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Album Review

After the demise of Creed, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips, and Brian Marshall obviously had unfinished business and hired singer/songwriter Myles Kennedy, who quickly formed a writing partnership with Tremonti, and the new band Alter Bridge brought out their debut album One Day Remains in 2004. Three years later in October 2007, the second album, Blackbird, was released and with new man Kennedy fully integrated into the lineup, Creed fans weren't disappointed although the overall sound had changed and had become both heavier and more mature without the bickering of Scott Stapp hindering the band's music. Right from track one, "Ties That Bind," there was an aggressive vocal and thundering guitar riff that hardly relented throughout the entire album. Tremonti was freed to play lead guitar as Eddie Van Halen would have done, which is shown to good effect on the track "Come to Life," but the overall heavy thunder effect of the guitar throughout denied him more chances to show off this skill. There were the more mellow tracks, however, "Brand New Start," "Buried Alive," "Watch Over You," and "Wayward One" all begin as acoustic songs and show the softer side of Alter Bridge. It was on the title track with eight minutes of powerful emotions at work that the band really shone, the song alternating between a hard rock guitar riff-heavy number and an acoustic ballad about the loss of a loved one.

Customer Reviews

Unbelievable. Period.

This album is amazing. There's nothing else you can possibly say. I could go on about the intricate guitar work. I could muse over the soaring vocals. I could attempt to demonstrate the fact that the bass fills the songs out brilliantly, never missing a beat, and I could try to show you how much the drumming has improved. Words cannot describe. There is a reason why music is considered the universal language. Listen to it and judge for yourself. This album is the reason why Alter Bridge is, in my very, very, honest opinion the best rock band out there today. On this album they break the mold, pulling out metal-esque riffs; however, the melody is not only still there, it dominates. This is fourteen tracks of sheer brilliance. You want to rock out? Throw on White Knuckles or Come to Life and let your face be melted. You want to groove? Before Tomorrow Comes and Rise Today will have you tapping your foot and banging your head. You want to mellow out? Brand New Start and Watch Over You will bring you into pure serenity. And let's not get started on the title-track: a powerful, heart-wrenching story about a lost loved one that can barely be contained within its 8-minute running time, complete with two passionate guitar solos. Again, don't take my word for it. Try this album out. These men have created a masterpiece. Period.

Blackbird takes Alter Bridge to soaring new heights....

Dirty, rich and dreamy, Alter Bridge’s sophomore effort, Blackbird, is easily rock’s best album of the year. If Skynyrd met Metallica, this might be close to the result but Alter Bridge is so much more. Myles Kennedy’s vocals are soulful and potent and Tremonti’s guitars again impress; sweeping, melodic and powerful. Clearly musicianship is in this quartet’s list of assets from the rhythm section to the top but, they have proven themselves to be so much more; combining powerful storytelling with brilliant arrangements and melody that reminds one of a fine woven tapestry all of which are sorely missing from today’s rock acts. Although this writer believed their first release might be tough to top, Blackbird delivers in spades and more so with each new play. The single, “Rise Today” is rock solid and will invariably lead the listener to embrace “Buried Alive”, “Before Tomorrow Comes” and “Wayward One”. “Brand New Start” will surely see some airplay and the wistful “Watch Over You” paints a picture of stunning detail. A round of applause fellas…your best work yet! Now, please don’t leave us hanging for another 3 years…please?

Amazing!

Easily the best rock album of the year. Tremonti's guitar solos are worth the purchase alone. Buy this album, you'll regret it if you don't!

Biography

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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