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NOTHING TEPID ABOUT L.A.'S OTEP.

Byline: Marie Vasari Staff Writer

Like nature, rock music abhors a vacuum, which explains why Otep comes along just when Nine Inch Nails has receded into obscurity, Limp Bizkit is merely a punch line and Marilyn Manson is probably playing proms.

The Los Angeles quartet, fronted by heavily inked leather-lunged blonde Otep Shamaya, makes a formidable noise that's helped vault the group onto the Ozzfest trek for a second time.

The extreme rock genre, of course, demands more than colon-clenching music, and Otep has worked extra hard on its image. Along with the requisite rumors of cannibalism and our old pal Satanism, you've got Shamaya herself.

Known to rip out her own hair on stage, Shamaya refuses to discuss any part of her background while claiming to speak a self-invented language she calls ``poet'' - from which she anagramed her first name.

What happened to warm 'n' fuzzy black shrouds and bat-biting?

Though Shamaya will not explain her, er, predilections, Otep's song titles give a hint to what she's about - ``Autopsy Song,'' ``Suicide Trees,'' ``Buried Alive,'' ``Blood Pig,'' ``Jonestown Tea.'' Sorry, Paul Anka fans, there won't be any covers of ``(You're) Having My Baby.''

``It's hard to say where the inspiration comes from,'' she says. ``It's just a part of who I am. So I think the one thing that works best for me is to sort of stay open to the frequencies along the way and seek out inspiration wherever it comes from and not worry about the source. I think, in doing that, it keeps me in constant creative motion.''

That constant creative motion will be on display Saturday at Ozzy Osbourne's 14-hour Ozzfest, which brings together Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slayer and Slipknot at Hyundai Pavilion in San Bernardino. Otep, appearing on the festival's second stage, was also hired for the 2002 edition of Ozzfest.

``It's a very similar animal to an athlete preparing,'' Shamaya says of Ozzfest preparations. ``Recording is internalized vs. performing. Performing has always been a very religious experience for me. You're really able to live the songs you spent so much time creating.''

For her part, writing ``has always been a very private thing for me, in that I really think that I don't fully understand who I am. So I'm always trying to understand that. It's a difficult process to do. It's sort of uncomfortable, but I think that's part of an artist.''

``What's easiest for me is to fall back into myself, fall back into the songs, the emotions that caused me to write this song, and feed off that - become a martyr for the music and be devoured on stage,'' she says. ``In some respects, it's like fighting a war, like healing.''

It's not easy being Otep.

Staff Writer Fred Shuster contributed to this story.

OZZFEST 2004

What: Ozzy Osbourne's annual 14-hour, 20-band head-banging orgy features Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slayer, Dimmu Borgir, Black Label Society, Slipknot, Otep and more.

Where: Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.

Tickets: $38.50 to $128.75. Call (213) 480-3232 or www.cc.com.

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Lee Rios, left, Otep Shamaya and eViL j - aka Otep - will play at Ozzfest Saturday at the Hyundai Pavilion.
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