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Album Review

Despite the band's membership being at their busiest, what with Mark Tremonti releasing a solo album, Myles Kennedy working with Slash, Scott Phillips breaking ground on a new supergroup, and Creed touring and working on new material, Fortress, the fourth album from Alter Bridge, finds the band returning to the scene with an album that feels anything but spread thin. Given the title, the album seems to bring forth the notion of the band being a kind of creative haven for its members, a hard rock sanctuary where they're able to just pick up and rock, no matter what they might be doing with themselves on the outside. Bringing back their fine mix of melody and drive, Alter Bridge create a style of hard rock that really soars, exploding upward thanks to the thrust provided by Tremonti's massive guitar work and Kennedy's high-flying vocals. While the album does have its quieter, more downtempo moments, Alter Bridge seem aware enough of them to always pull things back toward hard rock before they go full-on power ballad, giving the album a feeling of momentum that helps to keep it moving. Given how busy the bandmembers have been with other projects, it would've been easy for them to phone this one in. Instead, Fortress is a driving album that not only doesn't feel tired or stale, but is a monster of an album that makes a pretty solid case for being some of Alter Bridge's strongest and most dynamic work to date.

Customer Reviews

Addicted to Pain

Wow, I'm the first person to write a review!
Fortress has not yet been released, but Alter Bridge's new single 'Addicted to Pain' is a fast, exciting, energetic, powerful piece of work that many can't miss. Alter Bridge's past albums have had some nice- heavy rift piece works and then there's the soft songs, but Addicted To Pain is a whole new direction for Alter Bridge, and its looking like a good one :) I am sure the album 'Fortress' will be a masterpiece and have tracks just as good as Addicted to Pain.

Alter bridge Rocks!!

Thank god! They've got another album coming out.....they couldn't write enough songs if they tried! Awesome!


Another rocking album! Addicted to Pain sounds absolutely epic, I can't wait for the full album. Alter Bridge has always created music that's unique, and so emotive in every word sung and every note played. Keep up the good work!


Formed: January, 2004 in Orlando, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Alter Bridge resurrected the music-making portion of Creed. After that band's 2004 dissolution, guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips tapped ousted bassist Brian Marshall for the new project. Ex-Mayfield Four frontman Myles Kennedy was soon on board as well, and Alter Bridge made their Wind-Up debut in August 2004 with One Day Remains. Written largely by Tremonti, the record tried to lean more toward a hard rock/metal sound than the post-grunge grandstanding of his previous group. After...
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Fortress, Alter Bridge
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: 27 September 2013

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