‘Sleeping Lions’ Is Another Successful Effort From Otherwise

Courtesy: Century Media Records

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:

 

 

 

Website: http://weareotherwise.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WeAreOtherwise

 

 

 

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Otherwise Joining Red, 10 Years For Fall Tour

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Otherwise is hitting the road.

The Las Vegas, NV-based hard rock outfit will embark on a North American tour in support of its forthcoming third album Sleeping Lions, which is currently set to be released Sept. 22 in stores and online.  Audiences can hear the album’s title track and lead single online now ahead of the album’s release here.

Otherwise’s tour begins Oct. 14 in Winchester, VA.  The band will join Red and 10 Years for the month-long tour, which also includes stops in Greensboro, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Kansasville, WI among other cities.  Front man Adrian Patrick said in a recent interview that the band is anticipating its run with Red and 10 Years.

“We are overflowing with good vibrations to be heading out on a strong, unique run in the states with 10 Years and Red as we support our new album, Sleeping Lions!” Patrick exclaimed.  “Not only are both bands incredibly artistic and spiritual, but we’ve toured with both groups to resounding success in the not-so-distant past; we thoroughly enjoyed our time with the guys in Red, and our homies in 10 Years are practically family.  To share the stage with all of them this Fall is spectacular news for us dirty Vegas boys!”

Before Otherwise joins Red and 10 Years for that tour, it will perform a handful of headlining dates beginning this Saturday, Aug. 19 in Uncasville, CT.  The band’s headlining dates run through Friday, Sept. 15 in the band’s home town.  Those dates and the band’s schedule with Red and 10 Years are noted below.

OTHERWISE – Upcoming Live Shows
Saturday, August 19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun (Wolf’s Den)
Sunday, August 20 – Carterville, IL @ Moonstock Festival
Saturday, September 2 – Madison, WI @ Taste of Madison
Friday, September 8 – Seal Beach, CA @ Affliction Studios
Friday, September 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Casino (Vinyl)
OTHERWISE – US Tour Dates w/Red & 10 Years

Saturday, October 14 – Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards *
Sunday, October 15 – Morgantown, WV @ Schmitt’s Saloon *
Tuesday, October 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Lounge
Wednesday, October 18 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Thursday, October 19 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Friday, October 20 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
Saturday, October 21 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
Monday, October 23 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
Wednesday, October 25 – Darlington, SC @ Carolina Nightclub & Grill
Thursday, October 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
Friday, October 27 – Destin, FL @ Club LA #
Saturday, October 28 – Cape Coral, FL @ Dixie Roadhouse **
Sunday, October 29 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues – Orlando
Tuesday, October 31 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
Thursday, November 2 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
Friday, November 3 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Saturday, November 4 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
Sunday, November 5 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Tuesday, November 7 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175 Sports Park
Wednesday, November 8 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
Friday, November 10 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Saturday, November 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre

* – 10 Years & Otherwise Only
** – w/Pop Evil & 10 Years (no Red)
# – w/Pop Evil, 10 Years & Red

More information on Otherwise’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://weareotherwise.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WeAreOtherwise

 

 

 

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Otherwise Announces Spring Tour Schedule With Nonpoint, Scare Don’t Fear

Courtesy:  Street Smart Marketing

Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing

Fans of the Las Vegas-based hard rock band Otherwise are going to get more chances to see the band live this spring.

The members of Otherwise announed this week that the band will continue its current tour into the spring. The band will join Scare Don’t Fear as a support act for veteran rock bad Nonpoint on its current tour. The new slate of tour dates are in support of Otherwise’s latest full-length studio effort Peace at All Costs (Century Media). Front man Adrian Patrick spoke on behalf of the band noting that it Nonpoint was one of the first bands to offer support to Otherwise, so it’s just fair to repay the favor. He expanded explaining that Nonpoint’s willingness to take chances and set itself apart from all of the mainstream acts out there, which is another reason that the members of Otherwise have always admired Nonpoint. “The Wise Guys are excited to go out on the road with Nonpoint for this new tour,” he said. “They were one of the first bands to support us and they’ve continued to find success for as long as they have by doing something unique in this Active Rock genre which we strive to set ourselves apart in as well. Add in the fact that they’re cool cats and we can’t wait to hang out!”

