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2.0 out of 5 stars Evolution? Rather devolution..., 18 Oct. 2013
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To start with, I am a big fan of these guys...and bought the album without previewing any of the songs!

Think of what attracted you to Alter Bridge in the first place? Maybe you were a Creed fan before or not but all the good stuff that was there in the beginning seems to have been forgotten in this album. Maybe this can be explained by the number of side projects that band members had between albums...The songs seem broken...It feels like more of an artistic and technical statement than a great rock album.

Guitars - Miles got more involved with soloing this time. Mark ditched the wah pedal (he said he was too dependant on it). Mark's soloing is outstanding but song construction suffered because of not as strong riffs as previously. At parts feels like more trash metal

Vocals/Lyrics - One of the best voices in hard rock scene today but for some reason the lyric flow does not seem right. Previous albums you can sing verses and not only choruses.It just flows. This album struggles with great lyrical flow. It is definitely more TOOL like. Not sure if song writing suffered because Miles got more involved in the guitar work...and other side projects.

Pros
Exceptional guitar soloing

Cons
Weaker melodically and lyrically than previous albums. Can't headbang easily to this album.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2013 00:03:59 BDT
If you are a big fan then maybe it's time to learn how to write their names. It's MYLES.
And give this album more time. It's not an easy one - melodies come out with time.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2013 09:00:06 BDT
I thought as a fan we are supposed to appreciate the music not the way names are spelled? I would expect that sort of reply from a teenager not a fan.Come on....Is this the best critique you can do about the album? Give it more time? Melodies come out with time? Are you serious? Listen to Axel Rudi Pell for example of melodic composition on the guitar and compare his work to this album and the previous albums and then write something constructive that people are able to discuss critically.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2014 00:26:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jul 2014 00:33:35 BDT
Dave says:
Well said review,a good but not great album with no great songs like 'Couer d Alene' , 'Blackbird' or the excellent head banging 'Metalingus' and great melodies of their first album.
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