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(Roadrunner Records - 2013)
Alter Bridge delivering about all 3 years a new album which is quite okay as they tour extensively - and have other project. Fortress is their 4th studio album and it was recorded between late April and early July in their hometown Orlando, Florida.
And with Bleed It Dry they get even heavier! Heavy riffs and Miles Kennedy's hypnotic vocals will make you fall for this one right away! The awesome foursome uses breaks and tempi changes to keep the listeners attention. And they know how to surprise the listener. Next in line is Lover which starts with acoustic guitars and Kennedy's soft vocals, then becomes a bluesy rocker which gets a dark edge due to the vocals. Later they return to the opening theme just to storm off again. At The Uninvited they stick to their guns and I don't mean this in a negative way! But Peace Is Broken has a progish edge while being highly catchy. Slowly begins Calm The Fire and Miles Kennedy surprises the listener with falsetto vocals, but as the tune gets heavy he returns to his usual vocal style. For me this one is among the highlights of the album, even if there are no fillers. It would be a great pick for a video, coz it's powerful and enchanting.
Waters Rising sticks out, coz guitarist Mark Tremonti takes over the lead vocals, not such a big surprise as he did the singing on his solo album. The voices of the guitarists work well together at the chorus, I do hope that in future they share vocal duties more often.
Farther Than The Sun and Cry A River don't stick out, but are more than just average tunes! With All Ends Well they present a balladesque song where Kennedy can shine once more with his emotional vocals. The closer is the title track Fortress and it's the longest tune on this disc. It gives the band a lot of space to tell their story with twists and turns. Great lead guitar part in the mid-section, just before getting back to the basic theme - just to slow down a little later. In a way the title track gives a good idea about the album.
It's always worth waiting for another Alter Bridge album, coz somehow the guys manage to top every release. Well done!
(Roadrunner Records - 2010)
It's been 3 years since Alter Bridge released their second album Blackbird. Now their 3rd album is ready to hit the stores and again Michael Baskette took care of the production.
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