Otep’s Otep Shamaya is one of the more well-known women in the metal genre. Otep is a band that broke through with their spastic and unpredictable songwriting along with the emotional vocals of Shamaya.

The frontwoman is famous for shifting gears between maddening shrieks and screams, to more spoken vocal parts that bring an even more demented element to the already deranged music of Otep. Shamaya is an open lesbian and vegeterian in addition to an extreme metal frontwoman. She serves as a role model for women who may be battling with sexuality issues and the male-dominated metal realm.