Tremonti Premiere’s Video For New LP’s Lead Single

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Tremonti premiered the video for the lead single from its forthcoming album this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘If Not For You’ Thursday. The single is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time, which is scheduled for release Sept. 24 through Napalm Records. Album pre-orders are open, and audiences who pre-order the album now will get the track as an instant grat download.

The album will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Marching In Time will be available in the following formats:
-CD Digipak      
-Digital Album  
-2LP Gatefold Black      
-2LP Gatefold Pink Transparent (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)
-Die-Hard Edition: 2LP Marble Transparent Black + Guitar Pick + Print (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)  
-Deluxe Box: Flag, Wristband & More! (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)

‘If Not For You’ is one of the heaviest songs that Tremonti — the brainchild of Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti — has released to date. It is a heavy, melodic hard rock opus that builds on everything that Tremonti himself has composed over the years as a member of Alter Bridge. This is especially evidenced in the song’s bridge, which finds Tremonti offering up a riff that can be argued to present some thrash influence. The contrast of that against the melodic hard rock approach of the rest of the song makes for an interesting overall presentation.

No information was provided as to the song’s lyrical theme in the press release distributed about the video’s premiere. A close listen is certain to generate its own share of discussion and interest. That is especially the case considering the chorus, in which Tremonti sings, “If not for you/Then I might be dead/So run while you can/I will follow from now/Until the end.” Additionally, the mention of leaving “here without a trace” and to “take me far from this place” pairs with the earlier note of someone else trying to “erase me once more” adds to some interest here. It is almost as if the song’s subject is one of those figures that is just completely reliant on someone other, almost to the point of desperation. This is all just the interpretation of this critic and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

The video for ‘If Not For You’ is more simple than the song’s lyrical theme. It features Tremonti and his band mates in a studio setting composed of video walls that play various, random images as the group performs its new single.

Courtesy: Napalm Records
Courtesy: Napalm Records

In other news, Tremonti has an extensive live schedule planned for the remainder of the year. The band is scheduled to tour with Sevendust and Lydia Can’t Breathe from September 3-26. Following that run, the band will take some time off to rest and recharge Daughtry, Sevendust, and Travis Bracht from Nov. 3 – Dec. 17.

More information on Tremonti’s new single, video, album, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://marktremonti.com

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Myles Kennedy Announces New Live Dates

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Myles Kennedy will head out on the road next month.

The Alter Bridge front man is scheduled to launch “The Ides of March Tour” Sept. 9 in St. Petersburg, FL. The almost month-long tour is in support of Kennedy’s sophomore solo album, The Ides of March, which was released in May through Napalm Records.

The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 2 in Baltimore, MD and features scheduled performances in cities, such as Flint, MI; Atlanta, GA and St. Louis, MO. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

MYLES KENNEDY – The Ides Of March Tour
7-Sep – St. Petersburg, FL @ Floridian Social Club
8-Sep – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
10-Sep – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
13-Sep – St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag
14-Sep – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
17-Sep – Racine, WI @ Route 20
20-Sep – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
22-Sep – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
23-Sep – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
25-Sep – Pittsburgh, PA @ Enclave
26-Sep – Red Bank, NJ @ The Vogel
28-Sep – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
29-Sep – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
1-Oct – Marietta, OH @ “The Adelphia Music Hall (Summer Concert Series)”
2-Oct – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

More information on Myles Kenndy’s upcoming tour is available along with all of Kennedy’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://myleskennedy.com

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‘Redemption’ Is A Strong First Outing For ‘The CEO’

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Hard rock band The CEO is scheduled to release its debut album this week.  The band, which features Sevendust bassist Vince Hornsby as one of its members – is scheduled to release its new album, Redemption Friday through Rat Pack Records.  The label is also home to King’s X member DuG Pinnick’s side project KXM.  The 12-song record is a positive first impression from the band.  Its success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements adds its own appeal to the album and will be discussed a little later.  The sequencing of that collective content brings that content together and completes the album’s presentation.  It will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Redemption a promising start for The CEO.

The CEO’s debut album, Redemption, is a positive first outing for the up-and-coming hard rock band.  That is proven in part through the musical arrangements that make up the album’s 45-minute body.  The arrangements boast an overall sound and stylistic approach that easily lend themselves to comparison to works from Sevendust, as well as The Veer Union and Alter Bridge.  That applies even in the album’s one softer moment, ‘Black Hearts.’  It should be noted that while the album’s arrangements bear the noted similarity to works from the aforementioned bands, the works here still boast their own unique identity.  That is due not only to the work of Hornsby, but also that of his band mates – Chase Brown and Beau Anderson (guitars), Mack Mullins (vocals), and Joseph Herman (drums). Case in point is the album’s closer, ‘Alone and Dead.’  The heaviness of the noted bands is on full display throughout this song thanks to the band’s work and that of those behind the boards.  At the same time, there is also a certain late 80s/early 90s hair metal sound infused into the arrangement in the verses.  The subtlety of that element alongside the heavier, modern hard rock sound here makes the song its own strong presentation.

‘Dirty Tragic,’ which comes just before the album’s midpoint, is another example of the importance of the album’s musical arrangements.  As with ‘Alone and Dead,’ the noted hard rock influences are on full display here.  At the same time though, the band also presents an evident blues-rock type sound and stylistic approach to pair with that hard rock influence.  It is comparable to works from the likes of Shinedown and Three Days Grace.  The whole of the arrangement is a rich, engaging and enjoyable work that does its own part to show the ability of the band to make its own unique songs, even with the evident influence of other more well-known bands.

‘Alive’ is yet another example of the expert fashion in which the members of The CEO balanced its heavier influences with its own approach.  The depth of the bass, guitars, and drums is on full display once more here.  At the same time, there is something in the staccato nature in which the group plays and the melodic choruses that give the arrangement even more of its own identity.  It is an interesting dichotomy of sound and style that because of its subtlety, makes the song just as notable as the others examined here.  When these songs and the others featured throughout the album are considered together, they make the album’s overall musical content reason enough for audiences to hear the album.  Of course the album’s musical content is only part of the reason that audiences will enjoy the album.  Its lyrical content is familiar and accessible, making for even more reason to hear the record.

