Keeping their rock god status alive, Alter Bridge creates their heaviest and most intense album to date. The band has taken the non-traditional route and have become heavier and more progressive throughout their short but explosive existence. Maybe, been there done that, but many bands get softer and more commercial. Not these guys, all they want to do is rock hard and want you to rock with them.
“Addicted to Pain” is the first single form the album and man, does this song rattle your brain. The bass drops in the beginning help the band pound through their fastest fist pumping anthem. “Fortress” does not let up in the heavy department. “Cry of Achilles” is great progressive album-starter, leading into dark overtones. Chugging is the name of the game for Tremonti and company on "Bleed It Dry". It isn’t until we reach the fourth song “Lover,” where the band slows it down a bit. The showcase of Myles on this song, proves consistency and just plain superstar vocal ability.
There’s more musical elements on this record than before, especially with the drums and bass. Scott Phllips really steps up his game with different drumming styles and Brian Marshall proves he’s the backbone especially in “Calm The Fire.” We see a first from the band with "Waters Rising.” Tremonti takes the baritone vocal front of the verses and Myles comes in, lifting the choruses to the heavens. A cool element to the album as Tremonti has been trying out more and more vocals, but Myles is the lead and shows you why, throught the rest of the album. There are not many people that can do what he does in the scene right now. His mix of metal, 80’s, classic rock, and pure high octane performance delivers album after album.
A heavy melodic rocker “Farther Than The Sun” hints single status, think a “Rise Today” type, but a bit more aggressive. If you’re like me, then you always wait for that one signature Alter Bridge track, bringing us to “All Ends Well.” One of the only slower songs, "the ballad" if you will. Radio is written all over this one as i can see this song becoming a staple for the band. It has every aspect of what the band does and the soaring vocals from Kennedy can make a real dent in the mass market.
If you are a fan of the bands previous work, you will not be disappointed with this one. Alter Bridge does it again! Their ability is undeniable at this point and “Fortress” proves they are one of the best rock/metal acts of today’s generation and only moving forward.
Alter Bridge was formed in 2004 by Mark Tremonti (lead guitar, vocals), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums), all former members of Creed, with Myles Kennedy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), formerly of The Mayfield Four.