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Alter Bridge/Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities(2017)

A week or so ago  I was stoked to hear a couple of tracks from this forthcoming live album from Alter Bridge (pre ordered this on iTunes) that I  hyped its release by a day(September 7th) with a quick little post but with this album being on heavy rotation in my world for a week  since its release back on September 8th. It’s time for the review of Live At The O2 Arena.

Myles Kennedy/Mark Tremonti/Brian Marshall/Scott Phillips have put out the ‘Contender’ for 2017  Album of the year in my book!

Hey, why not! AB’s 2016 effort The Last Hero came in at Number 3 for fav albums of the year and as with every AB release it gets better!

This album is a pure brilliant release on how a band in this day and age in the year of 2017 should record and release a live album!

Writing On The Wall starts the show off with its twirling like power riffs and Kennedy as he does on all AB tracks delivers the goods vocally!

Love the production on this album. Not any real polish, no tweaking  and sounds live!

The other 18 live tracks are spread throughout AB’s 5 album career especially songs from The Last Hero being featured with Blistering versions of Crows On A Wire/Show Me A Leader/My Champion amongst others.

AB’s strength is in the writing of Tremonti/Kennedy who can write super heavy rock riffs during the course of a song yet still find that melodic bit during a chorus which Is what I would think you could say would be “Hook”. Tunes like Ties That Bind/Open Your Eyes/Isolation fit this format to a T!

Basically a ‘Hook’ followed by a swift boot in the ass musically speaking that is!

The live guitars of Mark and Myles are mixed brilliantly on this release! Myles guitar is on the left side/Mark’s is on the right and these guys are wicked players. Sure and justifiably so everyone goes on about Tremonti and how good he  is! Ah yeah, just check out the track Metalingus as Mark plays like a man possessed!

But…

Myles holds his own on the 6 string something that no one ever writes about which is just goofy! Yeah we all know the cat can sing but  Myles rips about a good 40% of AB solo’s on this release and I will say that opening solo on Show Me A Leader is absolutely sick! So good!

That’s the beauty of this band. A solid one two punch in the six string department. On one side you have Tremonti laying down Metallica like riffs whereas on the other side you got Kennedy playing old school power chord riffs! Best of both worlds!

Marshall and Phillips are exceptional on their instruments as well (Bass and Drums respectively) Phillips lays down a ton of cool drumming at times! Want double Bass? Want a ton of cymbal smashing? Yeah it’s all here…

19 live tracks and don’t think its just one big metal assault! No way Jose. Myles does an acoustic only song Watch Over You  while Mark takes over the lead vocal on the prog rock like Waters Rising.

How about an additional 11 studio tracks that make up the Rarities portion of the album. 2 of the tracks (Cruel Son and Solace) are two unreleased songs from AB’s debut One Day Remains back in 2004!  I’m not one to hunt down bonus studio tracks etc so to get them all included in this package is a total score for me!

This is a total must own if your into heavy rock with a singer who can  deliver it live…..

Alter Bridge/Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities(2017)

 

Tomorrow (Friday Sept 8th ) drops the new Alter Bridge triple CD album! (19 Live Songs and 11 Studio tracks)

Too say I’m not stoked would be the understatement of the decade. Alter Bridge has always put out quality product with all 5 of their studio albums, Each one has gotten better  than the previous one and if you recall  AB’s last studio  effort 2016’s The Last Hero was my third fav studio album of the year. Show Me A Leader off that album just flat-out smokes and mention must be made about the guitar duo of Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy who play at times cool classic rock riffs while colliding   with heavier riffs of Metal. The fact that Myles has one of the best rock voices out there also totally helps as well at getting AB’s point across!

Give em some props! Drummer Scott Phillips and Bassist Brian Marshall keep everyone in check while harnessing all that guitar action that’s going on around them.

This album was recorded over in England at the O2 Arena and by all accounts was the biggest show of their career.

Dig the fact that the Rarities  studio portion has tracks that have appeared on soundtracks or deluxe editions but as well there are 2 unreleased songs from 2004! In other words I have none of these tracks on the Rarities set! That’s gonna change!

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Alter Bridge/ The Last Hero(2016)

 

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New Release…

Alter Bridges  newest studio release The  Last Hero  crushes with Massive Riff’s along with  a Huge Dose of Melody with a Side Order of  Catchy Hooks tossed in!

Alter Bridge is….
Myles Kennedy – lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar
Mark Tremonti – lead guitar, backing vocals
Brian Marshall – bass guitar
Scott Phillips – drums, percussion

Myles Kennedy I would say is the Best Rock Vocalist out there! This dude can sing underneath a massive eruption of volcanic riffs originating  from Mark Tremonti’s Guitar and Myles  does not sound ever like he’s gonna toss a lung in doing so! Speaking of guitar,Myles can handle himself on the guitar as well. When he’s singing in Slash’s solo deal Myles is just the singer but in AB he doubles up on guitar and this cat can play as he burns up a ton of catchy riffs most notably at the beginning of the opening track Show Me A Leader.