The familiarity and accessibility in the album’s lyrical content is made clear in the album’s lead single/title track.  The song features what comes across as a discussion about the importance of taking accountability for the choices we make in life.  This is inferred right from the song’s outset as Mullins sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Divide and conquer us in two/Feed the hate to the starved that you rule/Thy will be done/And now we’re done/Rise of the dead/The love, the hate, the sex, the truth/The jealousies that make us fools Redemption/Redemption.”  Here Mullins comes across as addressing how we separate ourselves and allow ourselves to be controlled by extraneous forces, which in itself plays into the choices we make.  The statement grows and evolves in the second verse, which finds Mullins singing, “Blind faith judgement is for fools (fools)/Control and trust are the enemies’ tools (fools)/Fake is the trend/This time it ends/Rise of the dead/The love, the hate, the sex, the truth/The jealousies that make us fools/Wake up this time/The choice, the chance, the last to lose Our legacy is our choice.”  That final statement, telling audiences to “wake up this time/The choice, the chance, the last to lose/Our legacy is our choice” is a strong reminder that we make our own decisions in what we do, and we need to hold ourselves accountable for those choices.  This is of course just this critic’s interpretation.  If in fact it is somewhere in the proverbial ball park, then that familiar theme will certainly resonate with audiences, in a unique fashion at that.  It is just one example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. 

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Black Hearts’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  In the case of this song, it takes on the all-too-familiar topic of a broken relationship.  This is made clear right from the song’s outset as Mullins sings, “This was never good/And we knew/But I wasn’t built for goodbyes/I turn and walk away/Just for you/’Cause I know we won’t change our minds/We have to hold on/It’s time to go/Love doesn’t stay/Where it don’t belong/Meeting you was my first mistake.”  What is interesting here is the mournful manner in which these lyrics are delivered.  Normally, such content conjures thoughts of frustration, but instead, Mullins and company opted to present this in such more emotional fashion.  It presents the song’s subject as placing the blame for the relationship’s end on his own shoulders. The song’s subject even keeps the blame on himself here.  It really makes for an interesting approach to an all-too-familiar lyrical theme.  That it is presented more in a rueful fashion than the more fiery delivery that audiences might expect makes it that much more interesting.  It makes the theme just one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content. 

Along with ‘Black Hearts’ and ‘Redemption,’ ‘Alive’ is yet another strong example of the importance of this album’s lyrical content.  Not having a lyrics sheet to reference makes deciphering the song’s lyrics somewhat difficult.  However, just enough can be understood that it can be inferred that this song is meant to deliver an uplifting message of confidence and hope.  This is inferred as Mullins sings in the song’s chorus, “It don’t/Matter who you are/Believe and you’ll go far/When fear/You decide to face….”  Again much of the song’s lyrics are tough to understand without a lyrics sheet to reference, but this brief statement in itself to know this song is meant to be something positive.  The mention of dying with “memories/Not just hopes and dreams/You were born with all you need” adds even more to that interpretation.  Considering all of this, the more than likely uplifting nature of this song’s lyrical content serves even more to show the importance of the record’s lyrical themes.  When it is considered along with the other noted lyrical themes and those not directly examined here, the whole leaves no doubt as to the importance of the record’s lyrical content.  When the record’s lyrical and musical content are combined, they make for even more reason for audiences to hear this record.  The sequencing of that content brings everything together here and completes the record’s presentation.

Redemption’s sequencing is important to note because of its role in keeping the record’s content varied.  From beginning to end, the sequencing ensures the record’s lyrical themes change just as much as the stylistic changes in the album’s musical arrangements.  That in itself ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  At the same time, the sequencing also keeps the album’s overall energy stable from beginning to end.  There are brief moments within certain songs in which the album pulls back, but those moments are very brief at the most.  Even in the album’s most reserved moment in ‘Black Hearts,’ the energy doesn’t pull back but so much.  Overall, what audiences get thanks to the sequencing is a record whose energy remains high and stable.  Keeping that in mind along with the album’s overall content, the album in whole proves itself to be an impressive addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums that deserves to be heard.

The CEO’s debut album Redemption is a positive start for the band.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question bear noticeable influence from some more well-known hard rock counterparts of the band.  The thing is that the band does not just rip off those bands’ sounds.  Rather it successfully blends those influences with its own sounds and approaches to make the record’s musical content in whole reason enough to take in the album.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are diverse in their own right, and are also accessible.  That makes for even more engagement and entertainment.  The sequencing of that overall content brings everything together and completes the album’s presentation.  It ensures that the album’s content changes from one song to the next while also keeping the album’s energy stable from beginning to end, putting the final touch to the album’s presentation.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Redemption a strong addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.  The album is scheduled for release Friday through Rat Pack Records.  More information on Redemption is available along with all of The CEO’s latest news and more at:

Website: https://theceoband.com

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Forget Fear, Audiences Will Welcome Myles Kennedy’s Latest Solo LP

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Myles Kennedy either is the type who refuses to rest easy on his laurels or just cannot stand to be idle.  Between his work with Alter Bridge, his recordings with Slash, and his own solo work, Kennedy has released no less than 10 albums.  Alter Bridge’s latest album Walk The Sky was his latest record with that act, in 2019.  He released two records in 2018, one with Slash (Living the Dream), and the other being his then latest solo record, Year of the Tiger.  Alter Bridge followed up Walk the Sky with the live EP, Walk The Sky 2.0 in 2019.  Now Friday, Kennedy will follow up all of that content with the release of another record, his latest solo record, Ides of March.  The 11-song record is a presentation that shows despite Kennedy being so busy, he has not lost his step.  The record has already produced a handful of singles, each of which are impressive in their own right.  They are just a portion of what makes Kennedy’s new album so strong.  The album’s closer, ‘Worried Mind,’ is another example of what makes Ides of March succeed.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Moonshot,’ a late entry to the record, is also a prime example of what makes Kennedy’s new album work so well.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘In Stride,’ which comes early in the album’s 53-minute run, is one more example of what audiences have to expect from Ides of March.  When these songs are considered along with the album’s already released singles and the rest of the record’s songs, the whole makes Ides of March well-deserving of its own spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock albums.

