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!
These guys are amazing. Emphasize not only the work of Tremonti and Kennedy, also the Marshall but especially that of Scott Phillips, giving many nuances to the music of Alter Bridge with his fantastic way to play drums. The album is the perfect continuation and evolution of THE BLACK BIRD album. The songs are darker, as an example SLIP TO THE VOID or SHOW ME A SIGN. the cd also have a beautiful ballad WONDERFUL LIFE and a half-time song LIFE MUST GO ON that is amazing. For me the best songs are SLIP TO THE VOID, ALL HOPE IS GONE, I KNOW IT HURTS and FALLOUT but all the songs have a high level. The only "bad" is that I liked more the production of ONE DAY REMAINS than the production of Michael Baskette in the last two albums.Finally say that five-star rating, believe me, is short. I would give ten stars
If you were expecting a repeat of One Day Remains or Blackbird you are going to be disappointed. This is altogether a deeper, nay, a darker work which took me several listenings to appreciate. The guitar work is just priceless and Myles Kennedy's vocal talents are tested to the full. The weakest track to my mind is Wonderful Life which, to me, almost sounds as if they want a Christmas number one. Overall, I can't imagine more than a couple of Alter Bridge fans defecting back to Scott Stapp in disappointment over this superb album.
One day remains sounded like it took a long time to write and was a fantastic album, the 2nd album sounded a bit hurried with shorter songs but this album puts Alterbridge back at the top of the tree because its a brilliant piece of work packed with fantastic songs, stomping riffs, superb lyrics and big choruses. The band sound great as always and Myles is on top form. If you like the band you will love this.
Such an awesome album! Tracks that stand out most for me are Slip to the Void, Isolation, Still Remains, Wonderful Life and I know it Hurts. in my opinion better than the last two album, very heavy and melodic guitar riff from Mark Tremonti and amazing vocals (as usual from Myles Kennedy. Went to see them at newcastle and they where flipping amazing! Buy this album Alter Bridge fans!
As the other reviewers have said this, also in my opinion, is the best they ever made. You can't go wrong. Myles Kennedy sings with his passion and heart, making his contemporary amateurs. Along with The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, ABIII is one of the best albums of the year.