The Patrick brothers are back with Sleeping Lions, the third full length album from their hard rock band, Otherwise. The band gained much popularity in 2012 on mainstream rock radio with such singles as “Die for You” and “Soldiers.” The Las Vegas based rockers left their fans in wanting with a lengthy hiatus. Frontman, Adrian Patrick and guitarist, Ryan Patrick, create a dynamic pairing and are ready to roar back into your system, along with members, Tony Carboney (bass) and Brian Medeiros (drums).
Sleeping Lions is steeped in guitar-rich focal points that stand alongside Adrian’s expressive vocal stylings. The album kicks off with “Angry Heart” and fervently proclaims “embrace the monster I’m becoming.” Its the first track and you’re already standing face to face with what Otherwise is about, as artists. This revelation comes just before their title track. Remember what you’ve been told, “don’t wake sleeping lions” and immediately disregard and be glad to have witnessed their awakening.
I awoke the other morning and found myself mumbling the lyrics to “Suffer” while still half asleep. “Nothing More” is a moment of surprise with an orchestral influenced bridge, delivering a driven and well executed track. Despite my morning mumbling, its “Crocodile Tears” and “Beautiful Monster,” I’ll keep on repeat long after my article publishes. Otherwise takes a cheeky approach with their tune “Crocodile Tears,” a welcomed bravado. “Beautiful Monster” experiments with synthetic elements and perhaps references the same temptress from the previous track “Dead in the Air.”
You’ll connect with the emotion behind the stripped down track “Blame,” and find yourself singing along before the end, even if its just the “Oh’s.” “Bloodline Lullaby,” a sweet family tribute indeed, and a bonus track for your listening pleasure. As if I wasn’t impressed enough by guitarist Ryan Patrick throughout Sleeping Lions, his non-profit foundation sent me soaring. Life By Music is dedicated to helping at-risk youth gain access to instruments. Sleeping Lions is set to release through Century Media, September 22nd. Otherwise should feel right at home with a killer line up as support for Pop Evil’s, Monster We Made show in October. Keep up with the band well into 2018 as they are set to perform with this year’s ShipRocked lineup.