Myles Kennedy’s latest solo record (only his second solo record), is a sign that the Alter Bridge front man has not lost a single step.  That is despite keeping himself so busy over the years.  This record’s musical and lyrical content is just as strong as anything that he has crafted as a member of Alter Bridge and alongside Slash.  As a matter of fact, the singles that the album has already released show this record to be quite the departure for Kennedy in comparison to those works.  They are just some of the songs that show the album’s strength.  ‘Worried Mind,’ which closes out the album, is another way in which the album shows the album’s strength.  The song’s arrangement – like those in the rest of the album – is unlike anything that Alter Bridge has crafted.  Not to be confused with the version made so popular by George Jones and Ray Charles, it is a bluesy ballad that starts off gently before moving in more of a Mississippi Delta Blues style composition tinged with some rock influence added for good measure.  The whole sounds like it would be an odd combination, but is in fact quite the interesting, subtle composition that is sure to engage and entertain listeners in its own right.  It is just part of what makes the song stand out.  The message of reassurance that the song’s lyrical content delivers is pure blues and rock, and will move listeners in its own right.

The positive message in the song’s lyrical content is delivered right from the song’s outset as Kennedy sings, “Don’t be scared/Do not cry/Things will get better/Just give it time/Let me hold you/Let me ease your worried mind/Let your fears/Drift and die/If for a moment/If for the night/Let me show you/Let me ease your worried mind.”  Increasingly, this sounds more like a love song, which would make sense considering the ballad-esque approach to the song’s arrangement.  Kennedy continues in the song’s second verse, “You can run/You can hide/But please remember/If you give it time…Let it ease your worried mind.”  There is one line in that verse that is difficult to decipher sans lyrics.  That aside, the central message is still clear.  This is a man who wants to be there for his woman and help her.  It is a love song and a blues song in one that assures listeners’ engagement and entertainment in its own powerful way.  Together with the song’s infectious blues-rock hybrid arrangement, the song in whole proves in its own way why Ides of March is a strong new offering from Myles Kennedy.  It is just one of the songs not yet used as a single that accomplishes that goal, either.  ‘Moonshot’ is another example of how much audiences have to anticipate from Kennedy’s new album.

‘Moonshot’ takes Kennedy in a direction completely opposite of ‘Worried Mind’ in its musical arrangement.  Right from the opening bars of the song, which barely tops the five-minute mark, audiences get a clear country-western vibe.  That country western sound remains throughout the song, making itself mostly known in the song’s choruses.  That sound and stylistic approach, against Kennedy’s more rock style sound here, makes for another standout musical work.  That is especially the case as Kennedy’s vocal delivery is added to the mix.  When the song’s fully immersive musical arrangement pairs with the composition’s equally powerful lyrical content, the whole becomes even more memorable.

Kennedy opens the song, singing, “I remember when/We were suiting up again/Before the end of time/We were/Living in a dream/That never seemed to cease/Never asking why/Over and over again/We took so much for granted/Still we refused to give in to the fate we’d been handed/And now it’s a moonshot/We can’t stop/Until we get back to the stars/If it’s the last chance/Then take my hand/If there’s a miracle left in your heart/It can’t be that far.”  This comes across as a sort of introspective statement that finds the song’s subject looking warmly on the past and just as optimistically to the future in terms of life in general.  The seeming statement continues in the song’s second verse as Kennedy sings, “There is joy beyond your tears/Take comfort/I am here/Let me show the way/There’s no purpose/There’s no plane/But I don’t give a damn/As long as you’re okay/Over and over again/WE took so much for granted/But still I refuse to give in/To the fate that we’ve been handed/Yes, it’s a moonshot/WE can’t stop/Until we get back to the stars/If it’s the last chance/Then take my hand/If there’s a miracle left to be found/It’s a matter of time.”  Overall, this song seems to be one of those songs that reminisces about the past and friendships more than any romantic story line.  This is even though it could be construed to be just another love song.  This story and its unique delivery works with the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement to make the song in whole yet another example of what makes Ides of March such an enjoyable work in whole.  It is just one more example of what audiences have to anticipate from the album. 

‘In Stride’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangements.  As with the other songs examined here, this song’s musical arrangement stands out separate from those works and from the rest of the album’s arrangements.  In the case of ‘In Stride,’ the arrangement is a distinct southern rock presentation that will appeal just as much to fans of that genre as to Alter Bridge fans.  It is a catchy, mid-tempo composition.  The catchy nature of the song’s musical arrangement works with its lyrical content to make it even more appealing.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘In Stride’ needs little explanation because it is such a straight forward statement.  It is a statement that, as the title infers, encourages people to just take life as it comes and not stress the little things.  This is pointed out right in the song’s chorus, in which Kennedy sings, “Cool down, baby…Sometimes you’ve gotta just let go and open your mind/Just take it all in stride.”  That is the heart of the song’s message and makes that message clear, again.  For those who might disagree, Kennedy adds to the statement in the song’s lead verse as he sings, “You can panic…impending doom is always all it takes/One day you wake up/It’ll be too late/You didn’t take it all in stride/You can tremble as you fear for your life/You can bitch about the sign of the times/But the truth is that you gotta decide/If you’re only wasting your life.”  This makes fully clear, the message here.  It continues in similar fashion in the song’s second verse, too, so there is no need to proceed there.  This is a song that tells all those worrywarts and panic freaks out there to just calm down and take life as it comes.  The events that have happened this week are proof that there are a lot of people who need to learn to take life in stride, too.  One can only hope that those nutjobs will take this overall statement to heart.  When this accessible message pairs with the song’s equally infectious musical arrangement, the song in whole proves even more why it stands out.  When the song works with the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s songs (including its existing singles), the whole makes Ides of March a presentation that audiences will have no reason to fear.

