Megadeth Partners With Century Media For ‘Killing Is My Business…’ Re-Issue

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Megadeth is going back in time…sort of.

The band announced Friday that it will re-issue its 1985 debut album Killing is My Business…and Business Is Good! this summer.  The album is scheduled to be released June 8 via Century Media.

Killing Is My Business…and Business Is GoodThe Final Kill is just the latest re-issue for the album.  It was most recently re-issued in 2015 via Sony/Legacy.  This new re-issue Remixed by veteran mixer Mark Lewis (Trivium, Death Angel, Devildriver, Whiechapel) and remastered by Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Hatebreed, Machine Head), includes previously unheard bits and pieces throughout (E.g. a previously unheard drum drum performance found during the mixing sessions).  It also features the original album in its entirety coupled with seven live performances transferred to CD from VHS tapes found in Megadeth frontman and founder Dave Mustaine’s attic.

The extra live tracks are not this re-issue’s only bonuses.  It also includes the band’s 1984 3-track demo as part of its body alongside a previously removed cover of Lee Hazelwood’s ‘These Boots’ and new cover art for the album.  The re-issue’s full track listing is noted below.

“Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good – The Final Kill”
1. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (Remastered)
2. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! (Remastered)
3. The Skull Beneath the Skin (Remastered)
4. Rattlehead (Remastered)
5. Chosen Ones (Remastered)
6. Looking Down the Cross (Remastered)
7. Mechanix (Remastered)
8. These Boots (Remastered)
9. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (live) (1987 London, UK)
10. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
11. The Skull Beneath the Skin (live) (1990 London, UK)
12. Rattlehead (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)
13. Chosen Ones (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
14. Looking Down the Cross (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
15. Mechanix (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
16. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (demo) (Remastered)
17. The Skull Beneath the Skin (demo) (Remastered)
18. Mechanix (demo) (Remastered)

In looking at all that this re-issue offers, Mustaine was excited.

“I am just as much amazed at the music we made as I am at the pure fact that we survived at all!,” Mustaine said.

Killing is My Business…and Business Is Good!The Final Kill are open now.  It will be available in stores and online in North American on CD and in four different vinyl pressings.  Details on those releases are noted below.

North America:
CD Digipak (In stores & Online)
Gatefold Red 2LP – Limited to 1500 copies (In stores & Online)
Gatefold Black 2LP (In stores & Online)
Gatefold White 2LP –  Limited to 500 copies (FYE Exclusive)
Gatefold Silver 2LP – Limited to 500 copies (Band Exclusive available on www.megadeth.com)

It will be available on CD and two separate vinyl pressings in Europe.  Information on those releases is noted below.

Europe:
CD Digipak
Gatefold Clear 2LP – Limited to 400 copies
Gatefold Black 2LP

It will be released June 6 in Japan via Sony Japan on BluSpecCD.

Copies can be reserved now at the links noted below.

Reserve your copy today!
Band Exclusive Silver 2LP & More Megadeth Merchandise available at:
Red or Black 2LP & CD Digipak available at Century Media’s US Store:
Clear 2LP & CD digipak:
Digital Pre-orders & Streaming:
Signed Limited Copies Red or Black 2LP & CD Digipak available at Pledge Music:
http://megadeth.pmstores.co

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Website: http://www.megadeth.com

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ESTK’s New Self-Titled LP Was Well Worth The Wait

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Eyes Set To Kill has finally returned. The band released its sixth full-length studio recording late last month. The band’s second album for Century Media Records, this 13-song, 41-minute self-titled record is a solid new effort from the veteran independent Phoenix, Arizona-based band. That is made evident right from its outset in the pummeling opener ‘Die Trying.’ This song, which is certain to be a fan favorite if it isn’t already so, is just one of the examples of what makes this record a welcome return for the band and will be discussed shortly. ‘Never Forget,’ which throws out the old adage of forgive and forget out the window, adds even more to the album’s staying power. ‘Voices,’ which shows the band’s ability to be heavy without being heavy,’ also benefits the album’s presentation. It is not the last of the album’s key additions of course. When it is set alongside the other noted songs and the rest of the album’s body, the whole of Eyes Set To Kill proves to be a return from ESTK that was worth the wait.

