Despite having a successful career and two releases of their own under the belt, Alter Bridge have always had the shadow of Creed following them with countless unfair comparisons and many have written them off.
However, with the release of their third effort, the simply titled AB III, Alter Bridge have forged an album filled with so many different aspects ranging from radio friendly hook-filled singles to venomous thrashers that they will very likely shed those ominous comparisons.
The opener “Slip to the Void” with its dark and ominous groove indicates that this is no ordinary Alter Bridge album. The listener is in for a musical ride that twists and turns frequently. One minute you are treated with a helping of a heavy rock such as the insanely catchy “Isolation”, “Still Remains” and “I Know it Hurts”, which are showcases for some fancy fretwork from lead guitarist Mark Tremonti and frontman/guitarist Myles Kennedy. Then, when you least expect it, emotional pieces like “Ghosts of Days Gone By”, “Wonderful Life” and the tear-jerking yet uplifiting “Life Must Go On” come flowing out of the speakers, hitting right in that spot that invokes emotion.
But when they combine their heavier side with their mellow aspect, they flow into territory which is both familiar and positive. The hook-filled “Make It Right”, “Show Me A Sign” and “All Hope is Gone” all come from that musical melting pot. There are plenty of little signatures and nuances thrown around that proudly say “Yep, this is Alter Bridge”. The crown jewel of the album is the closer “Words Darker than Their Wings”, an epic little piece with little peaks and valleys that ties up everything perfectly. It has to heard to be fully understood.
From a musical standpoint, these guys can play and then some. The rhythm section of bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips is tight and right to the point. The aforementioned fretwork is all over the album but for every solo, there is a sweet acoustic guitar underpinning the mellower material and Tremonti has improved tenfold over the years. Sharing the spotlight is Kennedy. He has an amazing set of lungs and a range that most would be envious of. There is a reason Slash chose him to be his live vocalist. Basically, Myles’ performance screams “Scott who?”
Simply put, Alter Bridge have finally released the album that breaks them through the Creed-clouded glass ceiling that has lingered over their head for quite some years. Their time is now and they aren’t backing down without a fight – the old guard and today’s music scene better be prepared. AB III is the album equivalent of a fine wine – it only gets better with age. So if you labelled them a Creed clone, put aside your stubborn and close minded views and give AB III a try. You will not be disappointed.
1. Slip To The Void
3. Ghost Of Days Gone By
4. All Hope Is Gone
5. Still Remains
6. Make It Right
7. Wonderful Life
8. I Know It Hurts
9. Show Me A Sign
11. Breathe Again
12. Coeur D’Alene
13. Life Must Go On
14. Words Darker Than Their Wings