Myles Kennedy’s sophomore solo album, Ides of March is a strong new offering from the Alter Bridge front man.  It is a work that is certain to expand Kennedy’s audience base.  That is proven through its musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  Each song’s arrangement shows a different side of Kennedy and collectively shows the reach of his influences and abilities.  The songs’ lyrical themes are just as accessible because they touch on topics to which any listener will relate.  All three of the songs examined here do plenty to support the noted statements just as much as the album’s singles and the rest of the album’s works.  All things considered, they make the album one of this year’s best new rock albums.  Ides of March is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of Kennedy’s latest news at:

Website: https://myleskennedy.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MylesKennedy

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Mason Hill Is Off To A Strong Start With Its Debut LP

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Independent rock band Mason Hill is keeping itself quite busy this year.  The band recently announced that it is scheduled to launch a new series of live dates this fall.  The band is also scheduled to release its cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘The Best of You’ Friday.  This is all following the release of the band’s debut album Against the Wall just last month.  Released March 5 through 7Hz Productions, the 12-song record could be a breakout for the band, given the right support.  That is due in part to the record’s musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements build on the foundation formed by that content.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Against the Wall unquestionably among the best of 2021’s new rock and independent albums.

Mason Hill’s debut album Against the Wall is a very strong start for the up-and-coming UK-based outfit.  That is due in part to the record’s featured musical arrangements.  From start to end, the 46-minute record’s musical arrangements hold their own against anything that America’s mainstream/active rock radio stations are playing.  The driving guitar lines and their melodies, the solid time keeping, and rich bass and drums create sounds and stylistic approaches from one song to the next that immediately lend themselves to comparisons to works from bands, such as Alter Bridge, Shinedown, and Theory of a Deadman.  Every arrangement here holds its own against any of those bands’ songs.  Whether it be the album’s powerful yet contemplative title track, the more fiery single, ‘D.N.A.,’ or even the brooding, contemplative ‘Where I Belong,’ the range of styles and sounds lines up easily with those of the works from the noted more well-known bands.  To that end, the arrangements featured throughout this record form a solid foundation for its presentation.  Building on that foundation is the lyrical content that accompanies the musical content.

The lyrical content that is featured throughout Against the Wall is just as accessible as the record’s musical arrangements.  Case in point for instance is the lyrical theme featured in ‘Find My Way.’  The song’s title makes the theme clear, while the lyrics just as easily explain the song’s message.  In this case, the message is that of breaking out on one’s own and making one’s life for one’s self.  The subject sings about being done with another person and his/her negative influence, and…well…finding his own way.  This is made clear as front man Scott Taylor sings in the song’s chorus, “I wait for you/To  let me go/So I can find my way/This time I’m sure/You’ve  got nowhere else to go/I wait for..”  He gets even firmer in the refrain, singing, “You always criticized me/You never see what I see/I won’t always wait for you/Your  life’s so hypnotizing/My mind’s so indecisive/I won’t always wait for you.”  This brief amount of content speaks volumes here.  It is, again, a statement of someone taking control of his/her life, and no longer letting someone else impact what happens.  This is a statement that will resonate with any listener, especially when it is considered along with the infectious energy and sound of the song’s musical arrangement.

‘Broken Son’ is another example of what makes the album’s lyrical content stand out just as much as its musical accompaniment.  This clearly contemplative rumination seems to deliver its own unique message of empowerment.  In this case, the message in question seems to center on someone who is refusing to let the impact of his familial past ruin the rest of his life.  This is inferred in the song’s lead verse and chorus, which state, “There’s nothing wrong with me/I just cannot see the way you used to be/And now this scene in my head/Is better off dead/With all my memories/So I say/This time I’m fixing what I’ve   done/They say it’s always my own fault/That’s all I hear/When you say my mind’s been drifting all the time/I think that you’re telling me another lie/That’s all I hear/I’m chasing all the things I’ve done/I’m learning how to be the one/This time I know/I’m letting go/I’m not your broken son.”  As noted, this lead statement comes across as being spoken from someone who is looking back at his life but empowering himself through personal realizations in his retrospection.  The seeming message continues in the song’s second verse, stating, “So worry me this way/Don’t make me be  the man  who lost it  all  today/And no w I’m  broken and scared/Now watch me pretend/I got it figured out/Well  here I am/This time I’m fixing  what I’ve done/they always  say it’s always my own fault/That’s all I hear/When you say/My mind’s  been  drifting all  the time/I think you’re telling me another lie.”  Again, here is that self re-assurance from the song’s subject.  Regardless of the commonality of a situation, such as that presented here, there are those audiences to whom this song will resonate.  When the song’s infectious musical arrangement pairs with that accessible in its own right lyrical theme, the whole shows even more why the record’s musical and lyrical content together is so powerful for   the album’s presentation.  It is just one more case in which this is proven.  ‘Where I Belong’ is yet another way in which the record’s lyrical content proves to be just as important as its featured musical arrangements.

‘Where I Belong’ is another key example of the importance of Against the Wall’s lyrical content because of the vulnerability that it exhibits in comparison to the confidence exhibited in the other examined songs.  It shows the band’s ability to reach listeners’ in a variety of emotional levels.  While the song’s title comes across as being somewhat existential, the reality here is anything but.  Rather this song is a familiar rock ballad style work that is (and many audiences might not like this) very much in the overly saccharine sweet vein of certain songs from Nickelback and Creed.  This is inferred in the song’s lead verse   and chorus, which states, “I sail through life/My eyes are closed/The memories are forgotten/The past has gone/The wind cries out your name/It’s calling me home/Yet I follow/Which has no name/Carry me home/Through fire and rain/Lay before your feet/My struggle/Is in vain/Yet I know/There is somewhere I belong/And it’s where I’m meant to be/Carry me home/To somewhere I belong.”  The super sweet ballad continues in its second verse, “The smile on your face/The stars in the sky/Let me know I’m closer/Can you see/The hope in my eyes?/Carry my home/Through fire and rain/Laid before your feet/My struggle is in vain/’Cause I know/There is somewhere I belong/And it’s where I’m meant to be/Carry me home/To somewhere I belong.”  Yes, this is one of those over-the-top arena rock style ballads in regards to its musical and lyrical content.  That aside, the fact that it is such a departure for the band in comparison to the rest of the album’s content, it is one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content just as much as its musical content.  It is another accessible lyrical theme and it is different from the other themes featured throughout the album.  To that end, it is just one more way in which the album’s lyrical content proves so important.  When this song’s   lyrical content and that featured in the other songs examined here is considered along with that of the rest of the album’s entries, the whole leaves no doubt as to the role of the album’s lyrical themes in its overall presentation.  Even with all of this in mind, the lyrical content is just one more part of what makes Against the Wall work.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production that went into Against the Wall is important to examine because of its role in the album’s general effect.  Whether in the album’s high-energy moments or its more contemplative moments, the production plays a key part in making sure each song has the fullest effect.  That work succeeds, too.  The instruments are balanced expertly with one another.  At the same time, the vocals are just as well-balanced with the instrumentation, making sure that no one part overpowers another at any point in the record’s presentation.  The dynamics in each song do well to help evoke the intended thoughts and emotions from listeners, which is itself a tribute to the impact of the production.  All things considered, the production puts the finishing touch to the album’s overall presentation.  When it is considered along with the impact of the album’s musical and lyrical content, that whole makes the album overall a work that holds its own well against any work from Mason Hill’s more well-known mainstream rock counterparts.

