14 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alter Bridge's fifth album is a blistering statement on a society filled with disillusionment and distrust, with Myles Kennedy’s soaring yelp and Mark Tremonti’s guitar heroics leading the band’s charge. Pummeling tracks like the demanding “Show Me a Leader” and “This Side of Fate” pair despairing lyrics with grand structures inspired by classic heavy metal; “My Champion” is hooky and hopeful, its uplifting message energized by a sing-along chorus. The Last Hero asks hard questions, and Alter Bridge’s top-notch skills and metal-edged compositions give them added urgency.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alter Bridge's fifth album is a blistering statement on a society filled with disillusionment and distrust, with Myles Kennedy’s soaring yelp and Mark Tremonti’s guitar heroics leading the band’s charge. Pummeling tracks like the demanding “Show Me a Leader” and “This Side of Fate” pair despairing lyrics with grand structures inspired by classic heavy metal; “My Champion” is hooky and hopeful, its uplifting message energized by a sing-along chorus. The Last Hero asks hard questions, and Alter Bridge’s top-notch skills and metal-edged compositions give them added urgency.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
378 Ratings
378 Ratings
ABV FAN ,

Alter Bridge ROCKS!!!!!

I love how these guys can pull off ANY SOUND THEY WANT!!! It lets us see the range of their artistic ability. Which is ENDLESS! Will ALWAYS pre-order every single album they release. It's nice to see that some bands still have actual content in their work. GREAT JOB GUYS!!!!

Boxfox67 ,

I don't like this direction

As a long time fan, I'm sad alter bridge is going with this new style of rock, i miss there old soulful style, where Myles really went everywhere with his voice, Burn it down, Brand new start, Find the real, now all there songs are fast,hard, and sound to similar. I'll always love alter bridge, but I'll stick to your first two CD's when you guys had soul and spirit

BoldAsLove1987 ,

The Last Heros of Hard Rock

In the past 12 years, Alter Bridge has gone through changes; from record labels to their business approach to selling records and touring, to side projects. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the dynamic songwriting and interplay from our beloved band who truly is one of the greats of rock music since the turn of the century.

One thing about many great bands and artists is that their sounds do change over time. If they didn’t try new things; didn’t change their sound, they wouldn’t be the renowned artist like we know them. Led Zeppelin went from writing (and covering) blues and folk music to psychedelic, hypnotic rock. Compare The Beatles Please Please Me to Abby Road, and the difference in sound is huge. Even Michael Jackson changed his sound several times in his solo career, from disco to R&B to new jack swing. In Alter Bridge’s case, we go from the anthem rock songs of One Day Remains to heavy progressive rock that they display in The Last Hero. And that is ok.

The Last Hero to me is an incredible testament for the band that they don’t want every new release to sound like the last one. That they want to push themselves with new ideas and styles. This album is chalk full different chord progressions, experimentation of songs structures, and implementing influences from romantic classical music and operatic rock. They delivered an album in which the sound and the story shines grander than any other Alter Bridge record to date.

There is a theme throughout this record that makes it one of the more compelling Alter Bridge records. It’s as if Myles Kennedy wrote this waiting for Superman. Waiting for someone to lift society and inspire us. It’s not in your face political ala Rage Against The Machine or Public Enemy. In fact, he takes the approach of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, a record that emphasizes instead of criticizes. Here, Myles understands the divisiveness and current state of our society, and touches on these emotions of frustration and unrest.

The lyrical content compliments the overall musical aesthetic of the album. It’s heavy, energetic, and at times, chaotic. This album is quite diverse, but don’t expect a mellow ballad like “Watch Over You” in this one. In fact, a song a like that would probably feel out of place in the tone set throughout the album. Despite the lack of a mellow ballad, you got songs like “You Will Be Remembered” and “My Champion” that fits in nicely as anthemic ballads that gives thanks. Songs like “Cradle To The Grave” display the romanticism of Chopin and Bellini. The bridge to “This Side of Fate” will make any fans of Queen and Muse smile ear to ear. The influence of the rock opera and glam sounds of these bands are definitely heard, from the music composition to the soaring vocals of Myles Kennedy.

This album is full of head bang worthy riffs. “Island of Fools” stands out to me as one of Alter Bridge’s finest to get you pumped. The build up in the first 30 seconds sets you up for an ally oop. That riff is just monstrous! The dual guitar interplay is phenomenal, backed up by the the thunder buddies, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips. I especially enjoyed Flip’s play on “The Writing On The Wall”, and Brian holds together that bridge in “The Other Side”, and absolutely brings in it “Poison In Your Veins.”

Mark Tremonti is the definitive lead hard rock guitarist of our time. Yes, he has his signature sound, but to be able to change up his chord progression and be effective is a testament of how talented the man is. We heard a little bit of this industrial progressive type of playing in “Calm The Fire” on Fortress, but I’ll even go back to Blackbird with “Coming Home,” specifically in the chorus. Songs like “Losing Patience” will give the fans in a concert such a jolt of energy, I love Mark’s sludgy riffs he dished in his solo band, and served us with that riffage with “The Other Side.” The vocal work on this record is the most dramatic, dynamic, and haunting that we ever heard Myles Kennedy perform, and it truly shows the range this man possesses. He just can perform any type of style exceptionally well. He channels his inner Freddie Mercury in a operatic tone in songs like “Cradle To The Grave”, “This Side of Fate” and “The Last Hero.” His vocals just absolutely soars.

The title track is one of the most satisfying endings to an album that I heard in awhile. "The Last Hero" might be a better ending to an album than "Fortress", which absolutely stunned me with that killer dual guitar solo. However, "The Last Hero" rounds up the album thematically, if not dramatically. In fact, Myles states this with “Tell me where are the heroes” in this incredible furious, head banging moment leading up to the first solo. The solos on this song are just constructed so well, and I’m sure they were tailored for the lyrics. The chorus might be my favorite off this record.

The Last Hero succeeds in many aspects. It does pay homage to their past work, but ultimately, owning to their evolution to be one of the dynamic bands today. It’s not a departure from the sounds of the past per se, because each album is a departure from the last. However, The Last Hero made sure of one thing; that the band won’t stop growing, won’t stop fighting, and won’t stop excelling.

About Alter Bridge

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 touring the world to support the album, the band decided to leave Wind-Up and sign with the Universal imprint Republic. In late 2007 the label released Blackbird, an album that featured more songwriting contributions from Kennedy. In 2009, the band took a break as Creed re-formed and went on tour, and Kennedy joined Slash's touring band, as well as working on a solo album. However, Alter Bridge were soon back together and their third album, AB III, was released in 2010, followed in 2012 by the concert recording Live at Wembley: European Tour 2011. After getting off tour, the band went back into the studio to record their fourth album, the critically acclaimed Fortress, a more thrash-influenced album that arrived in October of 2013. In 2016, the band released their much anticipated fifth studio long-player, The Last Hero, which included the single "Show Me a Leader." ~ Johnny Loftus

ORIGIN
Orlando, FL
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
January, 2004

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