Alter Bridge – The Last Hero
Hard Rock | Heavy Metal
Forming from the remnants of Creed, Alter Bridge defied the odds by becoming one of the most interesting and consistently brilliant bands around. It certainly gave frontman Myles Kennedy’s career a massive boost as he is now rightfully considered one of the best rock vocalists of the 21st century. The band’s first three albums made up a great deal of the soundtrack of my youth and provided a veritable banquet of musical delights. Melodic and complex, equally at home with ear splitting riffs and raw emotional ballads the band have produced some of the best rock music of my lifetime. With their previous album Fortress however a few cracks had begun to show and sadly with this latest effort it seems things have gotten worse.
The Last Hero is repetitive, over-produced and simply too long. The tracks certainly have the kind of in-your-face hooks that I’ve come to expect but all too often feel lacklustre and formulaic. A fine example is ‘You Will Be Remembered’ which feels like a cheap facsimile of ‘In Loving Memory’ from their debut, minus the heart and emotion that made the classic track so special. The album shows little variety, the tracks lack a lot of the complexity of the band’s earlier work and a lot of the gritty charm of their music is lost in the production. The Last Hero is by no means a write-off as ‘Cradle to the Grave’ and ‘This Side of Fate’ rank amongst the band’s best work, but I feel like they have somehow lost the magic of their early days.