Mason Hill’s debut album Against the Wall is a strong start for the up-and-coming rock/hard rock band.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content, which separately and collectively prove quite accessible.  The infectious musical arrangements appeal to fans of works from the likes of Alter Bridge, Shinedown, and even Theory of a Deadman while the record’s lyrical themes are even more widely appealing.  The album’s production brings everything together, putting the final touch to the album’s presentation.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Against the Wall a surprise hit that is among the best of this year’s new rock and independent albums.  Against the Wall is available now.

European audiences will get to hear lots of music from the band’s new album this fall when the band hits the road. The band’s tentative tour schedule is noted below. Ticket information is available here.

Tour Dates:
09/02 @ Tunnels – Aberdeen, Scotland
09/03 @ Garage – Glasgow, Scotland
09/04 @ Macarts – Galashiels, Scotland
09/09 @ Grand Social – Dublin, Ireland
09/10 @ Voodoo – Belfast, Ireland
09/14 @ Junction 2 – Cambridge, England
09/15 @ Corporation – Sheffield, England
09/16 @ Fleece – Bristol, England
09/17 @ Patterns – Brighton, England
09/18 @ Leos – Gravesend, England (Sold Out)
09/20 @ Globe – Cardiff, Wales
09/21 @ Joiners – Southampton, England
09/22 @ Nightrain – Bradford, England
09/23 @ Waterloo Music Bar – Blackpool
09/24 @ Underworld – London, England
09/25 @ Rebellion – Manchester, England
09/26 @ KK’s Steel Mill – Wolverhampton, England

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Myles Kennedy Announces New LP Release Date, Specs; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy will tentatively release his new solo record this spring.

Kennedy is scheduled to release his sophomore solo album, The Ides of March on May 14 through Napalm Records. Pre-orders are open. The 11-song record will be released on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

The Ides Of March will be available in the following formats:
– Digital Album
– 1 CD Jewel Case
– 1 CD Digipack (Napalm mailorder, limited to 500 worldwide)
– 2 LP Gatefold Black Vinyl
– 2 LP Gatefold Gray Vinyl 
– 2 LP Gatefold Bottle Green Transparent Vinyl (Napalm mailorder, limited to 400 worldwide)
– Die Hard Limited Edition: 2 LP Gatefold Clear Splatter Mint/Violet/White Vinyl + Aluminum Print (Napalm mailorder, limited to 300 worldwide)
– Limited Deluxe Box: Glow In The Dark Vinyl + Cover Artprint + 7” Glow In The Dark “A Thousand Words” Vinyl Demo Single + Pendant + Slipmat (Napalm mailorder, limited to 700 worldwide)

The Ides Of March tracklisting:

1) Get Along                           
2) A Thousand Words
3) In Stride
4) The Ides of March
5) Wake Me When It’s Over
6) Love Rain Down
7) Tell It Like It Is
8) Moonshot
9) Wanderlust Begins
10) Sifting Through The Fire
11) Worried Mind

In anticipation of the album’s release, Kennedy debuted the album’s lead single, ‘In Stride’ Tuesday, along with the song’s companion video. The video is presented stylistically in the same fashion as Alter Bridge’s video for its single ‘Native Son,’ with origami style visuals used to address everything going on in the world as Kennedy sings over the whole, reminding audiences they need to just calm down.

Those words of wisdom sit at the heart of the song’s lyrical theme, according to Kennedy himself.

“Chill out. That pretty much sums it up,” he said.  “The lyric paints a picture of a survivalist preparing for an impending zombie apocalypse. It was inspired by the first wave of lockdowns as everyone was buying vast amounts of toilet paper and supplies. I started to ask myself if it might be wise to try and gain some perspective and not overreact… keep calm and carry on.”

More information on Myles Kennedy’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of his latest news at:

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Small Town Titans Debuts ‘Let Me Breathe’ Video

Courtesy: AntiFragile Music

Small Town Titans debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Let Me Breathe‘ Friday. The song and its video are the seventh from the band’s new album The Ride. The single’s premiere follows the debut of the album’s other singles: ‘Rufflin’ Feathers,’ ‘Junkie For You,’ ‘Universal Limits,’ ‘The Man,’ ‘9 to 5‘ and a cover of Marcy Playground’s ‘Sex and Candy.’

The Ride is available to stream and download here.

‘Let Me Breathe’ is the most Alter Bridge-esque song featured in The Ride in terms of its musical arrangement.  That is made clear through the combination of the song’s instrumentation and Freeman’s vocal delivery style.  Even the choruses play out like a mirror image to Alter Bridge’s work.  That is not necessarily a bad thing because the work still maintains its own identity despite the clear comparison.  It is just one part of what makes the song worth examining.  The song’s lyrical theme adds its own touvh to the work.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Let Me Breathe’ comes across as a familiar story of one’s battle with one’s inner self. The band confirmed that to a point in a prepared statement, which notes, “Let Me Breathe is about facing the music, and acknowledging, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn so beautifully puts “…the line that separates good and evil right through every human heart.”

