading the charge. Alongside the likes of Kittie, Shamaya’s vocals were a breath of fresh air amid the sausage-fest that was most of metal, especially in the early 2000s. And Shamaya wasn’t just serving up a healthy batch of snarls, shrieks and guttural roars. The singer spun some fresh hip-hop bars in the mix. Yeah, Otep made a huge impact in the rap-metal world, and, though their sound is more active rock (like many a metal band with careers lasting longer than a decade), it’s not that big of a surprise that they’ve managed to stay in the game this long.

$15, Sun Aug 5, 7pm, The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 677-9453,

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