Playlist Challenge, Day 817

Alter Bridge — “Forever Falling”

Playlist Challenge, Day 812

Alter Bridge — “Pay No Mind”

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#31)

1. Alive

Glam rock from Italy. For fans of Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Poison, etc. Alive released their debut album, Lookin’ for a Future, in March. Check out the first single, “Money & Control.”

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2. Ivory Picture Story

Rock/punk/pop from Kentucky. For fans of The Runaways, Blondie, The Donnas, etc. Ivory Picture Story announced on Halloween that their video for “E.V.I.L.” is coming soon! In the meantime, here is my personal favorite (so far), “Big Star.”

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3. Sweet Fever

Rock & roll from Nashville, Tennessee. For fans of Stealers Wheel, Jet, Jack White, etc. Sweet Fever released their sophomore EP, Ale Lounge, back in October. It is available on all streaming platforms. These guys are amazing in any form, so here is the acoustic version of “Escapin’ the Grind.”

And, just because, listen to “Roll On.”

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4. Victorius

Power metal from Germany. For fans of Dragonforce, Gloryhammer, Hammerfall, etc. Victorius recently released the wonderfully cheesy video for “Super Sonic Samurai” and have been announcing a slew of tour dates for 2020!

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5. Jet Setting

Alternative/rock from Tennessee. For fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, etc. Jet Setting has been working nonstop on new music, playing shows, doing interviews, and just generally trying to spread the word. The band released its debut EP, Lacey, earlier this year.

“Come Around”

“Pictures of Fame”

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Album Review: Alter Bridge’s Walk the Sky

Band: Alter Bridge

Album: Walk the Sky

Genre: Rock

Release Date: October 18, 2019

Standout Tracks: “Godspeed,” “Indoctrination,” “Forever Falling,” and “Walking on the Sky”

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Alter Bridge is back with their sixth studio album, Walk the Sky.

Staying true to form, Alter Bridge has again created a unique collection of fourteen tracks that don’t sound quite like anything they’ve done before. There are touches from past records evident — the heaviness of The Last Hero, the deeper lyrical content of AB III, even a tip of the hat to Tremonti’s latest solo effort, A Dying Machine — and yet, Walk the Sky stands strong on its own merits.

The album opens with “One Life,” a soft and melodic intro clocking in at 1:23, then immediately hits the listener with the blistering “Wouldn’t You Rather,” an offering of sage advice. “There is no gain worth the commerce of self,” front man Myles Kennedy warns, before asking “Wouldn’t you rather live from the heart?”

“Godspeed” is a beautiful ode to a lost loved one (and the song that made me cry; there is always at least one). With the opening piano setting the mood, Myles delivers a heartfelt goodbye that touches the soul.

“Native Son” and “Take the Crown” are two of the harder tracks, followed by the raw, gritty, dark “Indoctrination” (a personal favorite). “Pay No Mind,” which was the second single, has grown on me exponentially with each listen.

Guitarist Mark Tremonti takes lead vocals on “Forever Falling,” a change that always goes over well with the Alter Bridge fanbase. The chorus serves up the absolute magic that is Mark and Myles’ intertwined voices, a combination I’ve loved from day one.

“Walking on the Sky” struck me with my very first listen of the album. I can’t even explain it. Perhaps it’s the aforementioned Myles/Mark harmonies; perhaps it’s the flawless shifting between the softness of the verses and the heavier chorus; or it could just be these words — “And if you fall, at least you tried/As you tremble on the wire/Walking on the sky.”

The record ends with “Dying Light.” Alter Bridge gifts their listeners with catharsis, assuring all who hear that “In the dying light, we can learn to live again/When we wake up to eternal life.”

I definitely encourage everyone to check out Walk the Sky. Alter Bridge has granted us an eclectic mix of the elements that make them one of the best bands in the business (the best, in my opinion). This record will surely be on repeat for months to come. 4/5 stars.

New Music Alert: Alter Bridge, American Grim, and I Prevail

Is it any surprise I’m posting about the new Alter Bridge single, “In the Deep”? No? Okay.

The intro reminded me so much of “Take You With Me” by Tremonti, and while the lyrics are lovely, the song did not resonate with me the way AB tracks typically do. Still, I believe it is worth a listen.

Last week, I somehow missed the fact that American Grim had released a new song entitled “Nightmare.”

I stand by my earlier comparison of the band to the Murderdolls, American Grim’s sound a little fuller than the horror punk outfit’s. “Nightmare” stays true to the sound and style American Grim has crafted. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

And finally, because I like to do lists of at least 3-5, I Prevail shared the official video for “Gasoline,” off their latest album Trauma.

The video is cinematic, dealing with very intense subject matter, appropriate for such a harsh, heavy track (both musically and lyrically).

Bonus: Lindemann — which features Rammstein front man Till Lindemann alongside Peter Tägtgren of both Hypocrisy and PAIN — announced earlier today that they will be releasing the first single, “Steh Auf,” from their sophomore record on Friday the 13th!