Tremonti is a beast on the 6 string! He has elements of all the Greats in his playing most notably bits and bites of Ed Van Halen with a smattering of Zakk Wylde thrown into the mix. Mark has a wicked deep backing vocal like tone that’s right in sync with Myles vocals.

How many bands can have two fantastic guitar players with one of them doubling as the Lead Vocalist? AB that’s who!

Don’t forget the Rhythm dudes supporting these two guys as well! Drummer Scott Phillips plays Heavy all over the map drums and they sound huge on this album and he floats the AB Ship with Brian Marshall who provides the bottom end and Beef’s up the sound with his Bass Playing.

The Song’s…

1. “Show Me a Leader” 5:05
2. “The Writing On the Wall” 4:28
3. “The Other Side” 5:55
4. “My Champion” 4:41
5. “Poison In Your Veins” 4:19
6. “Cradle To the Grave” 5:41
7. “Losing Patience” 4:10
8. “This Side of Fate” 6:48
9. “You Will Be Remembered” 4:42
10. “Crows On a Wire” 4:27
11. “Twilight” 4:15
12. “Island of Fools” 5:01
13. “The Last Hero”  

Case you’re wondering it’s 65 Plus minutes of Bombastic Rock the Kind of stuff I love…

Shall I decipher a few tracks for ya’s?!

Opener Show Me A Leader sets the pace and you have to hand it to these guys who start off in chill mode but ramp up pretty damn quick  and Show Me A Leader just crunches and sets the pace for the rest of the album! In other words you want Bombastic Power Riffs? Check! How about a dose of in your face drums? Check Check! How about a Singer who can sing over a complete Wall Of Sound? Triple Check! Full props must be made out to producer Elvis Baskette who has been working AB for a while now and captures their sound brilliantly! While you’re at click the video posted below and you will know what I mean!

Writing On The Wall begins with a relentless sound of Sonic Fury with all instruments mashed up with a Bell and once again were off and the thing is the Verses on this album are no doubt Heavy but at times AB toss in a real catchy riff or tempo change and then when the Chorus hits here comes the Melody! Yes these tunes are that good! Writing On The Wall is one of them as Myles vocals soar during the chorus. Dude is Vocal Gold!

The Other Side is another great track and I’m gonna let my Good Pal’s Myles and Mark explain it in under 2 Minutes! …Click the Video Below!

My Champion slows down somewhat and pushes a good message across about Good People doing Good Things. Thats the thing on this album is AB can incorporate even Acoustic Guitars without futzing out and going down Commercial Avenue and making it obvious. Sure this song may capture that somewhat and it would sound good on Rock Radio but who cares a Great Track is a Great Track!

Show Me A Leader just gets stronger and the material does not dip as the album heads to the finish line.

Crows On A Wire is one of those end of the album Gems that you always hear me go on about and that basically tells you the listener that there is No Filler Whatsoever! Crows On A Wire features a ton of epic power chords/smashing drums/thumping bass and a clever well written chorus delivered vocally by Myles! Some of the tracks even feature a synth buried somewhat under the mix of the guitars/bass/drums which only enhances the overall AB Experience!

Actually the last three songs on the album Twilight/Island OF Fools and the title track The Last Hero are all solid Gem Like tracks! Speaking of The Last Hero being the title track. I always love it when bands make this move by sticking the title track smack dab at the end of the album! Slick Solid Move!

AB has totally stepped up and blew my away with  this record! I have mentioned in a few other posts that I can only handle about 5 New bands that are currently out there playing hard rock. AB is at the top of the heap and its crazy to think that this is there 5th studio album. 5 albums in and they are getting stronger with more wicked material! The musical chops these guys posses is crazy good and what can you say about Myles Kennedy that already hasn’t been said? Love this Dude’s voice …..

One of the best New Releases I have heard this year!

SONIC WAVES…Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators/World On Fire

Yah man I’m breaking protocol and reviewing sumthin new and probably well too new for me but it’s not too often that a new release can come out and basically kick me in the ass of awesomeness but World On Fire has done that man and it will possibly quite well be my número Uno 2014 fav release!

Slash and the boys have outdone themselves here. I mean when I seen it was 17 tracks deep I was like ah no way man maybe 10 keepers and 7 close calls but nope nada ….17 little cookers that prove to me in the year 2014 that guitar oriented rock is alive and well in Slashville.

Lets see what’s cooking under the top hat!

WORLD ON FIRE-The boys kick out the jams right out of the gate with the catchy lead off single. Myles Kennedy is without a doubt one of the best rock singers out there right now period. The dude holds his own and it helps that they have cranked up Todd Kerns on bass and backing vocals I mean why not Kerns fronted Age Of Electric and now he slings the 4 string for Slash and man how many bands can you say out there right now have two lead vocalists ? Yeah and that’s this band! Slash is riffing like crazy on this and on all others! Yeah if you choose to play the vid on your big screen,make sure the kids aren’t around ahem! Just don’t trip the wire!

