Album Review: Otherwise “Sleeping Lions”

Review by Crystal Lee
5/5 Dragons
{Pre-Order Info and Tour Dates at the bottom}

Otherwise are back and out of hibernation with their new album “Sleeping Lions” which is the bands third full-length studio release. Known for the rock ballads to powerhouse hard rock songs all amidst passionate lyrics perfectly mixed. Add in balanced guitars, bass and drums they do not disappoint once again.

To watch the band evolve has been amazing and so progressive since their self-titled release back in 2006 through to “True Love Never Dies” with the hit “Soldiers” then the next album “Peace at All Costs” with songs like “Darker Side of the Moon” and “Coming for the Throne”. All albums I admit are still on my playlist. Personally, the band’s music never gets overplayed for me, unlike many other bands which I take a break from.

The first track that caught my attention was “Bloodline Lullaby” which is in their signature ballad style. This song talks of love that is not easy at times yet so beautiful that you cannot live without it. Maybe that’s why I love their power ballads because they are so honest.

Another favorite was “Angry Heart” which is a workout playlist must! The song is a powerhouse song yet like Otherwise fashion keeps the fire in the lyrics along with the strong pure emotion.

Adrian Patrick (vocals) states about the song: “The initial spark for ‘Angry Heart’ took place on a cross-country flight from New York to L.A. I was watching UFC on the in-flight entertainment and the fighter, Cyborg, was giving an interview in which she basically said, ‘I am a pretty nice person outside of the ring. I don’t know why I fight with such an angry heart.’ Upon landing on the west-coast, I told my brother about what she said and the lyrics just flowed out of me, like a molten poem of rage. For whatever reason, be it how our father raised us to fight for what we believe in, we completely related to Cyborg’s statement.

“Personally, I’ve always felt like I was waging some kind of spiritual war, but I didn’t know why until my sons were born. Those two beautiful boys have utterly redefined the ‘good fight’ for me. Anger is a gift, if utilized properly, and we plan to somehow make the world a slightly better place by using that righteous fire for positive goals.”

Another favorite of mine was “Crocodile Tears” which is a very real song. We all have been there with dealing with the fake tears of a person, and to the point of we just don’t care. I think Otherwise just sings about it in a polite manner.

Overall the album is another 5 stars for me as they keep it real, full of rock, emotion, relatable and put their all into it to create fully playable album beginning to end and with a song for those moments and emotions drive our everyday lives be it love, regret or anger.

Other favorite tracks: Close To The Gods, Beautiful Monster, Blame, Sleeping Lions

Stream and pre-order ‘Sleeping Lions’ NOW!:

Official Website:

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



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