CD Review: Alter Bridge / AB III
The waiting is the hardest part. The third offering from Alter Bridge has finally been released in the United States, a month and some change after dropping in the U.K. on September 26th. Let it be stated, AB III is well worth it and then some.
Myles Kennedy (vocals, guitar), Mark Tremonti (guitar, vocals), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums) have delivered their best material yet, all fourteen tracks are masterpieces. They are dynamic, steeped in emotion and a guitar lover’s wet dream.
AB III begins with “Slip To The Void”, which starts out with creepy vocals. All of a sudden Tremonti unleashes his monster guitar riffs and turns it into a powerhouse of a song. Next up is the band’s first single “Isolation”. This one is a heavy-hitter in all aspects. It continues to climb the charts at a rapid pace and is becoming a fan favorite. “Ghost of Days Gone By” follows and spotlights the superb rhythm section of Marshall and Phillips. The fourth track “All Hope Is Gone” seems like it would be the perfect choice to sing around a bonfire with a bottle of rum. “Still Remains” is one of my personal favorites. Everything about it rules-the soaring vocals, the bass licks, the guitar solos and the pure energy. “Make It Right” is an upbeat tune that inspires hope and resolve.
“Wonderful Life” switches it up quite a bit. The story revolves around the loss of a companion. The song is filled with compassion and is epic. It belongs in a motion picture. “I Know It Hurts” picks up the pace again, while “Show Me A Sign” is dark and brooding. Initially, “Fallout” piqued my interest as Kennedy’s previous group, The Mayfield Four, had an album/song with the same moniker. This is rather different, but great nonetheless. “Breathe Again” is a ballad similar to “Rise Today” from Blackbird, but with intricate guitar solos throughout. “Coeur d’Alene” tells the familiar tale of being away from home and the longing to be there. “Life Must Go On ” is typical Alter Bridge, not saying that they are typical. The track is similar to one you would hear on One Day Remains. “Words Darker Than Their Wings” wraps everything up nicely.
AB III is quite possibly the best album of 2010. New listeners and long-time Alter Bridge fans will be pleased from start to finish. Look for Alter Bridge on tour in a city near you soon with openers Like A Storm.