‘Sleeping Lions’ Is Another Successful Effort From Otherwise

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Otherwise is preparing to hit the road this weekend for a series of live dates in support of its latest full-length studio recording Sleeping Lions.  The band’s third album, it is scheduled to be released Sept. 22 in stores and online, and continues the success brought through the band’s first two albums – True Love Never Dies (2012) and Peace At All Costs (2014).  That is due in part to the mix of musical influences evident throughout the record.  The record’s collective lyrical content plays its own integral part in its overall presentation, too.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  When it is joined with the record’s musical arrangements and lyrical content, the whole of the noted elements makes it deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums.

Otherwise’s third full-length studio recording Sleeping Lions is a record that is deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums.  That is due in part to the musical arrangements presented over the course of the record’s 11-song, 44-minute run.  Right from the album’s outset, listeners are treated to a heavy, guitar-driven arrangement in ‘Angry Heart’ that lends itself easily to comparisons to so many songs from Alter Bridge.  The arrangement presented in the record’s title track, which comes early in the album’s run, changes things up instantly, conjuring thoughts of Shinedown.  Much the same can be said of the melodic hard rock arrangement presented in ‘Crocodile Tears.’ ‘Suffer,’ the album’s third track, changes things up just as much, leading to thoughts of Staind with its arrangement.  That is due both to the song’s arrangement and front man Adrian Patrick’s vocal delivery style here.  One could even compare the arrangement presented in ‘Close To The Gods’ to compositions from a handful of well-known hard rock acts including Soil, Drowning Pool, Sevendust and other similar acts.  These comparisons are just some of the ways in which the album’s musical arrangements prove so important to its presentation.  They show the album’s musical reach for all intents and purposes, which is clearly rather extensive.  Considering this, that reach builds a solid foundation for Sleeping Lions.  It is only one of the album’s key elements, too.  The album’s overall lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical content presented throughout the course of Sleeping Lions is important to discuss because it is just as varied as the album’s musical arrangement.  Case in point is the lyrical content presented in the album’s closer, ‘Bloodline Lullaby.’  The song’s lyrical content comes across perhaps as Patrick (or one of his band mates) singing to a child before heading out on the road as he sings in the song’s lead verse, “Never worry child/Everything’s alright/It may take a while to see the good light/I’m right here with you/Always true/So don’t say goodbye/I’ll see you soon/Another day/Another moon.”  The song’s second verse lends itself just as much to that thought as Patrick sings, “Crazy as it seems/Life in the spotlight/Chasing down a dream/Living through a phone line/You are all I need/You’re my everything/Counting down the hours/Oh how the time flies/Running the miracle mile/Crossing the state line/I’m right here with you/Always true/So don’t say goodbye/I’ll see you soon/Another day/Another moon.”  It’s hardly the first time that a musician or act has ever crafted a song about life on the road and the strains connected therein.  But the lyrical approach taken here makes it original.  The addition of the heartfelt musical arrangement, which itself can be compared to compositions from so many of Otherwise’s current counterparts, adds to that emotional impact.  Considering this, the song becomes just one clear example of why the album’s lyrical content is just as important to its presentation as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical content presented in ‘Nothing To Me’ is another example of what makes this album’s lyrical content so important to discuss.  While the album’s closer presents a moving message of familial love in its lyrical content, ‘Nothing To Me’ is the polar opposite.  It is clearly a song about a broken relationship, but is certainly not the standard oh-woe-is-me message.  Rather, it presents a very self-confident tone in its wording as is evidenced right off the bat as Patrick sings, “So this is what you have been waiting for/Just to be uglier than me/I’m not a line in the sand/You sin has been wasted/And you’ve become the very thing that you hated/Careful/You might find what you’re looking for.”  That confidence continues in the song’s second verse as Patrick sings, “Yeah, you should focus on yourself/To pretend you’re not scared/I can tell that you’re shakin’/Don’t look down/Your safety net’s breakin’/Careful/You might find what you’re looking for.”  There is plenty of fiery energy behind these words thanks to Patrick’s delivery.  That fire and the message in the lyrics makes fully evident the message here.  As with ‘Bloodline Lullaby,’ it is not the first song of its style.  Other proud, confident breakup songs have been crafted by other bands, but the lyrical fashion in which that message was delivered here makes the message just as powerful and welcome as ever.  With that in mind, it makes the song yet another example of why the album’s lyrical content is so important to its overall presentation.  It still is not the last example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important to discuss.  ‘Close To The Gods’ is yet one more example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important to discuss.

