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    Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:03:06

    Top Ten Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Albums of 2013: Alter Bridge - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Alter Bridge deserve to be the biggest band in hard rock.

    For proof, look no farther than this year's ironclad and impenetrable epic, Fortress. A sprawling masterpiece painted in the blood, sweat, and tears of the Florida quartet, its towering hooks belie instrumental intricacy that could inspire an entire generation of shredders and singers.

    Myles Kennedy reaches Robert Plant-level heights on "Cry of Achilles", while Mark Tremonti weaves a six-string odyssey on the title track that's somewhere between Steve Vai and Master of Puppets. Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips forge one of the tightest and toughest rhythm sections the genre has ever seen.

    When it dropped, the album bowed at over 30,000 units in the U.S. and they're going to embark on a massive Spring headline tour. Lest we forget, they headline arenas everywhere else in the world. It's time for North America to catch up.

    Fortress is a landmark for metal and its best of 2013.

    Rick Florino
    12.10.13


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