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    Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:44:19

    Feature: Top 10 Alter Bridge Songs - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    As Alter Bridge prepares to embark on their highly anticipated Fortress Spring 2014 tour, we decided to thumb through their impressive four-album catalog one more time and compile a list of the Top 10 Alter Bridge Songs.

    Mind you, this was no easy task at all. They remain America's ultimate modern rock band in terms of instrumentation, songwriting, and raw power. They've got a slew of expansive numbers that all could've been on this list. Moreover, they cover a myriad of moods and styles every time they hit the studio. So, if you disagree with anything, keep in mind so much of this catalog deserves to be on here, but we were only going to choose ten!

    Check out the list below and be sure to catch the band on the Fortress tour when it rolls through your town this Spring.

    Top 10 Alter Bridge Songs

    10. "Waters Rising"

    Allowing Mark Tremonti to take the microphone, this apocalyptic tale becomes a watershed moment from 2013's Fortress. The guitars rise with the waves from a clean classically-tinged intro into a robust refrain, making for a rapturous dousing of soulful hard rock.

    9. "Home"

    A B-side on the expanded edition of AB III, "Home" commences with another clean opening that slowly mounts on a signature Myles Kennedy verse. The singer's voice starts take flight on a massive hook before a potent lead from Tremonti screeches. Welcome "Home" amongst Alter Bridge's best fare.

    8. "Burn It Down"

    This haunting and bluesy deep cut from the band's debut, One Day Remains, lights up a different side of these musicians. It's an incendiary and invasive moment punctuated by embers of Kennedy's falsetto and Tremonti's six-string pastiche.

    7. "Rise Today"

    "Rise Today" comes to life as one of the 21st century's finest guitar anthems. The soloing simply scorches, while the riffs gnash and crunch. Holding it all up is the inimitable rhythm section of Brian Marshall's ballsy bass and Scott Phillips pounding rhythms. Prepare to have your face melted.

    6. "Slip to the Void"

    Starting off on a haunting organ part, this spirals out into an epic of prog-size proportions. It boasts one of the band's most powerful hooks and true six-string mastery. It's also one of their best album- and show-openers.

    5. "Metalingus"

    On One Day Remains, this is the moment when Tremonti, Phillips, and Marshall proved their "metal" and mettle. It's the perfect example of their modern thrash prowess post-Creed.

    4. "Ties That Bind"

    A sinewy, slippery six-string snap kicks off this Blackbird bruiser. This one merges a Pantera-size groove with Tremonti's personally potent shredding to tie Alter Bridge's legacy off as one of the greatest guitar-driven groups of our time.

    3. "Cry Of Achilles"

    Nodding to both Metallica and Led Zeppelin, this one swings the hammer of the gods like never before for Alter Bridge, kicking off their latest opus in perfect fashion. It's as divine as it is deadly.

    2. "Words Darker Than Their Wings"

    This one's heavy in many ways. The call-and-response between Tremonti and Kennedy about faith proves downright chilling while the music itself reaches impressive heights. It's worth pondering over for years to come.

    1. "Blackbird"

    In a catalog rife with real and raw epics, this is the mother of all of them. Alter Bridge spread their wings like never before, and everyone who hears this remains touched.

    Rick Florino

    What's your favorite Alter Bridge song?

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