Three years have passed since the critically laudedAB IIIcrashed into the Top 10 of the UK Album Chart, and now Myles Kennedy (vocals), Mark Tremonti (guitar), Brian Marshall (bass), and Scott Phillips (drums) return with a new collection of songs to cement their place at the top.
Fortresswas recorded and produced by long-time Alter Bridge producer Michael Elvis Baskette (Stone Temple Pilots, Incubus, Trivium) at his studio in the bands native Florida.
From the opening acoustic guitar onCry Of Achillesthrough the other 12 songs onFortress, it is clearAlter Bridge are back to underline their status as one of contemporary hard rocks breakthrough bands. The four piece showcase some of their heaviest material ever in tracks likeBleed It DryandFarther Than The Sun, but also reprise their signature, softer side with songs likeAll Ends Welland the epic title trackFortress.Fortressis 13 tracks of unapologetic, searing hard rock that Alter Bridge has come to be synonymous with.
When we started pre-production on this album, we pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement. We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet. From the early feedback we have received, it looks like we have achieved what we set out to do,comments Tremonti.
Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their US gold-selling debut,One Day Remains. In 2007, the band releasedBlackbird, the album that established the bands profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track was votedGreatest Guitar Solo Of All Timeby the UKs Guitarist Magazine.AB IIIwas released in 2010 and the singleIsolationgave the band their first #1 radio single in the USA. When Alter Bridge is on hiatus, singer Myles Kennedy can be found fronting Slashs band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Guitarist Mark Tremonti recently released his first solo project,All I Wasthat saw Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass with Marks band on the road. Scott Phillips formed Projected with John Connolly and Vinnie Hornsby of Sevendust and released their debut in 2012. The same year markedAlter Bridges first trip to Australia which saw them tear up the stage at the Soundwave Festival, plus two legendary sideshows with Steel Panter.