Rating:
5.4
Otherwise - True Love Never Dies
8 May 2012


01. I
02. Die For You
03. Lighthouse
04. Scream Now
05. Don't Be Afraid
06. Vegas Girl
07. II
08. Silence Reigns
09. I Don't Apologize (1000 Pictures)
10. Crimson
11. Full Circle
12. Soldiers
13. III
14. Heaven


It's time for another "why the hell is this on a metal site?" moment, brought to you by Otherwise. True Love Never Dies - if that doesn't give a hint of what's in store, then chances you're the type of person who still uses child safety scissors as a grown adult. Or, you're like myself, and hoped prayed that the album title was conceived with some sense of irony. Too bad, here's some child-safety pop rock.

Now, the fact that Otherwise is a pop radio friendly jock-rock type of band isn't what makes it bad. Hell, take a look at Danko Jones; his stuff generally has a mass market appeal to it, and the music is still pretty ballin'. These guys actually do have some pretty solid riffs from time to time as well, a simple, driving rock sound. Top things off with some of those clean vocals from Rise Against, and things don't sound that bad. Granted, having Rise Against-esque vocals isn't exactly the bees-knees, either, but it can sound decent if used correctly.

Where everything goes wrong is this bands penchant for power ballads. Even when the riffs are at their finest, they still can't manage to save this sinking ship from going down in a mire of pandering, "epic" modern day power ballads. Not speaking in hyperbole here folks; basically every song follows that same template.

Let's pretend for a quick second, with a huge stretch of the imagination, that an entire album of this wallowing, glossed-over, factory-line hard rock was actually enjoyable. Is it really necessary? Even when this album is sitting in a place that doesn't suck, Otherwise still sounds like a band that could be replaced by dozens upon dozens of other generic acts out there without the world of music missing a beat.

All this adds up to a band that is undoubtedly going to see great success with their career. Sadly, I'm not joking.


 



Written on 11.05.2012 by
Doc Godin
Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.
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Troy Killjoy - 12.05.2012 at 01:45  
Cheers to their future chart-topping releases, then.
BoxCar Willy - 13.05.2012 at 06:02  
Nice review, it's a shame you have listen to this pos though.
Ornusashas - 14.05.2012 at 23:30  
I kinda liked it. Not metal imo, but still catchy.
Edmund Fogg - 15.05.2012 at 20:37  
Ooh Danko Jones, brings me to my tennage years...will pass on otherwise.
MetalHead74 - 16.05.2012 at 02:48  
If you're gonna do a review of this on a metal site, mind as well review the fucking Nickelback albums. WTF
WorpeX - 20.01.2013 at 05:06  
I enjoy Soldiers. Pretty good song. I hear it on Sirius XM's Octane from time to time. The other single sucks though and I haven't heard the other songs.

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