The very definition of fortress is “any place of exceptional security.” In this, Alter Bridge stay true to the definition by sticking with their familiar hard rock sound throughout their long awaited fourth album, Fortress.
The first track, “Cry of Achilles,” starts with an almost Latin guitar progression before morphing into the heavy guitar riffs that Alter Bridge is known for. Fans of “Ties That Bind” and “Isolation” will appreciate the next track, “Addicted to Pain,” which is also the first single off the new album.
In the vocal department, Myles Kennedy is back with the voice that all us Alter Bridge fans have missed while he was performing with Slash (Guns n Roses), and his broad range is put on display in several songs, from the anthemic “Farther Than the Sun,” to the haunting melody found in “Lover.”
Mark Tremonti offers his signature guitar playing, which has been a key component in shaping the sound of Alter Bridge, seen in songs such as “Calm the Fire.” Similar to “Words Darker Than Their Wings” (from Alter Bridge’s previous release, AB III) as well as his latest solo album, All I Was, Mark’s smooth vocals in “Waters Rising” add to his versatility. This song, as well as “All Ends Well” are both worth a listen for those interested in the band’s softer side.
The album ends with a self titled track that perfectly encapsulates the darker vibe that is seen in Fortress. While much of this record seems like a continuation of AB III, both ballad and rock fans alike are sure to find something to suit their musical taste.
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