This is a familiar lyrical theme for so much music, not just rock.  It is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus, in which Freeman sings, “There’s a game of hide and seek tonight/Between my shadow and I/And it starves for something greater now/As I sit here satisfied/It whispers in my ear and tries/To sell my soul for things that I don’t need/It seems it won’t stop until I break/Especially when I start to speak/Let me breathe as I try to clear the weight inside/As I find my saving grace this time/Cause the hunger never fades /No the hunger never fades/Let me be as I try to steal away this night/As I try to clear the weight inside/Cause the hunger never fades/No the hunger never fades/Let me breathe as I try to clear a space inside.”  That inner battle theme is made just as clear in the song’s second verse, in which Freeman sings, “This game we play is zero sum/There’s no winner and no higher ground/But at least these words they save my pain/From this battle to which I’m bound/I say/Trust me you don’t want any of this/Trust me you don’t want any of this/Trust me you don’t want any of these empty lies/So get behind me and follow the leader/Get behind me and follow the leader/Don’t forget your place and remember why.”  The existential message is confirmed without doubt in the song’s third and final verse, which states, “And I hope to God that this saves you too/Cause we all have shadows in our minds/And all they want is everything and all we have is time/And all that we can try to do is lead them to the light.”  Overall, the song’s message is one of hope for listeners, reminding audiences that those shadows can be eliminated and that we can breathe again.  This is a positive message that will resonate with listeners every day.  When it is couple with the song’s radio ready musical arrangement, the whole of the song becomes a work that every listener will appreciate.  When the song is considered with the others examined here, the album’s current singles, and its one remaining song, the whole of this record proves to be a “rock solid” (yes, that awful pun was intended, too) album.

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‘The Ride’ Has Small Town Titans Poised To Be One Of Rock’s Next Big Names

Courtesy: AntiFragile Music

Small Town Titans has, over the course of the past two years, become quite a big deal in the rock community.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  From its surprise hit cover of the holiday song ‘You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ to original songs, such as ‘Dragonfly,’ ‘Devil’s Choir,’ and ‘War Cry’ to other equally popular covers and originals, this band has made quite a name for itself, and it has done so with the least amount of label help.  Now on Friday, the band will take its next step forward on its journey with the release of its new album The Ride.  The album has already spawned six singles ahead of its release – more than half of its album.  As much as they do to show what makes this album so appealing, they are only a portion of what makes the album stand out. ‘Behind The Moon’ is another notable addition to the album.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘When It All Comes Down’ does its own share, too, to show the album’s strength.  It will be discussed a little later.  Much the same can be said of ‘Let Me Breath,’ which comes just ahead of the album’s midpoint.  It will also be discussed later.  When all three of these noted songs are considered along with the noted singles and the one remaining unmentioned song from this record, the whole proves to be a presentation that, given the right support, could finally be that record that breaks this band into the mainstream.

Small Town Titans has, ever since its inception, been one of the rock and hard rock communities’ best kept secrets.  Its star has quickly risen since 2018 though, and now with the pending release of its new album The Ride, the secret could finally be out about this outstanding band.  The six singles that the album has already produced have more than proven that true.  They are only some of its notable works, though.  ‘Behind The Moon,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is notable in its own right.  That is due in no small part its musical arrangement.  The arrangement in question forms the song’s foundation.  What makes it so interesting is that between the harmonies and guitar lines, audiences get a song that crosses elements of modern/active rock and a clear classic rock influence for its whole.  One could argue that there are touches of Queen and The Allman Brothers Band mixed along with something more modern along the lines of Alter Bridge, for the same of comparison.  When that musical presentation is coupled with the song’s clearly uplifting lyrical content, the song in whole gains even more traction.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Behind The Moon’ is that of being willing to take risks and make the most of life.  That is evidenced clearly in the song’s chorus, in which front man Phil Freeman sings, “The sun don’t shine/When you stand behind the moon.” The message is made even clearer as he sings in the song’s lead verse, “I was walking on the other side of the moon/Looking for another sign of life/I was trying/To buy another man’s dreams/In exchange for something nice/Then I saw it /I saw it coming from miles away/Then I saw it/I saw it coming from miles away/The break of day.”  What audiences get here is that message, with Phil stating metaphorically, the song’s subject was trying to be someone and something that he wasn’t.  That is made clear in the statement about trying “To buy another man’s dreams/In exchange for something nice.”  As he continues, the song’s subject notes he saw reality in what he was doing.  The optimistic, uplifting message continues as he sings in the song’s second verse, “There was a fork in the road and no time left/But I finally had a place to go and a reason to live/And from that moment on I flew into space/Towards all those burning stars with a reason to give/And you’ll see me/You’ll see me coming from miles away/Yeah you’ll see me/You’ll see me coming from miles away/To find my place.”  When all of this positive mindset is considered along with the song’s equally upbeat musical arrangement, the whole leaves zero doubt as to what makes it such an appealing addition to The Ride.  It is just one of the additional entries that makes the album so strong.  ‘When It All Comes Down’ is yet another powerful addition to The Ride.

‘When It All Comes Down’ wastes no time catching listeners’ attention once it gets started.  The song’s musical arrangement lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Hellyeah and Dope in its verses.  On the other hand, the choruses once again conjure thoughts of Alter Bridge.  That sounds on paper, like quite the musical contrast, and it is.  At the same time though, Freeman (who plays bass along with handling vocals), drummer Johnny Ross, and guitarist Ben Guiles make the balance work.  The end result is a fiery composition that stands completely on its own musical merits separate from the rest of the album’s works.  That high-energy composition partners well with the song’s lyrical content, which delivers a message of making sure we realize where we set our priorities in life.

The noted message is familiar to rock fans, but interestingly not overly used, which keeps it fresh in this case.  That is even more so in the fashion in which it is delivered.  Freeman sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “You put stock in temporary things/Yet you cry, cry, cry when they fail to make you sing/You miss the forest for the trees/As if you’ll live forever and never bleed/Forever and never bleed/Ring around the dollar/Pocket full of power/Ashes to ashes/It all falls down/Ring around the dollar/Pocket full of greed /Ashes to ashes /As we all bleed/Tell me what it’s worth/When it all comes down/When it all comes down/Tell me what it’s worth/When it all comes down/When it all comes tumbling down.”  The message is just as stark and powerful in the song’s second verse, which finds Freeman singing, “No one’s gonna save you better than yourself/No one’s gonna steal your soul better than/your wealth/Put two and two together/And measure out the way they make you feel/Feel, feel, feel.”  This message is a statement of which listeners need to be reminded daily.  We put our focus on all the wrong things so often, and we need to step back and make sure we know what is really important in life.  When this loudly echoing statement is coupled with the power in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole of the song leaves no doubt why it is yet another notable addition to The Ride.  It certainly is not the last of the album’s most notable works.  ‘Let Me Breathe’ is one more song worth examining here.

