Thursday, 06 October 2016
ALTER BRIDGE vocalist Myles Kennedy recently performed a short acoustic set in the studios of U.K.'s Kerrang! Radio. Check out video footage below. ALTER BRIDGE's fifth studio album, "The Last Hero", will be released on October 7 by Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The CD was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael "Elvis" Baskette (SLASH, TREMONTI, TRIVIUM) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Ted Jensen. In a recent interview with WhatCulture, Kennedy stated about the musical direction of "The Last Hero": "For me going, into each record, maybe I'm a little different than Mark [Tremonti, guitar] in that respect because I tend to think about it like, 'Just stay in the moment.' "As a writer, I can overthink things. You kind of just wait for the song and then essentially document it, so I'll come up with an idea, record it on whatever recording apparatus [is to hand], forget about it and then when the time comes to start extracting song ideas, hopefully you have a lot to pull from. With Mark and I, generally that seems to be the case. "Really, what helps dictate the sound of the record and where it's going is that process; deciding which ideas make the cut, and, obviously, we don't want to just repeat ourselves over and over again, but at the same time, you don't want to alienate the fans that expect a certain sound from the band, y'know? If they like the fact that you're a riff-based band with melody, you don't want to take that out the equation and suddenly you're playing polka numbers with jazz flute over the top. [Laughs] Y'know, it's not gonna bode well, so it's a very delicate dance, and I think with this record, when it was all said and done, I feel like we didn't necessarily 'alienate' any of our fans in any sense. "When I listen to this record, I hear moments from previous records, I hear from a stylistic standpoint. I hear some of the anthems that we had on 'Blackbird', I hear some of the darker, moodier pieces we might have put on 'AB III' and then the epic journeys that we started to explore more on 'Fortress', but at the same time adding certain things in the studio, and certain approaches that helped push us in a new direction. Well, not a 'new direction,' but just keeping it fresh. "So personally I try not to overthink it. Just stay in the moment and kinda let the songs just happen, and this is what we got this time." A previously unreleased song called "Breathe", first recorded by the band in 2004 during the sessions for its debut album "One Day Remains", will be included as a bonus track on the Best Buy edition of "The Last Hero". ALTER BRIDGE is out on a short headlining tour to promote the album's release that brings the band to Dallas on Friday (October 7).

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