Otep Shamaya says, "Art is war." The singer for her namesake L.A.-based metal-fusion band, Otep, considers herself a revolutionary, and makes art catharsis via visceral screams and songs that sear the ears like hot grease. Her lyrics are laden with apocryphal poetics about religion, politics, love, and loathing; she's a big fan of Jim Morrison, and his influence emerges in lines like "Here in the serial killer holy land/It's not over" ("Hooks & Splinters") and "Palace of madness and sadness" ("Communion"). Despite more lineup changes (bassist eViL J is the only other remaining original member of the band) and a label change (the band took... More >>>