4.5 Irrefutably Legendary Cypho69 | 13/09/2011 | See all Cypho69's reviews (1) Since hearing 'Open your eyes' in 2004 on Kerrang I've been hooked and ABIII is as far from 'third album syndrome' as you can get. Following One Day Remains and Blackbird was always going to beg the question "what will they do next"? And ABIII is a frankly brilliant response. Even as a fan I wasn't sure what to think after the first listen, and that's because its genius intricacies demand you listen to it over and over again. Myles Kennedy is the most sought-after vocalist on the circuit for collaborations for a very good reason - he's the only one out there that can crank out the F above an operatic Tenor's top C consistently, not just in the studio but through the entire duration of a live world tour. Nelwat - to label a vocalist of such a calibre as "sing like a drunk man" only leaves you looking a few pints short of a full keg yourself! Kennedy is almost as much of a machine in his clinical execution as Tremonti's right arm, which achieves with a plectrum what most accomplished guitarists can only manage with multiple-finger picking. As several other reviewers point out Marshall and Phillips show their pedigree in this album with tight cross-rhythms and versatility providing the perfect backdrop for the diverse themes; progressive harmonies; and killer riffs. Tracks of choice for me are Still Remains - for the metal-lover in us all; Wonderful Life - the obligatory heart-rending ballad; Coeur d'Alene - a masterpiece of crunching harmonies and chord structures; All hope is gone - the pirate drinking song; Words Darker than their Wings can only be described as epic; and the transition between Slip to the Void and Isolation is also very special. If you haven't got it by now, I can't recommend this album enough!