‘Coming for the Throne,’ the latest single from Peace at all Costs, is currently making waves at radio stations across the country. As Patrick explains, the song is self-explanatory. “Our latest single has been at radio for a few weeks now and has been doing very well; getting picked up by stations all over the country,” he said. “The message of the song is crystal clear: we are here to take the crown… the world needs to know that. And now with my son here in this life, it holds a deeper meaning in what I want to share with him. I want him to always believe in himself, just as my parents taught my brother & I to do.” The video for ‘Coming for the Throne’ can be viewed online now via YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu6MfEMVtdo&feature=youtu.be.

The dates for Otherwise’s dates with Scare Don’t Fear and Nonpoint are listed below:

OTHERWISE Dates on Nonpoint Tour

4/20: Fat Cat’s Music Lounge – Modesto, CA *

4/28: Hard Times – Hagerstown, MD

4/29: Schmitt’s Saloon – Morgantown, WV

5/1: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

5/3: Hard Times – Fredericksburg, VA

5/6: Rockpile West – Toronto, ON

5/7: Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

5.8: Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH

5/12: Bullshooters – Philadelphia, PA

5/13: The Broadberry – Richmond, VA

5/16: Music Factory – Battle Creek

5/18: Green Bay Distillery – Ashwaubenon, WI

5/19: Q & Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI

5/20: Spicoli’s Grill – Waterloo, IA

5/30: Rock Fest – Kansas City #

* – w/We Are Harlot (no Nonpoint)

# – Radio Festival (no Nonpoint)

All of the latest updates on Otherwise’s tour schedule are available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.weareotherwise.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/weareotherwise

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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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Like A Storm Brews Up A Storm With Its New Video

Courtesy:  Another Century/Century Media

Courtesy: Another Century/Century Media

The video for ‘Love The Way You Hate Me,’ the new single from Like A Storm, has officially topped the one million views mark on YouTube. The single is taken from the band’s debut record on Another Century/Century Media. The video is available online to view via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xhblqV1CI. The announcement comes just as the band—Chris Brooks (Lead vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, keyboards, programming), Matt Brooks (Vocals, lead guitar, keyboards/programming) and Kent Brooks (bass, vocals, keyboards/programming)—announced even more tour dates. The brothers will hit the road alongside Alter Bridge, Thousand Foot Krutch, and label mates Otherwise beginning today in Ringle, Wisconsin.

Front man Matt Brooks discussed the band’s excitement at the announcement of the band’s new video breaking the one million views mark in a statement released to the media. “We were absolutely blown away when our “Love the Way You Hate Me” video hit one million views!” he said. “For three brothers from New Zealand, it is just insane to think that a song we wrote, recorded and produced ourselves has had over a million hits from rock fans all over the world… especially when that song features a didgeridoo! We want to say a huge thank you to all our friends and fans who have made this incredible milestone possible.” He went on to discuss the band’s upcoming fall tour dates, saying “We can’t wait to rock with everyone on our upcoming tours with Alter Bridge, Drowning Pool, Otherwise and more!”

The band’s current list of tour dates is available below.

Like A Storm Tour Dates

w/ Otherwise

SEPTEMBER

18 Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo

19 Racine, WI – Rt 20

20 Green Bay, WI – The Watering Hole

21 Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory

22 South Bend, IN – Cheers Pub

24 Ft Wayne, IN – Piere’s

25 Morgantown, WV – Schmitt’s Saloon

26 Gardners, PA – Fall Jam 2014

27 Parkersburg, WV – West Virginia Polo

29 New York, NY – The Studio @Webster

30 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

OCTOBER
01 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom

w/Alter Bridge

05 Detroit, MI – Fillmore

09 Worchester, MA – The Palladium

10 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

12 Huntington, NJ – The Paramount

13 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall

w/Thousand Foot Krutch

16 Flint, MI – Machine Shop

17 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s

18 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection

w/Alter Bridge

25 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

26 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

w/ Drowning Pool. “Unlucky 13 Tour”

30 Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2

31 Fostoria, OH – The New Nest

NOVEMBER

01 Macomb, IL – The Outskirts

02 Sioux Falls, SD – The District

04 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

05 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

06 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater & Lounge

07 Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theater

08 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS

13 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

14 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

15 Missoula, MT – Stage 112

16 Billings, MT – Babcock Theater

18 Minot, ND – The ‘O’riginal Bar & Nightclub

19 Spring Lake Park, MN – POV’S

21 Racine, WI – Rt. 20

22 Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo Center

23 Joliet, IL – Mojoes

26 Joplin, MO – Rock 3405

More information on Like A Storm, its new album and all of the latest news from the band is available online at:

Website: http://www.likeastorm.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/likeastormofficial

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Peace At All Costs Is Well Worth The Cost

