Alter Bridge to release new album 'Fortress' on October 8 (USA)

7-24-2013

Alter Bridge have just announced the title of their new album, Fortress, as well as its release dates: September 30th in the UK, and October 8th in the USA.  The band's fourth full-length studio album, Fortress will drop exactly three years after their last album, AB III, was first released in Germany.

The band completed tracking for Fortress on July 2nd, and are currently finishing up the mixing process before sending the album off to be mastered.  The album is once again being procued by Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who also produced Blackbird and AB III, as well as Mark's solo album, All I Was.  The new record will contain thirteen tracks, including one on which Mark sings lead vocals.

The press release, which is pasted below, also confirms six song titles on Fortress, two of which were previously unknown.  In total, the album will contain thirteen tracks.  So far, the known song titles include:

  • "Cry of Achilles" (confirmed as the opening track)
  • "The Waters Rise" (features Mark on lead vocals)
  • "Farther than the Sun"
  • "Bleed it Dry"
  • "All Ends Well"
  • "Fortress"
  • "Ritual"

Alter Bridge are scheduled to play their only USA concert on October 4th at the House of Blues in Orlando.  After this warm-up show, the band will embark on a thorough tour of Europe, including a string of arena dates in the UK, on which they will be joined by opening acts Shinedown and Halestorm.  Check out the latest tour dates here.


USA Press Release

Source: http://www.alterbridge.com/news/2013-07/alter-bridge-fortress-drops-october-8th-usa.aspx

Alter Bridge - Fortress - Drops October 8th (USA)

ALTER BRIDGE RETURN WITH LONG-AWAWITED NEW ALBUM FORTRESS SLATED FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 8th

Only Confirmed US Show in 2013 Scheduled For October 4th at the House Of Blues in Orlando, FL

(July 24, 2013 - New York, NY) It has been three years since Alter Bridge's last studio album, ABIII, was released in the US, but it is clear their fans have been waiting for them to return.  Now the rock juggernaut band comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals, Mark Tremonti on guitar, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums return with their fourth album, Fortress slated for release on October 8th via EMI Label Services.  The latest record builds upon the sound that Alter Bridge has been known for with their uncompromised vocal melodies, untouchable dueling guitar work and pounding rhythm section.  The album was produced by long-time Alter Bridge producer Michael Elvis Baskette, known for his work with Falling In Reverse, Story Of The Year and Incubus to name a few.

"When we started pre-production on this album, we pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement.  We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet.  From the early feedback we have received, it looks like we have achieved what we set out to do," exclaims Tremonti.

From the opening acoustic guitar work on "Cry Of Achilles" through the other 12 songs on Fortress, it is clear Alter Bridge are back to reclaim their place as one of hard rock's marquee bands.  The band showcases some of their heaviest material ever in tracks like "Bleed It Dry" and "Farther Than The Sun," but also shows their signature softer side with songs like "All Ends Well" and the epic title track "Fortress."  Fortress is is full of unapologetic, searing hard rock that Alter Bridge has come to be synonymous with around the globe.

Alter Bridge recently announced their only US show in 2013 in Orlando, FL on October 4th at the House of Blues.  Tickets for this show will go on-sale on Friday, July 26 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.  The band then heads over to Europe where they will begin an extensive headlining world tour that will run from October 16th through November 16 and will feature Shinedown and Halestorm joining the band on select dates.  Alter Bridge will also make a triumphant return to Wembley Arena in London on October 18th, a venue they sold out on ABIII and documented with the CD/DVD, Alter Bridge Live At Wembley.

Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains.  In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band's profile worldwide.  The epic solo in the title track "Blackbird" was voted "Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time" by Guitarist Magazine.  ABIII was released in 2010 and the single "Isolation" gave the band their first #1 single.  Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few.  When Alter Bridge is on hiatus, singer Myles Kennedy can be found fronting Slash's band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.  Guitarist Mark Tremonti recently released his fist solo project All I Was that found Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass with Mark on the road.  Scott Phillips formed Projected with John Connolly and Vinnie Hornsby of Sevendust and released their debut in 2012.