The content presented in ‘Close To The Gods’ is another prime example of what makes Sleeping Lions’ lyrical content so important to discuss because it comes across as one of the record’s deepest songs, lyrically speaking.  Patrick sings in the song’s lead verse, “Are you willing to do/What it takes to be truthful/Can you cut through the filth/And get down to the beautiful” before singing in the song’s lead chorus, “Now I’m crawling on a face of stone/I’m trying hard to leave a mark/So reckless on a path unknown/Hoping to catch a spark/Getting close to the gods/And the devil is falling/Now there’s no way to stop/No escape from the calling/So you don’t fall behind/We’re holding the line/Fighting for life as we climb/Close to the gods/All the temples are falling/Getting close to the gods.”  Additionally, he sings in the song’s second verse, “Feel the energy slip/Through your hands as you witness/All the steel turn to rust/We are sand/We are ashes and dust.”  The message that is seemingly delivered here perhaps addresses people’s striving to be better than they are, trying to escape all of the world’s negativity and evil.  That is of course just this critic’s interpretation.  It would be interesting to find out what exactly Patrick is saying with the words presented here.  That depth in the song’s lyrical content shows once more why Sleeping Lions’ lyrical content is so important to the album’s overall presentation.  It most certainly is not the last example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important.  The seemingly uplifting message in ‘Weapons,’ the hard-hitting commentary in the album’s title track and the contemplative reflection of ‘Angry Heart’ each present their own interesting thoughts.  Taking this into consideration along with the lyrical content not noted here, it should be clear why Sleeping Lions’ lyrical content is just as important to its overall presentation as its musical arrangements.  That collective content is not the last of the album’s most important elements.  Its overall sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

Sleeping Lions’ sequencing is just as important to discuss in analyzing the album as its musical and lyrical content because it of the time and thought that was clearly put into this part of the record’s presentation.  The album opens with full, fiery energy in its first two songs before presenting a slightly more reserved arrangement in ‘Suffer’ that still boasts its own energy.  The album’s energy and mood are relatively well-balanced from start to end.  For the most part, the album’s energy is maintained throughout the record even as the songs’ moods change from one work to the next.  Even as the album reaches its finale, the energy barely lets up.  The song’s verses are quite reserved, but the choruses are just as powerful as any of the album’s other compositions.  Considering this, it becomes clear why the album’s sequencing so easily ensures its listeners’ maintained engagement throughout the record.  Its energy never goes too far one way or another at any point throughout.  Rather it is just right from start to finish.  Keeping that in mind, it should be obvious by now why the album’s sequencing is just as important to its presentation as its musical arrangements and lyrical content.  The whole of those three elements together makes Sleeping Lions a work that continues Otherwise’s previous successes and is, again, deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums.

Otherwise’s latest full-length studio album Sleeping Lions continues the success of the band’s previous efforts in so many ways.  From musical arrangements that clearly show the band’s influences and reach to lyrical content that is just as varied to sequencing that maintains the album’s energy from one end to the other, there is plenty to the positive to say about this new effort from Otherwise; so much so that it makes its deserving of a spot in any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums.  It will be released Sept. 22 in stores and online and will be available at the band’s upcoming live fall dates with Red, 10 Years and Pop Evil.  More information on Sleeping Lions is available online with all of the band’s latest tour updates, news and more at:

 

 

 

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10 Years Announces Dates For ‘Triggers And Tripwires Tour”

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Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing

Veteran hard rock band 10 Years announced today that it will hit the road this summer.

The band announced that it will embark on the “Triggers and Tripwires” tour this spring beginning May 27th. Starset, Islander, and Skytown Riot will join the band on the 21-date tour. The tour is in support of the band’s upcoming sixth full length studio effort From Birth To Burial, which will be released next Tuesday, April 21st via the band’s own label Palehorse Records. Palehorse Records is an imprint label distributed by Megaforce Records. 10 Years’ front man Jesse Hasek recently shared his thoughts with the media on getting back on the road again saying, “We’re stoked to hit the road on the “Triggers & Tripwires” tour representing our new album. Since our new album drops April 21st it’ll be cool to tour after its release so people will be more familiar with the songs and can sing/scream along.” He went on to express his happiness at touring alongside Starset, Islander, and Skytown Riot, saying, “We’re also very happy to share the stage with Starset, Islander, and Skytown Riot which I am personally fans of all these bands. It will be a great show start to finish!” Breaking Benjamin will also join 10 Years on a pair of dates on the upcoming tour.