Eyes Set To Kill’s recently released self-titled album, its sixth overall and second for Century Media Records, is a welcome return for the band, considering that almost five years have passed since the release of the band’s fifth album, 2013’s Masks (its first for Century Media Records). That statement is supported right from this record’s outset in the form of the powerhouse fist pumping anthem ‘Die Trying.’ This song, with it’s blatantly nu-metal musical arrangement and self-confident lyrical theme, is a solid start for the album and the band in its return. Vocalist Alexia Rodriguez sings with full confidence here, “Everyday, these voices make me question myself/Should I be somebody else/My demons are awake in me/I won’t let the pressure take over me/Ready to make my own way or die trying/I’m gonna break through the chains/Ready to make my own way or die trying/Wipe the blood off my face/I keep my head in the game or die trying/I’m gonna put up a fight/Gonna risk my own life or die trying.” She goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Every day’s the same/I’m getting bored of this life/Of getting by.” She goes on to follow up that statement with a reprise of the previous chorus, adding even more punch to the proud defiance of those negative thoughts and emotions. That clarity and simplicity in the song’s lyrical content leaves no doubt as to said message. It is a message of hope and personal emotional and psychological strength. When this is coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, which no doubt will have listeners proudly pumping their fists proudly as they sing along, it makes the song in whole not just a strong start for the record, but an instant hit for fans and the band. It makes the song just one clear example of why ESTK was worth the near five-year wait. ‘Never Forget’ serves just as much to show why this record is a welcome return for Eyes Set To Kill.

‘Never Forget’ is a strong addition to ESTK in part to its musical arrangement. Again, audiences get here, a decidedly nu-metal style arrangement that is certain to appeal to fans of Halestorm, Lacuna Coil, Evanescence and other similar acts. It is just one part of what makes the song stand out. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as its musical arrangement. It is literally an unforgiving message being almost screamed at another person about past wrongdoings committed by said person. As Rodriguez songs here, “After all that you put me through/You’ve got what’s coming for you/What goes around comes right back again/So have a taste of your own medicine/What goes around comes right back again.Now that the table’s turned/You’ll get what you deserve/Try and take back your words/But I will never forget/Your bridges have been burned/Another lesson learned/Try and take back your words/But I will never forget.” She goes on to sing in the song’s second verse to admit she was “blind” to the events of the past in the past, but that she has grown since then and seen the reality of those situations as she reprises the song’s powerhouse chorus, reminding that subject that “what goes around comes right back again.” Some might argue against such a statement, but let’s be honest, who has never been in this subject’s shoes? This is someone who has been hurt in one way or another by someone else, and is finally seeing that person get what he or she deserved all along for said wrong doing. To that end, expressing such emotions here is truly cathartic in its ability to connect with listeners of any age and gender. Keeping this in mind, it becomes another strong addition to the album, showing even more why ESTK is a welcome return for the band and still not the last. ‘Voices’ also stands out on this record.

‘Voices’ stands out because it is so starkly different from ‘Never Forget,’ ‘Die Trying’ and so many of this record’s other offerings. Stylistically, its electronic, keyboard driven arrangement takes listeners into a deep, emotional place. There are no drums, guitars or other extraneous elements here. Rather, the drums and other elements are fully electronic. Those elements, coupled with Rodriguez’s pained vocal delivery illustrate the mixed emotions felt by someone dealing with those “voices” previously discussed in the album’s opener. It is an interesting counterpoint to that song as it shows perhaps the early stages of dealing with those voices. Considering this, its placement as the album’s penultimate track makes it even more powerful in that musical and lyrical presentation. When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s offerings, the whole of the album proves to be a record that while maybe not the band’s best work to date, still a record that is a welcome return that was worth the wait.

Eyes Set To Kill’s new self-titled full-length studio album is a work that proves over the course of its 13-song, 41-minute run time to be a work that was worth the nearly five-year wait. That is because it shows stylistic and conceptual changes in the band’s content from its previous efforts; changes that are welcome by and large. That is exhibited in the songs noted here and those not directly discussed. Considering those changes, the album in whole proves to be an album that while maybe not the band’s best, is still a strong return for the band, and in turn one that was worth the wait. It is available now in stores and online. More information on ESTK is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Century Media Announces Release Date, Specs For Nevermore Box Set, Re-Issues

 

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This Friday, March 9, is going to be a big day for fans of Nevermore.

Century Media Records on Friday will release a new Nevermore retrospective box set NevermoreThe Complete Collection.  The 12-disc box set will include all of the band’s full-length studio recordings, its Year of the Voyager live recording and a disc of rarities.

Only 2,000 copies of the box set will be available.  Each box set will come complete with numbered collector’s plate, 80-page booklet with lyrics, liner notes, and pictures as well as poster flag featuring the band’s lineup from its 2005 album This Godless Endeavor.  Nevermore guitarist and drummer Jeff Loomis and Van Williams started working on this new project in 2017.  Williams created the box set’s art.

The box set’s full track listing is noted below.

