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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

THIS.... is rock music.

It's time to remove the "C" word from all discussions of Alter Bridge (Creed, for anyone who's not familiar with their past). This band consists of four guys, three of whom have seen one pinnacle of their career, and seem destined for a second one. They now have two solid albums of pure rock. It's cruncy rock, but very viable for those who don't tend to lean toward the harder side. They keep the passionate, soaring sound to the music, but they do it without being sappy. These are heavy but melodic tunes. There is no hip-hop/rock fusion here. There are no slow songs with violins in the background. Despite the fact that these are meaningful songs that were written with heart, there are no corny power ballads. Isn't that what rock music is supposed to be?! Guys that actually create their own music and play it well. And play it well they do. No one questions Mark Tremonti's credentials in the guitar world, and he more than lives up to that here. The tracks seem almost layered with thick guitar riffs, all scattered here and there, almost like salt for the music. They never interrupt, but there are definite moments in the song where you get used to hearing his input, usually in the form of a quick run down the fret board, and maybe a wammy bar thrown in for good measure. Myles Kennedy is one of the most underrated front men in rock music. The guy's got a flawless rock voice, hitting any note he decides to summon. His writing is definitely felt this time around, and he brings a passion to his music without thinking arrogantly thinking that he's some sort of rock "saviour". (I know, that was kind of a cheap shot at the past!) Brian Marshall brings a solid foundation with his bass playing. It's always clean, and maybe goes unnoticed by many listeners, but he provides a lot of what they are loving. That low end that you really feel more than hear comes compliments of an excellent bass guitarist. And finally, Scott Phillips. Here's a guy that I never knew could play like this. In the past, he's never had the proper freedom to let loose. His work on the first Alter Bridge album was a real eye-opener for me. Quick rhythms, great syncopations, and great work with that kick pedal. I absolutely love listening to him. Along with Marshall, he creates a powerful and precise rock rhythm section. Okay, so I cheated my own rule a little and mentioned a little bit of their past. It was only to establish that this is a different band, making different music, that deserves to stand alone and be judged. If I'm doing the judging, they are one of the most underrated rock bands out there.... but I have a feeling with the release of this album, that's all about to change.

one of the best

simply amazing, what else is there to be said. As good as the single was, it was probably one of the worst songs on the album. Not taking anything away from the single, the rest of the album is just THAT good! Highlights are Coming Home, One By One, and of course Blackbird itself.

Black Bird takes flight!!!!

this is my favorite album of the year, actually when i think about it....its the best ive ever seen come out. my personal favorites are Brand New Start and Buried Alive. every thing from this album is amazing. One Day Remains was a very up-beat and bright album. Black Bird is much heavier, and in a way, darker. 1.) Ties That Bind, is one of the heaviest on the album; AB is clearly saying f$@k you to thier former record label, Wind Up. 2.) Come to Life, is heavy and low. it almost has a tribal feel to it. 3.) Brand New can really feel them saying "we are starting over"....haha, but this album is really AB's first album that myles has truly had a hand in writing, and there was also no pressure from their label to produce the same music from Creed. 4.) Buried Alive, a beautiful track full of guitar and more guitar, i dont know why i like it but its my favorite. 5.) Coming Home, one of the darker songs. heavy guitar, and deep feeling. 6.) Before Tomorrow Comes, a mid tempo rocker. not much unique. 7.) Rise Today, another rocker, displays myles guitar playing. 8.) Blackbird, the title track. in one word....epic. thats all that can be said here. solos from myles and mark 9.) One by One, seems to be one for the troops. another deep song. 10.) Watch Over You, the lightest song on the album. very beautiful, almost sad. 11.) Break Me Down, lighter than you would think, right back to straight rock. 12.) White Knuckles, what a rush. the Metalingus of Black Bird, i love the last note w/ the squeal. 13.) Wayward one. another beautiful track, wonderful closer. poetic chorus, reminisint of classical passages, wonderful solo. 14.) all bonus tracks i have heard are good rock songs, great guitar work. alright just my 2 cents


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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