Courtesy:  Century Media Records/Another Century

Courtesy: Century Media Records/Another Century

Las Vegas, NV-based hard rock band Otherwise surprised a lot of people in 2012 when it released its Century Media Records debut album True Love Never Dies. The album was such a surprise among audiences because like label mate Girl On Fire, Fozzy, and Adrenaline Mob, the band’s more mainstream sound wasn’t exactly within the mold of the bands that have made Century Media one of the leading labels in hard rock and metal. That album was met with relatively positive reviews from audiences and critics alike. Now two years later, Century Media has responded to the success of that album by releasing the band’s new release (it’s second for the label and third overall) on its fledgling label Another Century. The new label is the sister label of sorts to Century Media. It serves to focus on the likes of Otherwise and its previously noted label mates. Audiences will agree in hearing Otherwise’s new album Peace at all Costs that the re-assignment of sorts to Century Media’s new label is quite the well-deserved vote of confidence in the band. Peace at all Costs takes the melodic hard rock sound established on the band’s Century Media debut and has built on that sound here, musically speaking. Lyrically, the band covers a range of topics, too. From personal relationships to overcoming one’s own personal demons, and points in between, the album’s lyrical content makes the album just as solid of a listen for fans new and old alike.

Otherwise covers a number of topics throughout the course of its new album. The most prominent topic covered across the album is that of personal relationships. Most of the album’s songs that center on personal relationships deal mainly in the issue of broken relationships as is evident in the album’s first full length song, the aptly titled ‘Love & War.’ The song is a full throttle fist pumper that will have audiences singing along from start to finish. The dual guitar attack from Ryan Patrick and Andrew Pugh set against Corky Gainsford’s drumming provides the song with so much of a punch. The song’s infectious chorus of “Love and war/It’s all the same to me/No use fighting/Lie some more/It’s all I ever need/So why you hiding/Love and war/It’s all the same to me presents a situation to which so many people can relate. The manner in which it was written is especially because it doesn’t necessarily specify if this is being sung from the standpoint of a man or woman. And the sarcasm in front man Adrian Patrick’s voice as he sings, “Lie to me/It’s all I ever need” is perfectly clear. It makes the chorus in whole all the more powerful of a statement. The talent of Patricks’ band mates not only in the song’s chorus but throughout makes the song in whole a solid re-introduction for the band’s older fans and an equally solid first impression for those that might be new to the band’s body of work.

Otherwise could not have possibly opened its new album in a better way than with the aggressive, seemingly relationship based song ‘Love & War.’ Rather than take the standard oh-woe-is-me approach to the issue of a troubled and/or broken relationship, the band takes the polar opposite approach to such a topic, making for a song that deserves consideration as another single to promote the record. The topic of relationships is not the only topic tackled on Peace at all Costs. The band also offers its listeners some music therapy of sorts in the pummeling ‘Wake Up (Coming for the Throne).’ Just as ‘Love & War’ could be used as a single, so could this song. It could be used as a single as both its musical and lyrical content will have audiences singing proudly along, horns high in the air. It comes across as a song promoting self-empowerment. [Adrian] Patrick sings in this song, “Hey kid/Who you fightin’/Fight yourself so you can stand united/With the voices that are screamin’ loud inside your head/Hey kid/Get it together/Every second doesn’t last forever/You could be the president/Or you could end up dead/Take control of the monster inside of you/Focus the rage/All the answers are right there in front of you/Just turn the page/Wake up/When you’re burning inside/And everybody’s gone and lost their faith in you/Wake up/You’d better open your eyes/Look around/’Cause there’s so much love to lose/Heavy is the heart of the one who walks alone/Let ‘em know that you’re comin’ for the throne!” The song’s second verse carries just as much power and is just as infectious. It goes without saying that this song is one of the best additions to this album. Sure, Patrick sings, “Hey, kid” in the song’s versus, seemingly singing to younger listeners. It would make sense. But even older audiences can take something from this song as even adults struggle with feelings of self-loathing, depression, etc. So there is a value even to those audiences. Add in an infectious chorus and some really pummeling guitar riffs and audiences get in this song a work that is one of the highest of highs throughout the album.

