Otep (also written as OTEP or OT3P) are an American nu metal band formed in the fall of 2000 in Los Angeles, California fronted by Otep Shamaya. They have released one EP, five studio albums and two live albums. They also are currently signed to Victory Records.
Otep began as a band in Los Angeles, California in late 2000. They were invited to play Ozzfest before they had even signed to a label after Sharon Osbourne witnessed their live performance. They have since played Ozzfest several times. Otep signed with Capitol Records after only a few shows and without a demo, purely on the power of their live performance. They started gigging around Los Angeles a lot and released Jihad in 2001.
The band released their album Sevas Tra with Terry Date on June 18, 2002 and then played several gigs at the Ozzfest and was consider one of the prime bands there in 2002.