Feature: Alter Bridge "One Day Remains" 10 Years Later
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:44:50
A decade has come and gone since Alter Bridge first stormed the hard rock scene, and One Day Remains still stands out as pillar of the genre in its own right.
In many ways, it was a rebirth for not only Creed's Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips, but also for Myles Kennedy. As the story goes, the boys first met each other when the latter's The Mayfield Four did an arena tour with Creed. The seeds were somewhat sown at that point, but it took one phone call to Kennedy in early 2004 to officially set the wheels in motion. As a result, there's a fresh energy that courses through this debut, to this day. It's every apparent in the potent yet pristine swing of the opener "Find The Real", which sways from an unshakable six-string salvo into sky-reaching vocals.
The title track encapsulates the record's ethos of "carpe diem" or "living each day like it's your last", but it's the single "Open Your Eyes", which awakened the world to the songwriting prowess this group possesses. It's an undeniably massive tune whose hook soars as high as its lead. At the same time, the six-minute-plus "Burn It Down" treads dark territory and allows Kennedy space to deliver an especially soulful performance punctuated by Tremonti's playing. This album hinted at the legendary dynamic they'd eventually achieve as a frontman-and-guitarist, but it's astounding just how tight they lock in. "Metalingus" melts faces with its steamrolling rhythm attack from Marshall and Phillips, another trademark, while Tremonti's fretboard practically catches fire.
Quite possibly the record's most poignant moment is "In Loving Memory"—an elegiac and entrancing epic from the boys that hits just as hard now as it did then. Simultaneously, deep cuts like "Watch Your Words" and "The End Is Here" see Alter Bridge firing on all cylinders, cranking out more anthems to comprise what would become one of the most formidable arsenals in the genre.
One Day Remains went Gold, and it's yielded many fan favorites. However, the best thing about it is the fact that it introduced hard rock to one of its most significant bands. Hearing Fortress now, it's wonderful to trace the steps back and see where it all began. One Day Remains belongs in the canon of great rock records forever…We'll still be talking about it 20 years from now.
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