Before 10 Years launches the “Triggers and Tripwires Tour,” it will perform a handful of warmup dates to get ready. The band’s warmup schedule kicks off this Friday, April 17th and runs through Sunday, April 26th. That schedule includes a pair of dates in Charlotte, North Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina next Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th respectively. Hellyeah will join 10 Years on the opening date of the band’s warmup schedule. Seether will join 10 Years at both of its North Carolina dates.  10 Years’ complete tour schedule is listed below:

10 Years Select Tour Dates

4/17 – El Paso, TX @ Socorro Entertainment Center*

4/18 – Woodstock, VA @ Shenandoah Fairgrounds (Rockin The Valley Festival)

4/23 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five – ###

4/24 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore **

4/25 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz**
4/26 – Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s – ###

“Triggers & Tripwires” Tour w/Starset, Islander and Skytown Riot

5/27 – Lafayette, LA @ Nite Town – ##

5/28 – Denton, TX @ Rockin Rodeo –  ##

5/29 – Laredo, TX @ Laredo Energy Center***

5/30 – San Antonio, TX @ 210 Kapones Ballroom***

5/31 – Odessa, TX @ Club Patron – #

6/2 – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck – #

6/4 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory – #

6/5 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

6/6 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

6/7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

6/9 – Idaho Falls, ID @ Peppertree

6/10 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater

6/12 – Joplin, MO @ Venue 3405

6/13 – Macomb, IL @ The Outskirts

6/14 – South Bend, IN @ St. Joseph County Fairgrounds (Big Growl 4 Fest)

6/16 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

6/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

6/19 – NYC @ Gramercy Theatre

6/21 – Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub

6/23 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas

7/18 – Nelson, IL @ Who Else Land (Who Else Land Festival)

* – w/Hellyeah
** – w/Seether
*** – w/Breaking Benjamin
### – Headlining w/Luminoth
## – No Starset and Islander
# – No Starset

Tickets for the “Triggers and Tripwires Tour” are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://10years.shop.ticketstoday.com/calendar.aspx. All of the latest updates on the tour are available online now along with all of the latest news on 10 Years’ new album and all of the latest news from the band itself at:

Website: http://www.10yearsmusic.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/10years

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10 Years Announces Tour In Support Of New Album

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Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing

Hard Rock band 10 Years will debut its latest full-length studio recording this spring. The album, From Birth To Burial, is the band’s sixth full-length studio effort . The band released its debut album Into The Half Moon in 2001. In anticipation of the upcoming album the band announced this week that it will hit the road in support of its new record beginning Tuesday, February 10th on the “From Birth To Burial Tour” presented by Revolver Magazine.

The “From Birth To Burial” tour kicks off Tuesday, February 10th in Sauget, IL and runs for a total of five weeks. It winds down March 21st in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Las Vegas, Nevada’s Otherwise has been tapped as one of the supporting acts for the tour along with Glorious Sons and 10 Years’ fellow Knoxville, TN-based band Luminoth. Otherwise’s addition to the tour is part of the band’s continued push in support of its latest release Peace At All Costs. Peace At All Costs was released last year via Century Media’s “sister” label Another Century. The complete schedule for the “From Birth To Burial” tour is listed below.

THE FROM BIRTH TO BURIAL TOUR PRESENTED BY REVOLVER MAGAZINE feat. 10 YEARS, OTHERWISE, THE GLORIOUS SONS, & LUMINOTH

FEBRUARY

10 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub

11 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium

13 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre

14 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

15 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

17 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge

18 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl

19 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

20 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

22 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Ballroom

24 Abilene, TX – The Silo

25 San Antonio, TX – 210 Kapones Live

26 Dallas, TX – Trees

27 Houston, TX – Scout Bar

28 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre

MARCH

02 Destin, FL – Club LA

03 Birmingham, AL – Iron Horse

04 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

06 Louisville, KY – Expo Five

07 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (10 Years Fan Summit)

08 Newport, KY – Thompson House

10 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

11 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

13 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

14 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

15 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop

17 Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory

18 Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar

19 Spring Lake Park, MN – POVS

20 Ringle, WI – Q  and Z Expo Center

21 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center

All of the latest updates from 10 Years on its upcoming album and tour is available online at:

Website: http://www.10yearsmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/10yearsmusic

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/10years

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10 Years prep new album, tour

Tennessee based rock band 10 Years is prepping its new release, “Minus The Machine.”  The album is currently slated to hit stores July 31st via Palehorse Records/ILG (WMG).  In celebration, the band has released the first single off the album, ‘Backlash’, online.  The single won’t start playing on radio until June 19th.  Fans can check it out now before it hits radio at http://www.monsterenergy.com/us/en/bands/10-years:tracks/

This album is the first for the band on its own independent label, Palehorse Records.  Frontman Jesse Hasek explained the band’s decision to release the album independently, saying, “We wanted to create an album that has no boundaries.”  He went on to say, “When you feel like you’re being told to go through motions and jump through hoops, it takes the heart out of it. It’s better to do what comes naturally and then figure out the after-effect.”

Along with the early debut of the album’s new single, 10 Years will be heading out on tour this Summer in support of the new album.  The tour kicks off June 27th in Jefferson, Louisiana.  The band will be joined by Fair to Midland and Kyng on most of its dates.  It will also be joining a number of other top acts when it performs at this year’s annual Rockfest festival.  Among the band’s expected to perform this year are:  Godsmack, Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch, and Hollywood Undead.

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