NEVERMORE “The Complete Collection” Track Listing 
Disc 1Nevermore (1995)
1. What Tomorrow Knows
2. C.B.F.
3. The Sanity Assassin
4. Garden Of Gray
5. Sea Of Possibilities
6. The Hurting Words
7. Timothy Leary
8. Godmoney
– Bonus tracks –
9. The System’s Failing
10. The Dreaming Mind (Demo 1992)
11. World Unborn (Demo 1992)
12. Chances Three (Demo 1992)
13. Utopia (Demo 1992)

Disc 2In Memory (1996)
1. Optimist Or Pessimist
2. Matricide
3. In Memory
4. Silent Hedges/Double Dare (Bauhaus cover)
5. The Sorrowed Man
– Bonus tracks –
6. The Tiananmen Man (Demo 1996)
7. The Seven Tongues of God (Demo 1996)
8. Passenger (Demo 1996)
9. This Sacrament (Demo 1996)
10. 42147 (Instrumental Demo 1996)

Disc 3The Politics Of Ecstasy (1996)
1. The Seven Tongues Of God
2. This Sacrament
3. Next In Line
4. Passenger
5. The Politics Of Ecstasy
6. Lost
7. The Tiananmen Man
8. Precognition
9. 42147
10. The Learning

Disc 4Dreaming Neon Black (1999)
1. Ophidian
2. Beyond Within
3. The Death of Passion
4. I Am the Dog
5. Dreaming Neon Black
6. Deconstruction
7. The Fault of the Flesh
8. The Lotus Eaters
9. Poison Godmachine
10. All Play Dead
11. Cenotaph
12. No More Will
13. Forever

Disc 5Dead Heart In A Dead World (2000)
1. Narcosynthesis
2. We Disintegrate
3. Inside Four Walls
4. Evolution 169
5. The River Dragon Has Come
6. The Heart Collector
7. Engines Of Hate
8. The Sound Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
9. Insignificant
10. Believe In Nothing
11. Dead Heart In A Dead World

Disc 6Enemies Of Reality – Original Mix (2003)
1. Enemies Of Reality
2. Ambivalent
3. Never Purify
4. Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
5. I, Voyager
6. Create The Infinite
7. Who Decides
8. Noumenon
9. Seed Awakening

Disc 7Enemies Of Reality – Remix & Remastered (2005)
1. Enemies Of Reality
2. Ambivalent
3. Never Purify
4. Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
5. I, Voyager
6. Create The Infinite
7. Who Decides
8. Noumenon
9. Seed Awakening

Disc 8This Godless Endeavor (2005)
1. Born
2. Final Product
3. My Acid Words
4. Bittersweet Feast
5. Sentient 6
6. Medicated Nation
7. The Holocaust Of Thought
8. Sell My Heart For Stones
9. The Psalm Of Lydia
10. A Future Uncertain
11. This Godless Endeavor

Disc 9The Year Of The Voyager (2008) live album – CD1
1. Final Product
2. My Acid Words
3. What Tomorrow Knows/Garden Of Gray
4. Next In Line
5. Enemies Of Reality
6. I, Voyager
7. The Politics Of Ecstasy
8. The River Dragon Has Come
9. I Am The Dog
10. Dreaming Neon Black

Disc 10The Year Of The Voyager (2008) live album – CD2
1. Matricide
2. Dead Heart In A Dead World
3. Inside Four Walls
4. The Learning
5. Sentient 6
6. Narcosynthesis
7. The Heart Collector
8. Born
9. This Godless Endeavor

Disc 11The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010)
1. The Termination Proclamation
2. Your Poison Throne
3. Moonrise (Through Mirrors of Death)
4. And The Maiden Spoke
5. Emptiness Unobstructed
6. The Blue Marble and the New Soul
7. Without Morals
8. The Day You Built the Wall
9. She Comes in Colors
10. The Obsidian Conspiracy

Disc 12Rarities & Demos
1. Temptation (The Tea Party cover)
2. The Purist’s Drug
3. Crystal Ship (The Doors cover)
Recorded during the “The Obsidian Conspiracy” sessions
4. All The Cowards Hide
Recorded during the “Dreaming Neon Black” sessions
5. Chances Three
Recorded during the “Dead Heart In A Dead World” sessions
6. Love Bites (Judas Priest cover)
Recorded during the “The Politics Of Ecstasy” sessions
7. Termination Proclamation (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
8. Your Poison Throne (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
9. Emptiness Unobstructed (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
10. The Obsidian Conspiracy (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
Recorded on May 18th, 2010 at the O2 Academy in London, UK
11. Dead Heart In A Dead World (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
12. We Disintegrate (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
13. Insignificant (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
14. Engines Of Hate (Instrumental Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
15. Acoustic Instrumental (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased

An unboxing video is streaming here now.  EU fans can order the box set online here.

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Along with the upcoming release of its new box set, Century Media is also planning to re-issue two of Nevermore’s classic albums — Enemies of Reality and This Godless Endeavor this spring and summer.  Enemies of Reality is scheduled to be re-issued for the first time ever May 11 on separate black and limited-edition colored gatefold 2LP+CD combo pack.  It will come with a poster.

