Retroactive Classic: Alter Bridge 'Blackbird'
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:46:36
A look back at the seminal second album from the Florida hard rock quartet.
Alter Bridge didn't just find their sound on their second full-length album, Blackbird, they really let it fly. Since its 2007 release, the record has really left an indelible impact on the Florida hard rock band's diehard fan base. It's got the most-requested cuts from any of their albums, and its legacy continues to expand with each passing year and tour. 2004's gold-selling One Day Remains began to hint at the shared power between Myles Kennedy [vocals, guitar], Mark Tremonti [guitar, backing vocals], Brian Marshall [bass], and Scott Phillips [drums], but Blackbird genuinely crystallized it. Their first offering showed that Tremonti, Marshall, and Phillips could transfer the songwriting prowess from Creed into something heavier. Blackbird would illuminate just how heavy they could go up to that point. At the same time, they never lost a grip on their inimitable sense of melody.
Opener "Ties That Bind" remains one of their most brilliantly bruising offerings. Veering between a quickly picked intro it segues into Kennedy's falsetto, charging forward like the bastard child of Metallica's Master of Puppets and Iron Maiden's Somewhere In Time. Everything builds up towards the towering refrain, which sees everything coalesce into a pummeling and passionate catharsis. It doesn't stop there though. "Come To Life" clutches that energy and catapults it forward at light speed yet again before "Brand New Start" brings a delicate heaviness to the ballad landscape. Those first three alone make the album worth the price of admission.
Watch the Music Video for "Ties That Bind" from Alter Bridge