I’ve usually left my “Music Milestone” toasts fall to artists and releases that have reached a little bit more of a shelf life but then again have started to make exceptions from time to time when the release or artist has made such an impact on the music scene around them that it bears toasting. Such is the case for the band Alter Bridge, whose debut album “One Day Remains” was released on this very day ten years ago. Can you believe it? Are you following this awesome band yet? If not I think that you should be. Let’s raise a glass and discuss this one.
When Alter Bridge first announced their existence after the disbanding of Creed back in 2004, I had to admit that I was a little bit skeptical because I had been a fan of Creed for a few years by that time and pretty much felt that the musicians of that band were just launching what would amount to be “Creed 2” when working with Scott Stapp proved to be an impossible practice. It was easy for a fan to think this way when it appeared that this new band would be everyone who was in Creed with the exception of Stapp. The lineup of Alter Bridge would also include the bands founding bassist Brian Marshall who was allegedly fired by the singer (or so legend would have you believe at the time as well). With the key musical director of Tremonti heralding the charge and the rhythm section of drummer Scott Phillips and Marshall I expected an album loaded with “Creed like” tunes but we really didn’t get too much of that outside of the single “Open Your Eyes” which I felt had a strong vibe of the previous band that they were all most recently a part of. When the band presented a new singer to the world I also expected a similar vocal register to be found until I heard the soaring melodies that came from Myles Kennedy. His was a brand new name to me but he was apparently a member of the Mayfield Four, a band that had two albums and a career dating back to 1996 but again, this was all new to me. The band’s name would be inspired by a bridge that used to exist near Tremonti’s youthful home and their debut album entitled with a phrase on how they felt life should be lived – as if “One Day Remains”. Interesting stuff for sure, but what about the music that was to be found on the debut? Would it measure up?
Continue reading Celebrating A Decade Of “One Day Remains” by Alter Bridge (2004-2014)