 

 

This Godless Endeavor is scheduled to be re-issued June 15, and will also be available on separate black and limited-edition colored gatefold 2LP+CD combo pack complete with poster.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanctuary Joins Kill Ritual For Iced Earth’s Latest Tour

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Veteran metal outfit Sanctuary hit the road this week for a new string of live dates with label mates Iced Earth, and with the tour’s launch, the band also announced another new addition to its lineup.

The band has brought Joey Concepcion (Armageddon, The Absence) to handle guitar duties for the tour.  Most recently, the band tapped vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall) to take the place of Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary), who sadly died from a heart attack late last December in Sao Paulo, Brazil while recording his then most recent solo album.

Concepcion said in an interview ahead of the tour’s launch, that he was looking forward to joining Sanctuary for its new tour.

“I’m very stoked to be playing with Sanctuary on their upcoming tour,” Concepcion said.  “I’ve been a fan since I was in high school, listening to ‘Into The Mirror Black.’  I’m looking forward to playing these songs live and honoring the legacy of Warrel Dane.”

The current schedule for Sanctuary’s tour with Iced Earth is noted below.

A full list of dates can be found as follows:
2/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
# with Iced Earth & Kill Ritual

Tickets are available online here.

More information on Sanctuary’s new tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.enterthesanctuary.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/sanctuarymetal

 

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Iced Earth Unveils ‘Black Flag’ Video

Iced Earth has hit the high seas…sort of…for its latest video.

The band unveiled this week, the video for its latest single, ‘Black Flag,’ which is taken from its latest full-length studio recording Incorruptible. The video places the band in the middle of a high seas battle between English forces and pirates complete with swords and guns. Viewer discretion is advised as some of the violence is explicit, including the video’s final scene, which ironically takes a page from the hit 1995 blockbuster movie Se7en.

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While some of the video’s scenes were clearly shot on sound stages, the high seas battles were set against a CG backdrop. Audiences will soon get to hear ‘Black Flag’ and other songs from the band’s latest release live when the band launches the next leg of its tour in support of the album. That leg is currently set to launch Jan. 9 in Saarbrucken, Germany and run through March 29 in Chicago, Illinois.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

                                                       ICED EARTH Live:

1/9   Saarbrucken, DE – Garage &
1/10 Berlin, DE – Festsaal &
1/11 Hannover, DE – Capitol &
1/12 Geiselwind, DE – Musichall &
1/13 Leipzig, DE – Hause Auesee &
1/14 Osnabruck, DE – Hyde Park &
1/16 Hamburg, DE – Markthalle &
1/17 Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof &
1/18 Bochum, DE – Zeche &
1/19 Regendsburg, DE – Airport Obertraubling &
1/20 Memmingen, DE – Kaminwerk &
1/21 Pratteln, CH – Z 7 &
1/23 Thessaloniki, GR – Principal Club &
1/24  Athens, GR – Fuzz Club &

2/22 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe  #

2/23 CIncinnati, OH – Bogarts #
2/24 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
2/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
& with Freedom Call & Metaprism
# with Sanctuary & Kill Ritual

More information on Iced Earth’s upcoming live dates, its latest album and more is available online now at:

Website: http://www.icedearth.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth

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Through Fire Announces New Live Dates

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Through Fire is headed back out on the road.

The band recently announced it will embark on a new headlining tour beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28 in Ringle, WI.  The nearly three-week long tour, dubbed the “2017 Breakout Tour,” will see the band make its way through the Midwest and southwest through Dec. 16 in Omaha, NE. Dangerkids, Righteous Vendetta and American Sin will serve as support acts throughout the course of the tour.

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

Through Fire, which recently signed with Artist Group International management company, is touring on the strength of its two latest singles, ‘Breathe’ and ‘Where You Lie,’ both of which are included in the April 7, 2017 re-issue of the band’s 2016 album Breathe.  The schedule for the band’s upcoming tour, which is in support of that recent re-issue, is noted below.

2017 Breakout Tour Dates

Nov 28, Q and Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI

Nov-29 Route 20 Outhouse – Racine, WI

Nov-30, The Basement – Columbus, OH

Dec 01, The Limelight – Peoria, IL

Dec 02, The Outland – Springfield, MO

Dec 03, The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN

Dec 04, Capone’s – Johnson City, TN

Dec 05, Madison Live – Convington, KY

Dec 08, Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX

Dec 09, House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX

Dec 10, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX

Dec 12, Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO

Dec 13, The Forge – Joliet, IL

Dec 14, The Annex – Madison, WI

Dec 16, The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

More information on Through Fire’s upcoming live dates, its Breathe re-issue, latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ThroughFireMusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/throughthefiremusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tfiremusic

 

 

 

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‘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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