Artist, activist, poet, and voice actress OTEP has unveiled new information about her bands’ forthcoming new album, their eighth, due later in 2018 from Napalm Records. The group has also booked a rare festival appearance at this summer’s’ 25th annual Rock Fest.
OTEP commented on the new album:
“I’m co-producing this album with my guitarist Aristotle, which has allowed us to create without limitations. The musicality is stellar and has been elevated to a whole new stratosphere of sound. With Aristotle on guitar, Justin Kier on drums and Drew Barnes on bass, each musician has a powerful voice on this album.”
Commenting on her incoming lyrical content, OTEP commented:
“No one is safe, no one escapes. It’s powerful, poetic, patriotic protest music. One could say it’s an activist album hoping to incite social change and support those who are at the barricades, who are marching in the streets for justice, who are demanding our government protect our great nation from enemies foreign and domestic – this includes the bloated colostomy bag disgracing the White House, Traitor Trump, and his loafer licking cronies… but I digress.”
On the significance of making their eighth album:
“Writing our eighth album is not only a blessing for which we are forever grateful but the number itself is said to have magical properties. In Norse mythology, the horse of the god Odin has eight legs. The Pythagoreans considered the number eight the “little holy number”. The eighth day of the Chinese New Year is the annual gathering of all the gods in Heaven. In the Tarot, eight is the card for Justice which seems appropriate considering the current political climate we are suffering through. The mathematical symbol for infinity is an eight on its side. There are eight festivals observed in the Wicca Wheel of the Year. There were eight gates surrounding the ancient city of Babylon. The eighth gate was named the Gate of Ishtar. Ishtar is the goddess of love and war, the Queen of the Earth and Heaven. She is the morning and evening star. Qualities I certainly relate to. And finally, I’m a Scorpio and Scorpio is the eighth astrological sign in the Zodiac.
The band is currently recording at The Lair in Los Angeles, completely utilizing the same equipment used on their first album, Sevas Tra (Capitol Records) (down to her original vocal microphone, a SHURE Beta 58), in order to create a sound throwing it back to the early days of the band.
The 25th annual Rock Fest will take place from July 12-14, 2018 on the Rock Fest grounds and will feature some of the biggest names coming to the festival. Disturbed, Incubus and Godsmack are slated to headline with Rise Against, Halestorm, Seether, Black Label Society, Bush and many others. Rock Fest tickets, camping, and pit passes are on sale now at http://bit.ly/RockFest2018. For additional information and a complete line-up list, visit https://www.rock-fest.com.