Alter Bridge, Fortress, 2013

Alter Bridge - FortressOh yes, listening to this CD has really made my day. The 3 quarters of Creed with vocalist Myles Kennedy added, have again delivered a blistering set of hard rocking metal songs. Even when this fourth album is opened by acoustic guitar playing, it does not take the band long before kicking things into gear with Cry Of Achilles. How can one not like that chorus? And what adds to the charm is that they always manage to throw in parts you do not expect. That also causes several songs to exceed the standard four minute single length, but who cares right?

Mark Tremonti is rumoured to practise more hours daily than many people spend at their job, and it shows. The man fires riff after solo at us and always delivers. I can understand PRS guitars offering him a branded model! The only names left to mention are drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall, together providing the foundation for Tremonti and Kennedy to excel on. Yes, I will not deny it, I love this band and every album they have made so far. They always kick ass, bring songs that surprise and attract and are damn good at what they do. Mandatory purchase in my humble opinion.