When: Sun., Aug. 5, 7 p.m. 2018
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 they’re 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.