Alter Bridge

‘The Last Hero’ Set for release 7th October 2016.

It has been three years since Alter Bridge’s last studio album Fortress was released, but it is clear their fans have been eagerly waiting for them to return. Now the rock juggernaut comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums return with their fifth album, The Last Hero. The new release is a monster that builds upon the sound that Alter Bridge has become known for with their uncompromised vocal melodies, untouchable dueling guitar work and pounding rhythm section.

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Founded in 2004, the quartet immediately went gold in the US with their debut album One Day Remains ? and that was just the beginning. Each and every subsequent critically acclaimed release would hit the top album charts in Alter Bridge`s home country, find partnerships with the likes of WWE, MLB and ESPN, and concerts around the globe created a legion of supporters known as the AB Nation! Europe also pledged their allegiance. Alter Bridge`s 2013 effort Fortress gave the band their highest chart entries in Germany, the UK, Austria and Switzerland.

The Last Hero creates musical imagery to showcase a common theme that runs throughout the record: paying tribute to, and touching on the need for heroes and leaders in a complex world. “Show me a leader that won`t compromise ? show me a leader so hope never dies? Myles Kennedy demands in the opening track “Show Me A Leader” ? the first of a row of no-holds-barred, high-energy rockers. Of course Alter Bridge haven`t abandoned their knack for quieter, emotional interludes either. Songs such as “Cradle To The Grave? and “You Will Be Remembered” nestle comfortably in between fast-paced, and catchy tunes like ?Losing Patience? and ?Poison In Your Veins.? One thing is for sure: the glorious splendor of ?My Champion? is sure to be an immediate fan favorite!

Produced by Michael ?Elvis? Baskette (Slash, Trivium, Tremonti etc) and mastered by Grammy award winner Ted Jensen, The Last Hero is the diversified and resolute rock album we have all been waiting for: welcome back, Alter Bridge!

Tour Dates:

With: Special Guest TBC, Like A Storm
04.11.16 ESP – BILBAO / Santana 27
05.11.16 ESP – BARCELONA / Razzmatazz
08.11.16 Fr – PARIS / Zenith
09.11.16 B – BRUSSELS / AB
10.11.16 NL – AMSTERDAM / HMH
13.11.16 DE – BERLIN / Columbiahalle
14.11.16 AUT – VIENNA / Gasometer
16.11.16 PL – KATOWICE / Spodek
18.11.16 SE – STOCKHOLM / Annexet
20.11.16 NO – OSLO / Sentrum Scene
21.11.16 DK – COPENHAGEN / Vega Main Hall

With: Volbeat, Gojira, Like A Storm
23.11.16 UK – MANCHESTER / Arena
24.11.16 UK – LONDON / O2 Arena
26.11.16 UK – NOTTINGHAM / Motorpoint Aren
27.11.16 UK – BIRMINGHAM / Genting Arena
28.11.16 UK – CARDIFF / Motorpoint Arena
01.12.16 UK – GLASGOW / Hydro
02.12.16 UK – LEEDS / First Direct Arena

With: Gojira, Like A Storm
04.12.16 DE – FRANKFURT / Jahrhunderthalle
05.12.16 DE – COLOGNE / Palladium
06.12.16 DE – HAMBURG / Mehrl Theater
09.12.16 IT – BOLOGNA / Unipol Arena
10.12.16 DE – MUNICH / Zenith
11.12.16 CH – BASEL / Jakobshalle

For more information visit Alterbridge & Napalm Records.

Fires That Divide

‘John Lee, Bullet & Love’ – EP Release Date 1.9.16.

In only a very short space in time, the West Midlands based band Fires That Divide have established themselves as being an up and coming band to look out for, and their new EP ‘John Lee, Bullet & Love’ is definitely another step up that ladder to success.

I have to admit, I’m intrigued by the EP’s title and I’m guessing there’s a story to be told there but as for the songs themselves, well very little explanation is needed as they all speak the language of rock fluently!