‘Let Me Breathe’ is the most Alter Bridge-esque song featured in The Ride in terms of its musical arrangement.  That is made clear through the combination of the song’s instrumentation and Freeman’s vocal delivery style.  Even the choruses play out like a mirror image to Alter Bridge’s work.  That is not necessarily a bad thing because the work still maintains its own identity despite the clear comparison.  It is just one part of what makes the song worth examining.  The song’s lyrical theme adds its own touvh to the work.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Let Me Breathe’ comes across as a familiar story of one’s battle with one’s inner self.  This is a familiar lyrical theme for so much music, not just rock.  It is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus, in which Freeman sings, “There’s a game of hide and seek tonight/Between my shadow and I/And it starves for something greater now/As I sit here satisfied/It whispers in my ear and tries/To sell my soul for things that I don’t need/It seems it won’t stop until I break/Especially when I start to speak/Let me breathe as I try to clear the weight inside/As I find my saving grace this time/Cause the hunger never fades /No the hunger never fades/Let me be as I try to steal away this night/As I try to clear the weight inside/Cause the hunger never fades/No the hunger never fades/Let me breathe as I try to clear a space inside.”  That inner battle theme is made just as clear in the song’s second verse, in which Freeman sings, “This game we play is zero sum/There’s no winner and no higher ground/But at least these words they save my pain/From this battle to which I’m bound/I say/Trust me you don’t want any of this/Trust me you don’t want any of this/Trust me you don’t want any of these empty lies/So get behind me and follow the leader/Get behind me and follow the leader/Don’t forget your place and remember why.”  The existential message is confirmed without doubt in the song’s third and final verse, which states, “And I hope to God that this saves you too/Cause we all have shadows in our minds/And all they want is everything and all we have is time/And all that we can try to do is lead them to the light.”  Overall, the song’s message is one of hope for listeners, reminding audiences that those shadows can be eliminated and that we can breathe again.  This is a positive message that will resonate with listeners every day.  When it is couple with the song’s radio ready musical arrangement, the whole of the song becomes a work that every listener will appreciate.  When the song is considered with the others examined here, the album’s current singles, and its one remaining song, the whole of this record proves to be a “rock solid” (yes, that awful pun was intended, too) album.

Small Town Titans is on the verge of becoming a big name in the rock community.  The band’s forthcoming album The Ride leaves zero doubt as to that statement’s truth.  Its musical arrangements and its lyrical themes collectively fully support the noted statements.  That is proven clearly in all three of the songs examined here as well as through the album’s existing singles.  When that collective is considered with the album’s one remaining work, the whole of the album proves itself a memorable musical “ride.”  The Ride is scheduled for release Friday through AntiFragile Music.

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Alter Bridge Debuts ‘Last Rites’ Lyric Video

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Alter Bridge debuted the video lyric video for its new single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Last Rites,’ which is featured in the band’s new live recording Walk The Sky 2.0. The recording is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.

The record will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Walk The Sky 2.0 will be available in the following formats:
-Jewelcase CD
-Jewelcase CD + Shirt (Napalm Records Mailorder only, ex-North America)
-Cream Vinyl LP Gatefold
-Inkspot Yellow/Black Marbled Vinyl LP Gatefold (Napalm Records Mailorder only, ltd to 150 copies in North America)
-2-CD Earbook [+Walk The Sky(Napalm Records Mailorder only, ltd to 300 copies)
-Digital Album [+Walk The Sky]

‘Last Rites’ is the recording’s sole studio recording, while its other recordings all live material.

‘Last Rites’ was written, recorded and produced this year during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.  The song captures a lot of the energy and mindset of everything happening today as a result of the pandemic.  That is presented in part through the song’s heavy, guitar-driven arrangement.  While the musical arrangement featured in this composition is mostly what audiences have come to expect from Alter Bridge, the song will also appeal to fans of Alice in Chains.  That is because there are moments throughout the arrangement echo the dual vocal approach for which Alice in Chains came to be known over the years.  The pairing of these two elements make for quite the engaging and entertaining work in its own right.  When the musical arrangement is paired with the song’s equally hard hitting lyrical theme, the song gains even more impact.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Last Rites’ comes across as a social statement of sorts.  That is especially in the song’s chorus, in which front man Myles Kennedy sings, “The future’s all but written” before telling listeners to prepare for the death of their way of life.  Going backward, he sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’ve seen the future/Yeah/The writing’s on the wall/And it don’t’ look that good to me/Tear out the sutures put in place to save us all/Well that’s your right/But wait and see/You don’t know where this goes/Wait until tomorrow/You don’t know/Where this goes/One day you will see.”  This points at a statement that perhaps people need to be sure of what they are doing before they go and do it.  This is inferred just as much in the song’s second verse, which finds Kennedy singing, “Protest the boundaries/Put in place that hold you down/Scream in defiance/Storm the gates…In the end you’ll seal our fate.”  From here Kennedy and company return to the song’s chorus, which reminds listeners that “the future’s all but set in stone…there’s no time to wallow in the undertow.”  Again, this hints at a message of being sure we know what we are doing and why, whether it be in reaction to everything going on in the world’s current age or any other time.  This is purely this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Regardless, what can be inferred from this is that the song is clearly a commentary, and a hard hitting one at that.

Alter Bridge’s lyric video for ‘Last Rites’ is just its latest video. The band debuted the video for its song ‘Native Son‘ last month. That song is featured in the band’s album Walk The Sky, which was released last year.

The stop motion style video was created by Stefano Bertelli.  It uses origami along with stop motion to tell the song’s story and opens in the old west town of Deadwood.  The town eventually crumbles away and is replaced by a futuristic city, and at the center of it all is an unidentified figure who is struggling to survive through all of the changes. The visualization is meant to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical content, whose chorus finds front man Myles Kennedy singing, “I’m a native son in a foreign land/I’m just living in a world I can’t understand.”

