Label: Roadrunner Records
Alter Bridge releases their first concept album and the third in their discography. It's pretty hard to imagine how they will be able to outdo their 2007 masterpiece, Blackbird, but surprisingly, AB III manages to get on par and maybe even better than their sophomore studio effort.
- Slip To The Void
- Ghost of Days Gone By
- All Hope Is Gone
- Still Remains
- Make It Right
- Wonderful Life
- I Know It Hurts
- Show Me A Sign
- Breathe Again
- Coeur d'Alene
- Life Must Go On
- Words Darker Than Their Wings
In 2007, Blackbird was released and personally, it is one of my best albums in 2007. Sadly, Alter Bridge doesn't get much coverage from music media and the release of AB III was pretty much unknown to the general rock masses. However, anyone worth their alternative rock/metal salt, would know about the AB III's release and that Alter Bridge is back with bone crushing riffs and boner inducing ballads.
Considering that AB III is a concept album, it begins its story with a pretty awkward approach in "Slip Into The Void". Programmed bassline and Myles's vocals crooning over it for about a third of the track before the usual signature crunchy guitar riffs, velvety bassline and crashing drums fall in at the 1:30 mark that would plaster a smile on every head banging Alter Bridge fan.
Just when I was pretty confident about Filter's The Trouble With Angels bagging the best rock album for 2010 (check review here), AB III makes it a difficult decision to make with head banging tracks "Isolation", "Still Remains", "Coeur D'Alene" and "I Know It Hurts" and tones down the aggression in tracks "Wonderful Life", "All Hope Is Gone" and "Life Must Go On".
Mark Tremonti also seems to have discovered a newfound balance for his amazing guitar playing skills to match the music that accompanies it. Comparing to Blackbird, his solos don't really seem to be as long and elaborate, but when it comes forth, you'd better be ready to have your face melted.
|Brian Marshall, Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy, Scott Phillips|
AB III is not a bad album at all, in fact, it is pretty amazing and has me putting it on repeat since release date (similar to The Trouble With Angels) but comparing it to Blackbird makes it less of a masterpiece and 1 short of being perfectly sinful.
6 out of 7 sins