UK Press Release

Source: http://www.alterbridge.com/news/2013-07/alter-bridge-fortress-drops-september-30-uk.aspx

Alter Bridge - Fortress - Drops September 30 (UK)

ALTER BRIDGE RETURN WITH LONG-AWAITED NEW DISC, "FORTRESS" ALBUM TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 30

International rock juggernauts, ALTER BRIDGE are set to release their long-awaited fourth studio album, "Fortress" on 30th September.

Three years have passed since the critically lauded "ABIII" crashed into the Top 10 of the UK Album Chart, and now Myles Kennedy (vocals), Mark Tremonti (guitar), Brian Marshall (bass), and Scott Phillips (drums) return with a new collection of songs to cement their place at the top.

"Fortress" was recorded and produced by long-time ALTER BRIDGE producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Stone Temple Pilots, Incubus, Trivium) at his studio in the band's native Florida.

From the opening acoustic guitar on "Cry Of Achilles" through the other 12 songs on "Fortress", it is clear ALTER BRIDGE are back to underline their status as one of contemporary hard rock's breakthrough bands.  The four piece showcase some of their heaviest material ever in tracks like "Bleed It Dry" and "Farther Than The Sun", but also reprise their signature, softer side with songs like "All Ends Well" and the epic title track "Fortress".  "Fortress" is 13 tracks of unapologetic, searing hard rock that ALTER BRIDGE has come to be synonymous with.

"When we started pre-production on this album, we pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement.  We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet.  From the early feedback we have received, it looks like we have achieved what we set out to do," comments Tremonti.

ALTER BRIDGE kick off a fresh round of touring with a special one-off show at Orlando, Florida's House of Blues on 4th October.  The gig will be their only US show of 2013.  The band then head to Europe where they will embark on an extensive headline tour through October/November, with special guests Shinedown  (UK only) and Halestorm.  The UK leg includes a triumphant return to London's Wembley Arena, a venue they sold out on "ABIII" and documented with the CD/DVD, "Alter Bridge Live At Wembley".

The UK and European dates are as follows:

Wed 16th Oct - NOTTINGHAM UK Arena
Thu 17th Oct - BIRMINGHAM UK NIA
Fri 18th Oct - LONDON UK Wembley Arena
Sun 20th Oct - CARDIFF UK Motorpoint Arena
Mon 21st Oct - GLASGOW UK Hydro
Tue 22nd Oct - MANCHESTER UK Arena
Thu 24th Oct - PARIS FR Zenith
Fri 25th Oct - BRUSSELS BE AB
Sun 27th Oct - BERLIN DE Huxleys
Mon 28th Oct - COPENHAGEN DK Vega
Tue 29th Oct - STOCKHOLM SE Arenan
Sun 3 Nov - AMSTERDAM NL Heineken Music Hall
Mon 4 Nov - DUSSELDORF DE Mitsubishi Electric Hall
Tue 5th Nov - WIESBADEN DE Schlachthof
Thu 7th Nov - VIENNA AT Gasometer
Fri 8th Nov - MUNICH DE Zenith
Sat 9th Nov - ZURICH CH Hallenstadion
Mon 11th Nov - ROME IT Atlantico
Tue 12th Nov - MILAN IT Mediolanum Forum
Thu 14th Nov - BARCELONA ES RAzzmatazz
Fri 15th Nov - MARID ES Arena
Sat 16 Nov - LISBON PT Coliseum

Tickets are on sale now, with some dates almost sold out, so hurry to get yours now from box offices, all usual ticket agents and online.

ALTER BRIDGE burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains.  In 2007, the band released "Blackbird", the album that established the band's profile worldwide.  The epic solo in the title track was voted "Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time" by the UK's Guitarist Magazine.  ABIII was released in 2010 and the single "Isolation" gave the band their first #1 radio single in the USA.  When ALTER BRIDGE is on hiatus, singer Myles Kennedy can be found fronting Slash's band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.  Guitarist Mark Tremonti recently released his first solo project, All I Was that saw Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass with Mark's band on the road.  Scott Phillips formed Projected with John Connolly and Vinnie Hornsby of Sevendust and released their debut in 2012.