More information on Walk The Sky 2.0 and Alter Bridge’s new single and video is available online now at:

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Alter Bridge’s New Live Recording Leaves Listeners Wanting More In The Best Way Possible

Courtesy: Napalm Records

With live, in-person concerts all but extinct thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic, lots of acts are doing their part this year to help audiences get their live music fix.  Between drive-in concerts and live recordings, audiences are getting their fix thanks to the noted efforts.  Veteran hard rock band Alter Bridge is just the latest in the mass of musical acts to help keep live music alive.  The band is scheduled to release its new live recording Walk The Sky 2.0 Nov. 6 through Napalm Records.  The 31-minute recording is brief, offering up only six live tracks, but it also offers a new studio track.  Each noted element will receive its own attention here.  They are just part of what makes the recording so appealing.  The sequencing of the live content is also worth noting here.  When all three elements are considered together, they make the recording a presentation that while maybe not a full-length live recording, still a success in its own right.

Alter Bridge’s forthcoming live recording Walk The Sky 2.0 is a welcome new presentation from the veteran hard rock band.  It might not be a full-length live recording, but it still does its own share to entertain and engage audiences.  That is proven in part through the six live performances that are featured in the recording.  The live recordings in question are of songs featured in the band’s latest album Walk The Sky.  While the track listing may not be Walk The Sky in its entirety, but it is almost half of the album.  What’s more, audiences get in these live recordings a selection of songs that pulls from the beginning, middle, and end of the album in question.  In other words, the band pulled from as much of the album as possible, rather than focusing on just one portion of the record.  Simply put, the live material featured here overall gives audiences a rich, vivid picture of Walk The Sky.  The only down side to the whole is that Napalm Records’ officials and the band only made this recording, whose songs were captured back in January and February during the band’s live run in support of Walk The Sky, available on CD and digital platforms.  It is unavailable on DVD and Blu-ray.  Maybe in due time.  Getting back on topic, the live songs alone are just a portion of what makes Walk The Sky 2.0 such a successful new live recording from Alter Bridge.  The sequencing of the featured songs plays into the recording’s presentation, too.

Audiences will note in listening to Walk The Sky 2.0 that the sequencing of the performances was very deliberate.  The songs are mostly heavy, save for ‘Godspeed’ and the slightly more amped up ‘In The Deep.’  The first of the pair serves as a good way to break up the recording’s energy while the latter presents itself as a good, gradual crescendo of sorts back to the recording’s initial energy.  The overall effect of the sequencing is that audiences’ engagement and entertainment is that much more ensured throughout.  This element and the recording’s songs themselves join to more than make Walk The Sky 2.0 worth hearing.  They are but a portion of what makes the recording successful, too.  The recording’s featured new studio recording ‘Last Rites’ puts the final touch to its presentation.

‘Last Rites’ was written, recorded and produced this year during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.  The song captures a lot of the energy and mindset of everything happening today as a result of the pandemic.  That is presented in part through the song’s heavy, guitar-driven arrangement.  While the musical arrangement featured in this composition is mostly what audiences have come to expect from Alter Bridge, the song will also appeal to fans of Alice in Chains.  That is because there are moments throughout the arrangement echo the dual vocal approach for which Alice in Chains came to be known over the years.  The pairing of these two elements make for quite the engaging and entertaining work in its own right.  When the musical arrangement is paired with the song’s equally hard hitting lyrical theme, the song gains even more impact.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Last Rites’ comes across as a social statement of sorts.  That is especially in the song’s chorus, in which front man Myles Kennedy sings, “The future’s all but written” before telling listeners to prepare for the death of their way of life.  Going backward, he sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’ve seen the future/Yeah/The writing’s on the wall/And it don’t’ look that good to me/Tear out the sutures put in place to save us all/Well that’s your right/But wait and see/You don’t know where this goes/Wait until tomorrow/You don’t know/Where this goes/One day you will see.”  This points at a statement that perhaps people need to be sure of what they are doing before they go and do it.  This is inferred just as much in the song’s second verse, which finds Kennedy singing, “Protest the boundaries/Put in place that hold you down/Scream in defiance/Storm the gates…In the end you’ll seal our fate.”  From here Kennedy and company return to the song’s chorus, which reminds listeners that “the future’s all but set in stone…there’s no time to wallow in the undertow.”  Again, this hints at a message of being sure we know what we are doing and why, whether it be in reaction to everything going on in the world’s current age or any other time.  This is purely this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Regardless, what can be inferred from this is that the song is clearly a commentary, and a hard hitting one at that.  When it is coupled with the song’s equally heavy musical arrangement, the whole of the song impresses as much as the rest of the band’s catalog.  Additionally, the song shows that the band still has plenty of heaviness and fire under its collective backsides, meaning it gives audiences plenty to expect in the near future from the band, in terms of new studio material, too.  When this is taken into consideration alongside the success of Walk The Sky 2.0’s live material and its sequencing, the whole of the recording becomes a welcome new way for audiences to get their live Alter Bridge fix while also tiding audiences over until the band releases its next studio album or DVD/BD release of Walk The Sky 2.0.

Alter Bridge’s new forthcoming live recording Walk The Sky 2.0 is a successful new offering from the veteran hard rock band.  That is proven in part through the recording’s live material, which all comes from the band’s latest album and performances captured early this year in support of said record.  The sequencing of said songs adds its own special touch to the recording overall.  The sequencing ensures the recording’s energy rises and falls in all of the right moments.  The new studio recording Last Rites puts the finishing touch to the recording, as it is just as powerful musically and lyrically as any of the band’s existing compositions.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make the recording in whole a presentation that any Alter Bridge fan will appreciate, even being available only on digital, vinyl, and CD platforms.

The record will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Walk The Sky 2.0 will be available in the following formats:
-Jewelcase CD
-Jewelcase CD + Shirt (Napalm Records Mailorder only, ex-North America)
-Cream Vinyl LP Gatefold
-Inkspot Yellow/Black Marbled Vinyl LP Gatefold (Napalm Records Mailorder only, ltd to 150 copies in North America)
-2-CD Earbook [+Walk The Sky(Napalm Records Mailorder only, ltd to 300 copies)
-Digital Album [+Walk The Sky]

More information on Walk The Sky 2.0 and Alter Bridge’s new single and video is available online now at:

Websitehttp://www.alterbridge.com

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