SHADOW LIFE-starts off moody kinda chill like vibe and boom into gear and big Chrous and like I said Kerns and Kennedy a one two vocal punch to the gut. There not screwing around and man these guys are locked in by track two!

AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE-this band just punches the gas and roars. You know the deal your baby is Automatic and she’s in Overdrive. This songs just clocks in under 100 mph so you know it’s a rocker. Slash has totally stepped up with the playing on this album. Man, you want huge riffs this is the place for em!

WICKED STONE- man oh man this one reminds me for some reason of that big band Slash was in about 20 yrs ago. Slash puts this song on his back and carries it right thru. Also of mention again is the fact that Kennedy is a crafty lyricist and he delivers it vocally. Plus the fact that they got Kerns cranked up as well vocally is a smart move(dude can sing,don’t believe me check out Ugly from his old band Age Of Electric). This song just keeps the momentum going ! Holy crap still 14 more songs to go!

30 YEARS TO LIFE-Brent Fitz slams some serious drumming along with some killer cowbell on this road rocker. Actually this whole band is firing and now there on the run. 30 years in the clink. Well if your gonna get locked up Myles at least your going in style! Slash once again riffs and riffs but not to the point of overkill. Brent Fitz is kicking the crap out of his drums, man he’s good.

BENT TO FLY- whoa, Slash slams on the breaks and the boys kinda chill out on this one well until the big hooky Chrous with the big hooky voices. Even though it’s a little more slow paced. The boys keep it rocking in a different way I mean you can’t go 100 mph 24/7 anymore. Well maybe 85 mph24/7 actually I would be at roughly 33mph/24/7 you get the drill!

STONE BLIND- all right this one is a scorcher. The song starts off super chill with Kennedy just chillin and than boom The verse is so friggin catchy. This one just grabs ya and doesn’t let go! This song rocks from start to finish.

 

TOO FAR GONE- it’s all been decided your Too Far Gone sez Myles and the boys. Yep your right fellas this song reminds me once again of that ol band (GNR) but how could it not .Slash wrote some huge riffs back than. And he continues to do it to this day! More power to ya Slash!

BENEATH THE SAVAGE SUN- the beginning reminds me of ol school Aerosmith and that’s where the comparison ends. The band shifts into some different time signatures and Kerns drops down some cool low end bass in at as well. Kinda epic style Slash N Roll…

WITHERED DELILIAH- hey I think SMK&C may have a hit here. This song just rocks along and it will make a great single. This album courtesy of Brent Fitz has a bunch of cool percussive action going on this whole album!(COWBELL) Kudos to Slash for keeping this unit intact for a few years now and not some revolving musical door!

BATTLEGROUND-this is the close to 7 minute epic track…slow buildup and man it’s a diversion of the rock that so dominates this release. Cool that like I said earlier are many different musical moods and this is a moody piece….but in a cool kinda way!

DIRTY GIRL- song number 12 and Slash heads back to the Sunset Strip for some Dirty Girl!  Of course you knew this kind of song would be on here tucked neatly away and BAM here comes the Dirty Girl. Cool that dudes pushing 50 can still sing about sleaze and roll not be called out as creepy! YET!  Great song man….this will be on the radio for all ya ol farts!(myself included)

IRIS OF THE STORM-it’s always a buzz to get this deep into a album and you realize this is my favourite track! Oh wait yeah it is. Songs starts off slow and slowly picks up steam. Man this album is chock full of radio rock and this is one of em also. Dig Kennedy’s voice on this golden nugget of a tune!  The band is right in the pocket on this one!

AVALON-comes crashing out of the gate at rocket speed! SMK&C aren’t letting up man!  Good solid rock song that pushes almost like a Heavy Nine Lives Aero Feel at times….

THE DISSIDENT- starts of like a mono LP with someone going off about the objector well make that a F*%kin Objector and than Fitz and Slash kick off the festivities and man during the Chrous you get some whoas and double whoas and man this is now my favourite track currently. It’s so damn catchy you will cruise around your house singing it..u will man..u will!

SAFARI INN- just a cool little musical and hey were over a hour into this bad boy and ya gotta give the lead vocalist a break!

THE UNHOLY-ends the record with some more epic material kinda like along the lines of Battleground. It’s ok man,this song is a fitting end it build and build and it’s over!

IN CONCLUSION- To say this is a great rock record in the year 2014 would be a understatement! It for me is thee rock record of 2014! SMK&C take it to another level with this release. Solid songs,solid performances all around and solid production take a bow Michael Baskette! Like I said earlier it’s cool that Slash has kept this trio of guys with him for a few years now and it shows in spades the cohesiveness of this unit. Hundreds of shows played and well the boys bring it home! So basically set aside about  1 hour and 17 minutes and head out on a rock n roll journey!