It has been three years since Alter Bridge's last studio album Fortress was released, but it is clear their fans have been eagerly waiting for them to return. Now the rock juggernaut comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums return with their fifth album, The Last Hero. The new release is a monster that builds upon the sound that Alter Bridge has become known for with their uncompromised vocal melodies, untouchable dueling guitar work and pounding rhythm section.
The Last Hero creates musical imagery to showcase a common theme that runs throughout the record: paying tribute to, and touching on the need for heroes and leaders in a complex world. "Show me a leader that won`t compromise – show me a leader so hope never dies," Kennedy demands in the opening track "Show Me A Leader" – the first of a row of no-holds-barred, high-energy rockers. Of course Alter Bridge haven't abandoned their knack for quieter, emotional interludes either. Songs such as "Cradle To The Grave" and "You Will Be Remembered" nestle comfortably in between fast-paced, and catchy tunes like "Losing Patience" and "Poison In Your Veins." One thing is for sure: the glorious splendor of "My Champion" is sure to be an immediate fan favorite.
Produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Slash, Trivium, Tremonti) and mastered by Grammy award winner Ted Jensen, The Last Hero is the diversified and resolute rock album we have all been waiting for: welcome back, Alter Bridge!