Alter Bridge — “Forever Falling”
Alter Bridge — “Pay No Mind”
Alter Bridge — “Godspeed”
Band: Alter Bridge
Album: Walk the Sky
Release Date: October 18, 2019
Standout Tracks: “Godspeed,” “Indoctrination,” “Forever Falling,” and “Walking on the Sky”
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.
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!
It’s always a great day when there’s new music from Alter Bridge! Check out “Wouldn’t You Rather” from their upcoming release, Walk the Sky — out October 18th, 2019.
Earlier this week, the band announced fall dates in North America with special guests Dirty Honey and Skillet.
Victorious Sky Tour
- 9/22 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
- 9/24 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
- 9/25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met
- 9/27 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
- 9/28 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live*
- 9/30 – Toronto, On – Rebel*
- 10/3 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
- 10/5 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
- 10/6 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
- 10/8 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live
- 10/10 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
- 10/11 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
- 10/13 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival
- 10/14 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
- 10/16 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
- 10/17 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
- 10/19 – San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
- 10/20 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
- 10/22 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
- 10/24 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
- 10/25 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
*Dirty Honey not appearing on these dates
The good news is finally here! Alter Bridge is releasing their sixth album, entitled Walk the Sky, on October 18th!The band is kicking off its tour with Shinedown on November 12th in Copenhagen, and wrapping it up December 21st in London! Sevendust and The Raven Age will be appearing on select dates.You can preorder the album and get tickets + VIP packages at Alter Bridge’s official site. (The record is also available on the Napalm Records site.) Here is the track list for Walk the Sky and all of the tour dates!
- One Life
- Wouldn’t You Rather
- In the Deep
- Native Son
- Take the Crown
- The Bitter End
- Pay No Mind
- Forever Falling
- Clear Horizon
- Walking on the Sky
- Tear Us Apart
- Dying Light