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The EP consists of four songs with ‘Coherence’ making for a very impressive opening track. This track blasts itself forwards along the smouldering edge of heaviness and wraps itself beautifully around the soaring riffs and melodic harmonies that characterize Fires That Divide’s signature sound and sets out high expectations for the next three tracks that are to follow.

I have to say that as good as ‘Coherence’ is, it was the second track on the EP ‘Mr Philosophy’ that took this EP to another level for me. Here we have a song that casts its own net into the blazing guitar riffs and rhythms reminiscent of bands such as Velvet Revolver and Audioslave and when combined with some of the best vocals that I’ve ever heard from Kirk Shuttleworth, the whole experience made for my favourite track on the EP.

The remaining two tracks deliver an interesting contrast in regards to each other as the third song of the EP ‘Vector Man‘ starts by creating the illusion of a light and beautiful lament whilst the fourth and final track which is entitled ‘Mary Scotch’, carries a little darkness in its soul but having said that, there is no mistaking that as both of these tracks independently grow, they both consistently capture that hard rocking feel which Fires That Divide own.

Having seen and enjoyed watching Fires That Divide play live on several occasions, I hadn’t expected to learn as much about their sound and where their future vision lies as I did through listening to ‘John Lee, Bullet & Love’, so it’s fair to say that this EP certainly delivered the ‘WOW’ factor for me and I can‘t wait to hear what comes next!

‘John Lee, Bullet & Love’ is available to purchase now through itunes or amazon and I would highly recommend checking it out.

Track Listing is as follows: 1. Coherence 2. Mr Philosophy 3. Vector Man 4. Mary Scotch

Review by Sue Wardle.

Hils Ovation

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 17th September 2016.

Tonight’s Hils Ovation show see’s me back at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton and with a line up comprising of Parrhesia, Slaughter Horse, Mordrake Haerken and King Goat, this is a show that looks fit for royalty – of the Metal kind!

Opening up the show this evening were Parrhesia who are local to the Birmingham area. Consisting of Hontus (guitar and vocals), Dave (bass) and Callum on drums, these three guys deal in metal of the most interesting kind as they have an edge to their individual performances which works exceptionally well when combined all together. Front of stage see’s Hontus and Dave working the metal solidly whilst Callum and his sticks whip up a furious frenzy that is addictive to watch. If you get the chance to check Parrhesia out live – do it!

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Our second band on tonight’s line up were Slaughter Horse and here we have a band whose energy, brutal metal and rather unique identity always speaks for itself. When experiencing a set from Slaughter Horse, you are guaranteed that it will be a colourful occurrence as their intensity is as vibrant as their face and body paint and believe me when I say that Slaughter Horse are a band that once seen, you will never forget!

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Next to take to the stage were Mordrake and not having seen these guys play live before, this was a set that I was greatly looking forward to – especially after reading the reviews of their performance at this years Bloodstock. Tonight’s set from Mordrake saw them harness the weight of their dark and impressive sound much to the approval of the Slade Rooms audience and myself. The band have a few more dates in their diary over the forthcoming months and I would highly recommend you make a point of catching them live if you can.

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There are some bands whose attention to detail is dam near close enough to a theatrical experience and our next band of the night, Haerken, are masters at this very kind of adventure. With the stage set to herald their arrival, it almost felt like we were witnessing a triumphant return from battle and as for the set itself, that was definitely a fearsome siege that very few could match.

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There aren’t too many bands whose presence has stood the test of centuries but Haerken are certainly one who have, and long may they reign as this is metal at it’s very greatest!

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Tonight’s line up so far has been a pretty visual one so it was a bit of a shock to the system to see our headlining band King Goat perform in relative darkness. Albeit a bit of a disappointment from a photographic point of view, the atmosphere this creates gets the other senses working in overdrive as the quality and detail of their songs reined very clear and the vocal tones of Trim are really quite something to behold. I didn’t expect this kind of aura to hold my attention but the mastery of King Goat was nothing short of mesmerising and delivered an experience that I would happily repeat.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.