Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Alternative Metal
Release Date EU: October 18th, 2019
Wouldn’t You Rather
In the Deep
Take the Crown
The Bitter End
Pay No Mind
Walking on the Sky
Tear us Apart
Alter Bridge has been around for more than 15 years and grew to one of the big players in the fields of Alternative Rock and –Metal. Four years ago the band released ‘The Last Hero’ a highly successful record entering the Top 10 in several Top album charts.
With a new Alter Bridge in the pipeline, it takes some time until it’s completed. This has mainly to do with the busy schedules of Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy, being part of other bands and projects too. Tremonti has is own solo project ongoing, while Kennedy is known as the singer and front-man of Slash’s solo band. This time it took the guys four years to finish the next record, which is the sixth one in the band’s success story. Fourteen tracks are what the new record carries; an album that has a lot of great music at hand.
‘One Life’ is an unusual start, being a mix of songs and intro. It’s a calmer way to get into the sound of ‘Walk the Sky before ‘Wouldn’t You Rather’ comes next on the batting order, a typical Alter Bridge song. A heavy verse leads to a melodic chorus adorned with Tremonti’s excellent guitar play. In general, it’s the mighty pounding tracks on ‘Walk the Sky’ being the highlights. ‘Native Son’ is such a great song and ‘Take the Crown’ takes it even further. With reduced speed, the tune features a terrific chorus. It’s a great song on an album that comes with no real disappointment.
Next to the heavy pounding songs, it’s tunes like ‘Godspeed’ reflecting the melodic and more mainstream-oriented Alter Bridge. The hooks are irresistible, a take that also builds the base for ‘Tear Us Apart’. These two examples take aim at a wider fan base. They are good songs, just a bit too much standardized.
All in all, we can conclude that ‘Walk the Sky’ is a well-done next Alter Bridge release. It balances roughness and commercial impact in a good fashion. Tremonti’s guitar that secures a basic heaviness while it’s Kennedy’s vocals and the melodic vocal lines that allows a sing-a-long for many of these tracks. Good music the typical Alter Bridge way.
Written by: Markus Wiedenmann