Thursday, December 19, 2013

Alter Bridge - Fortress (2013 NN Promo)


"This new Alter Bridge album actually fared quite well on a metal site that is normally well-known for its rough reviews and I became a bit curious as to why it did so well. Alter Bridge is as you know, a sort of Creed spin-off, but with a guitarist who’s clearly not afraid to voice his metal opinion, such as with Blackbird’s opener “Ties That Bind” clearly reminding me of power thrash acts like Brainstorm. Yes, really. Have you actually heard it? There’s been such an unwarranted stigma about these guys that not a lot of metalheads have really gotten the chance to sit down and listen to these albums, but like most things, I gave it a shot and was actually impressed with some of the band’s past material. This leads us into the new album, Fortress. At first glance, I could tell that there were some meatier songs on the release as far as length was concerned and that was a good sign. It is widely known that pop tracks are usually around the three or four minute mark, because it makes it easier for the radio to play multiple tracks in one session. But when the album opened up with “Cry Of Achilles” and its multi-structured approach, and powerful chorus – I was certain that this was going to be a winner for me. This is a band that is truly trying to put as much metal as they can into the pop construct, which isn’t terrible – there are certainly some wonderful solos here and it’s an amazing effort like Creed’s earlier work..."

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