I am going to be quite honest here and let you know that I am not a huge fan of Alter Bridge. In fact I was going to write a whole review on how I thought the album was a bit mediocre. But as I listened to the album more I started to really appreciate the melodic hooks and the quite enjoyable guitar lead, strong bass and the exceptional drumming.
For me their earlier albums was a mix bag with some songs like ‘Rise Today’ and ‘Broken Wings’ which I just feel are not their best work but they do have some gems like ‘addicted to pain’ which are more heavier . Gratefully Alter Bridge’s new album ‘The Last Hero’ keeps with the heavier metal rifts.
Their first official release ‘Show Me a Leader’ is a song that I had to listen more than a few times to really appreciate how much the band as a whole has evolved in their 12 years of making music. I am not normally a fan of very long intros but this intro really grew on me and I started to play air guitar without thinking (which gave me strange looks on the train). After listening many times to this particular track I can honestly say that this is one of my favourites on the album. As a whole the album has kept with a very metal feel coupled with very consistent vocals by Myles Kennedy who brings a very edgy melodic range to the album. The songs are mixed with some great guitar parts and some punchy bass which is always a plus in my books. There is even a song ‘Champion’ which is very reminiscent of Bon Jovi which is not a bad thing as I am sure it’s a huge crowd pleaser when played live. Cheesy as it may be, it is one of my favourites on the album and can’t help feel uplifted every time I listen to it.
Lead vocalist Myles Kennedy has probably one of the most recognisable voices in the industry and sometimes he can sound a little one note. I am not saying that this is bad because he is very good at what he does, but to me some songs that he sings lack a little variety, but the more I listen to the album the more I realised that he does have a good range of style especially in the songs ‘The Other Side’ and ‘Poison in your Veins’ which really shows that he can sing a little differently. I can’t fault their skills as musicians. Guitars are punchy and have some very enjoyable lead parts and the bass is just as deep and growling to compliment all the songs on the album. The drums further add that extra dimension to complete the bands overall sound.
Overall I did enjoy the album although it took me a fare while to get into it. I don’t think I have come across another band quite like Alter Bridge and it is very clear that they are seasoned musicians and performers who have amassed fans all over the world with their own style of music and songs. I would recommend but unless you are a huge fan I don’t think you would really appreciate their work.