Three years have passed since the critically lauded AB III crashed 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.
Fortress was recorded and produced by long-time Alter Bridge producer Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette (Stone Temple Pilots, Incubus, Trivium) at his studio in the band’s native Florida.
From the opening acoustic guitar on Cry Of Achilles through the other 12 songs on Fortress, it is clear Alter Bridge are back to underline their status as one of contemporary hard rock’s breakthrough bands. The four piece showcase some of their heaviest material ever in tracks like Bleed It Dry and Farther Than The Sun, but also reprise their signature, softer side with songs like All Ends Well and the epic title track Fortress. Fortress is 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 released Blackbird, the album that established the band’s profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by the UK’s Guitarist Magazine. AB III was released in 2010 and the single ‘Isolation’ gave the band their first #1 radio single in the USA. When Alter Bridge is on hiatus, singer Myles Kennedy can be found fronting Slash’s band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Guitarist Mark Tremonti recently released his first solo project, All I Was that saw Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass with Mark’s 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 marked Alter Bridge’s first trip to Australia which saw them tear up the stage at the Soundwave Festival, plus two legendary sideshows with Steel Panther.