(New York, NY) â€” KOCH Records is pleased to announce a new revenue-sharing, multi-album, worldwide partnership with OTEP. The first release under this new agreement is the bandâ€™s highly-anticipated new full-length album, The Ascension– slated for release on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007. Additionally, KOCH Records has several releases planned for 2008 under OTEPâ€™s new, soon to be announced imprint.Led by riveting front-woman Otep Shamaya, Los Angeles-based OTEP has long been considered one of rockâ€™s most extraordinary live experiences.
The Ascension is their third full-length album, and the band challenged itself to avoid clichÃ©s and classifications and find a new landscape of sound and vision. Three songs on The Ascension were co-written with Grammy-nominated guitarist Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne and HELLYEAH). â€œWe said â€˜genre limits and music fads be damned, letâ€™s write music that is important to us and that motivates us,â€ explains Otep Shamaya, the bandâ€™s namesake and driving force. â€œI wanted to write songs we believe in and let nothing stop us from building the album we want to make.â€
Produced by Dave Fortman (Mudvayne, Evanescence), The Ascension is a â€œheavy duty masterpieceâ€ as Harder Beat calls it. Metal Edge states, â€œThe Ascension finds the band in top-form.â€ And Blender offers, â€œOtepâ€™s third album mostly stays within the realm of four-horsemen drum attacks, wrist twisting riffage and dark-lit industrial eeriness.â€
OTEP is currently offering fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to be thanked in the liner notes of The Ascension. The group is asking fans to go out with a flyer they have made available for download and to post it everywhere. OTEP are asking that fans record their efforts and submit videos through YouTube. The person who submits the best video of their promotional efforts will then be thanked in the liner notes of The Ascension, which hits stores October 30th. The contest is open until midnight Eastern Standard Time on September 15th. So hurry over to http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=2243285&blogID=309097091 and get all the details.
Look for the band out on tour in support of The Ascension with band members Brian Wolf, Aaron and eVil J in the fall and into 2008. The band just completed a National tour with Static-X this past summer.
OTEP is managed by the Zen Media Group (HELLYEAH, Mudvayne, Bloodsimple).
To preview music please go to: www.MySpace.com/OTEP or www.OTEP.com
About KOCH Entertainment
KOCH Entertainment, founded in 1987 and now in its twentieth year, is the leading and fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH’s operations encompass record and video labels as well as distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in both the U.S. and Canada and its record label KOCH Records had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for six years in a row (2001 â€“ 2006). KOCH Entertainment is owned by Entertainment One Ltd. which is listed on the London Stock Exchangeâ€™s AIM market (ticker symbol â€œETOâ€).