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Alter Bridge – The Last Hero [2016]

Alternative metal leaders Alter Bridge return with their fifth album featuring their intense style of guitar driven hard rock and the dominating vocals of Myles Kennedy. Produced by long time collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette, The Last Hero is a well performed and solidly produced album that delivers a wall of sound that features lots of heavy riffs, a tight and solid rhythm section, and lots of interesting guitar solos.

The album’s themes revolve around the chaotic times we live in and the mass disillusionment of the direction we are taking. As a result, the feel of the album is darker than previous Alter Bridge albums and lacks any true ballads preferring to focus on the metal aspects of the band. Highlights include the excellent opener “Show Me A Leader” that sets the tone for an epic onslaught of guitars, the hook filled power ballad “My Champion” that begs to be replayed, the rocking yet melodic “Poison In Your Veins” that unleashes some great guitar parts, the second strong melodic power ballad “You Will Be Remebered”, and the massive closing track “The Last Hero” which ends the album on a somber note of despair.

Whilst Alter Bridge aren’t reinventing the wheel when it comes to their sound and style, The Last Hero delivers exactly what fans of this band would be expecting and delivers it with no loose ends. It is a long album that could have benefited from more finesse and a better use of dynamics within and between songs to help push it into the must listen category for alternative metal fans in general but it certainly won’t disappoint loyal fans of this high quality band. Looking forward to seeing the tour in Australia early next year where these songs can get the live treatment.

Band Members
Brian Marshall – Bass
Mark Tremonti – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Myles Kennedy – Vocals, Guitars
Scott Phillips – Drums

Tracks
01. Show Me A Leader
02. The Writing On The Wall
03. The Other Side
04. My Champion
05. Poison In Your Veins
06. Cradle To The Grave
07. Losing Patience
08. This Side Of Fate
09. You Will Be Remembered
10. Crows On A Wire
11. Twilight
12. Island Of Fools
13. The Last Hero

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