‘Love & War’ and ‘Wake Up (Coming for the Throne)’ are both prime examples of what makes Peace at all Costs such an impressive new effort from Otherwise. One song tackles the standard relationship fare that is prevalent on so many records from so many genres. What sets the song apart from those other works is it doesn’t take the standard oh-woe-is-me approach to the topic. It takes that road less traveled. And the empowering, almost anthemic ‘Wake Up (Coming for the Throne)’ is certain to become a fan favorite thanks to its combination of hard rocking music and equally powerful lyrics. Both songs are sure to have audiences talking for both their musical and lyrical content both by themselves and as whole works. There is at least one more song among the album’s fourteen total tracks and forty-five-minute run time that will have audiences talking for a wholly different reason. That song comes late in the album in the form of ‘For The Fallen Ones.’ Patrick and his band mates sing in the song’s chorus, “Raise your glass/For the fallen ones,” leading listeners to think that perhaps the song is a tribute to America’s men and women in uniform. However, the song’s verses paint a somewhat different picture. Patrick sings in the song’s second verse, “Now nothing feels the same/Picking up the pieces/ Color in the secrets/And I don’t feel ashamed/Now that I am older/Another fallen soldier.” It’s tough to figure out if Patrick is using the soldier as a metaphor or if he is directly mentioning a soldier. A look at the song’s opening verse leaves one wondering scratching one’s head, but not in a bad way. Patrick sings in the song’s opening verse, “I don’t need to blame/The scent of my father/The scars of my mother/For the beast that I became/Now I shine the light on my sisters and my brothers/It’s all I needed/To feel alive/We’ll never have to say goodbye.” One could see how this song would be in reference to America’s military personnel. It could be argued that it’s sung from the vantage point of someone that joined the military and became a better person considering his or her past life in turn. It would be interesting to hear from the band itself the exact meaning behind the song. If it is in fact a tribute to the military personnel past and present that made the ultimate sacrifice, it wouldn’t be the first song from the band to have done so. That’s not a bad thing, either. Regardless, the very fact that it could generate so much discussion on its topic all while entertaining audiences with its musical side says plenty of why this is another guaranteed hit, regardless of whether or not it is used as a single. And it is one more example of why audiences will enjoy Peace at all Costs whether they are new to the band’s work or are more seasoned fans.

Peace at all Costs boasts a total of fourteen tracks. Interestingly enough, the album in whole comes in at less than an hour long. To be exact, its total run time (TRT for any media people out there) is roughly forty-five minutes. That’s a shocker to be honest. One would think fourteen tracks would equal out to a much longer run time. That aside, audiences that pick up this latest effort from Otherwise will agree that each of those tracks offers something that every listener will appreciate. The songs noted here are just a few examples of what makes the album work as well as it does. They are this critic’s own personal favorites from the whole thing. Audiences can pick up the album and pick out their own favorites now as the album was officially released yesterday in stores and online. It can be ordered via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/otherwise/id164633854 and via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Otherwise/e/B001LHTTN0. Audiences can also pick up Peace at all Costs at any of the band’s live shows as the band is currently touring in support of its new album. It is playing a trio of dates in Wisconsin this week today through Friday before making its way to Michigan Sunday and Indiana next Monday and Tuesday, September 22nd and 24th. Audiences can check out the band’s current tour schedule and keep up with all of the latest updates from the band online at

Website: http://www.weareotherwise.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/otherwiseofficial
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wearetherwise

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Otherwise Debuts Lead Single From Upcoming LP

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Otherwise has officially debuted its new single.

‘Darker Side of the Moon’ is the lead single from the Las Vegas, NV-based band’s upcoming album Peace at All Costs. The band debuted the new single online via RevolverMag.com. It is accompanied by a lyric video, which can be viewed online now at http://www.revolvermag.com/news/otherwise-premiere-new-song-darker-side-of-the-moon.html. The single is available now for download via iTunes and Amazon.

Front man Adrian Patrick explained the meaning behind the song in a recent interview, noting that it is part of a whole in Peace at All Costs that will end up having a positive effect on listeners. “Darker Side of the Moon is just the beginning of the journey that we plan to take with everyone,” he said. “The Moon is a heavenly body that we’ve come to cherish and worship throughout our meager lives… but there is another side to it that most of us know nothing about. We hope that our album PEACE AT ALL COSTS will help the world navigate the depths of its own darkness and break through into the Light on the other side.”

‘Darker Side of the Moon’ can be downloaded via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Darker-Side-Moon-Otherwise and via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/darker-side-of-the-moon-single/id892762321?ign-mpt=uo%3D4.

The band will hit the road in support of Peace at All Costs beginning July 17th in Madison, Wisconsin. Its most current tour schedule is listed below.

OTHERWISE TOUR DATES:

July 17 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center

Aug 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (w/Buckcherry)

Aug 23 – Central Point, OR – Lithia Motors Amphitheater

Sept 14 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival

Oct 4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival

 

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