When Alter Bridge formally shaped in 2004 as Creed broke up, the band had no thought it will be going sturdy for practically 20 years. However right here they’re in 2023, having lately launched a seventh album, 2022’s Pawns & Kings.
“We didn’t know if we’d be doing Alter Bridge two records later at that point when we first started out,” Mark Tremonti admitted to Heavy Consequence once we lately caught up with the guitarist. “Thank goodness we survived and made it this far.”
That includes three Creed members (Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips) and singer Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge have turn into one in every of exhausting rock’s mainstay teams over the previous 20 years. They’re presently headlining a North American tour with assist from Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH, and have simply added a brand new spring leg that includes particular friends Sevendust. (Choose up tickets by way of Ticketmaster or StubHub).
Pawns & Kings options the hovering melodies and anthemic choruses upon which Alter Bridge have been constructed, however the album additionally veers into new territory with some darkish, edgy numbers.
A kind of darker tracks is the one “Sin After Sin,” which at greater than six minutes lengthy is one in every of Alter Bridge’s most epic tunes so far.
“For ‘Sin After Sin,’ I wanted to write a heavy, slow, groovy, dark and doomy kind of song, because I was listening to music like that at the time,” Tremonti stated. “So, I broke out my guitar and wrote that riff out of the gate, and that riff was the seed planted for that whole song. I spent a month playing that drum loop and writing parts and parts until I felt I had the main parts. Then, I had to go through 60 different parts, and I said, ‘I can’t get rid of this!’ That’s why it’s a six and a half minute song. I didn’t want to eliminate parts. When people ask why we write long songs or what’s the different approach, I think it’s us being possessive about these parts we’ve written and not wanting to cut any.”