The swan song to the classic rock bands of the 1970s, Alter Bridge comprises three of four former members of Creed
. Mark Tremonti
spent some time practicing guitar
after Creed split up and once he was sure he could melt faces
, he called up
his former bandmates, found Myles Kennedy
, and formed one of the rockinest
rock bands this side of the pond.
AB dropped One Day Remains
in 2004. The album was largely recognized as a definite improvement
over Creed and very well received. AB spent the next few years trying to make the Creed
comparisons end. They finally did after they released their second album, Blackbird
, in 2007.
While they're popular in America, they're huge in Europe
and actually produced a live DVD in Amsterdam
, although it's possible they did this for other reasons
. By every account, the band is composed of some of the nicest guys
you could ever hope to meet.Discography:
- One Day Remains (2004)
- Blackbird (2007)
- AB III (2010)
- Fortress (2013)
Alter Bridge provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic: "Buried Alive"
- "Drank so much last night, I think that I drowned / But now my cup is empty..."note
- Alternative Metal/Post-Grunge: A bit of both. Though since Kennedy tends to sound like 1/8 Yarling, 1/8 R&B, 1/8 blues and 5/8 Chris Cornell-belting, his singing could be called more true Grunge than Post-Grunge. That or a new style entirely...
- Ascended Extra: Myles was originally only brought in for Vocals on One Day Remains... On the next record, he and Mark have battling guitar-solos during Blackbird...
- Audience Participation Song: Pretty common.
- Badass Boast: Any given fight song, like "Metalingus" and "White Knuckles".
- The Band Minus the Face: Creed, minus Scott Stapp.
- Big Rock Ending: Not to mention the guitar duel before "Rise Today."
- Call-and-Response Song/Vocal Tag Team: The song "Words Darker Than Their Wings" has sections sung by Tremonti, passed off to Kennedy. It works out to a conversation between the two.
- Call to Adventure: "Make It Right" and "Rise Today"
- Concept Album: AB III, loosely.
- Contemplate Our Navels: All of AB III, but especially "Words Darker Than Their Wings", which was born from a philosophical discussion between Kennedy and Tremonti weighing their respective beliefs (or rather, Kennedy losing faith in his).
- Cover Version: Very common and often spontaneous. In Tremonti's words:
"Before Myles joined Alter Bridge, he sang in many, many cover bands to put himself through college, and he knows every song known to man. So I want you guys to scream out the names to songs you want to hear, and I guarantee this guy here knows it".
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to Creed, quite a bit.
- AB III, compared to their previous albums.
- Fortress is by far their heaviest album to date, featuring very few ballads and an absolute abundance of heavy riffs that wouldn't sound out of place on a metalcore album.
- A Day in the Limelight: Kennedy alone plays the solo in "Isolation", though Tremonti plays all the mini-solos scattered throughout the song.
- Likewise, Kennedy does the vocals on most of "Words Darker Than Their Wings", but the Pre-Chorus parts are sung by Tremonti. The roles are completely reversed on a single track on "Fortress", where Mark Tremonti handles the Vocals and Myles Kennedy handles the Lead Guitar!
- Despair Event Horizon: "All Hope Is Gone".
- Downer Ending: "Wonderful Life," maybe.
- Epic Rocking: "Blackbird" along with "Fortress" are just shy of 8 minutes.
- Grief Song: "In Loving Memory", written about the death of Tremonti's mother.
- Also Wonderful Life, which simultaneously celebrates and mourns the life of someone who's dying.
- Long Runner Lineup: Type 1, will all members having been constant since June 2004.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Watch Over You". Beautiful ballad that's generally performed acoustically... and the lyrics boil down to "I can't deal with your problems anymore; I'm outta here."
- "One By One" has an refrain styled like that of a triumphant power ballad, but the words are about soldiers being needlessly sent to die in battle.
- "I Know It Hurts" is a typical Tremonti-style Heavy song, but the lyrics are surprisingly comforting, despite the melody sounding quite dark.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Their radio friendly tunes are usually a 5 or 6, but their faster works like "Metalingus", "Ties That Bind" and certain guitar solos tread into a 7. The "hard" 7's (borderline 8's) have only gotten more common later into their discography.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Myles' voice is essentially hard rock wailing ala Robert Plant, grunge breathiness with a hint of soul. Mark's playing is basically proggy Alternative Speed Metal with just a bit of blues, Spanish guitar and southern twang making surprise appearances. The rhythm section can have some progressive tendencies as well.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Metalingus", "White Knuckles" and "Words Darker Than Their Wings".
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Myles' voice is overdubbed quite a bit (including much echo).
- Spiritual Successor: They've been called "The young Led Zeppelin" while Blackbird has been described as "The next Stairway."
- If only "Blackbird" the song got actual radio play while the album was being promoted.
- Step Up to the Mic: Tremonti sometimes does this live, and did this on the track "Waters Rising" on Fortress.
- Title Track: On One Day Remains, Blackbird and Fortress.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Myles Kennedy: excellent guitarist; incredible vocal range; incapable of whistling.