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EDITORS’ NOTES

After five albums in 15 years, Alter Bridge quickly exited nervy adolescence (remember “Metalingus”?) and has comfortably matured. Their sixth album Walk the Sky shows their updated priorities, from banging heads to moving hearts. Yes, the curling, snarling guitars that permeate “Native Son,” “Pay No Mind,” and “Wouldn’t You Rather” speak to their sharpened metal pedigree. But it’s singer Myles Kennedy and lead guitarist Mark Tremonti’s melodious thunderstorm that is both crushing and refreshing; songs like “Godspeed,” “Forever Falling,” and the album closer “Dying Light” firmly secure their place in the melodic hard rock universe.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

After five albums in 15 years, Alter Bridge quickly exited nervy adolescence (remember “Metalingus”?) and has comfortably matured. Their sixth album Walk the Sky shows their updated priorities, from banging heads to moving hearts. Yes, the curling, snarling guitars that permeate “Native Son,” “Pay No Mind,” and “Wouldn’t You Rather” speak to their sharpened metal pedigree. But it’s singer Myles Kennedy and lead guitarist Mark Tremonti’s melodious thunderstorm that is both crushing and refreshing; songs like “Godspeed,” “Forever Falling,” and the album closer “Dying Light” firmly secure their place in the melodic hard rock universe.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

YoungCash6555 ,

Wow, wow and wow again!

I am a more recent listener of Alter Bridge but quickly downloaded most of their catalog over the last few months. While I have enjoyed so much of what they have created to date, this latest release shows a depth of refined musical talent combined with matured lyrics which left me yearning to listen over and over. (Which I am happy to report only deepens my appreciation for this album).

Alter Bridge- I think you’re just starting to hit your stride. Well done, guys. Well done!

cdritsas ,

Amazingly Different

Along with their last album “The Last Hero”, this album is definitely a departure from their previous works, but in an amazing way. It’s clear that the band is evolving, and pushing towards a different sound and vibe sonically. The first few tracks are very smooth, with that classic high octane Alter Bridge snarl ripping out in later tracks. These guys are just getting better with age. Another incredible album from these legends. GET IT!!

vinbro9327 ,

my fav band is back...but with odd direction

AB has made themselves a staple in rock with Blackbird & AB III. Now I feel this fanbase has fallen apart, along with the band's drive. Watch their 2008 & 2011 performances vs their recent ones. Myles' and Mark's solo projects have taken much creativity and writing from the band. When I saw AB at MECU Pavillion this year, the venue was about 3/5ths full. Those 2/5ths were there to see Skillet who, although good, couldn't match AB on any level. In The Deep has one of the most beautiful verses I've heard, but was destroyed by the mediocre chorus. Dying Light was probably their truest song as far as their sound, and had AMAZING guitar solos. Pay No Mind's chorus was kickass. Godspeed isn't a bad song, and it's catchy. Take The Crown started off amazing with the intro, but then was slammed with an odd "you're going down". Forever Falling by Mark & Myles was so great, yet it's 11th out of 14 tracks as far as popularity. What is going on? It's great we have a band that's insanely talented who wants to change the sound up for the fans. But this isn't even AB anymore. They said for this album, they merged the demos they wrote while doing their own projects instead of writing together like before. Well, you get an insane amount of genius ideas, but it lacks drive & consistency.

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