Alter Bridge is a hard rock band from Orlando, FL and they made their debut on August 10, 2004 with One Day Remains. The album has been cerified Gold and initially didn't do bad on charts all over the world, and here in the US. It reached number five on the Billboard 200, broke the top 50 in New Zealand and Australia. It also reached 102 in the UK, 54 on the Swiss Music charts, 56 in the Netherlands, and 61 in Germany. Not too shabby for a debut album.
The first single, "Open Your Eyes" came out on June 11 of the same year and I can definitely see why it drew some attention. Its not only got an incredible beat, but the lyrics to it are simply fantastic. It encourages you to keep going when you're feeling broken in a great way. "'Cause I see in you more than you'll ever know and I ask you, 'Why you question the strength inside?' And you need to know hwo to feels to be alive."
It shows you that someone believes in you and encourages you to believe in yourself. So of course people were interested and wanted more.
The entire album has a similar vibe to it, where it speaks of mental struggles but also provides the hope of strength. They had a very powerful beginning, and I think they've simply contiuned and are still doing great things today. I highly recommend checking out this album, I bet you will be very impressed.
If pressed to pick stand out tracks, I think I would have to say "Open Your Eyes" is one of them, but the other would be, "Burn It Down." Which is much more of a solem track. Its about hitting rock bottom, and realizing its not over. "So burn it down, discovere the dusk of your day has its dawn." The darkness won't last forever, and it can be hard to remember that. This song is beautifully done and reminds you of that. Things get better, even when it feels like they won't.
Since the release of this album, Alter Bridge have released four other albums, and have done some incredible things. They're still doing great things, as they just finished the Shiprocked Cruise and then will be going out on tour with Nonpoint in just a couple days. The tour goes through February 22. Then they fly over to Australia in early April to perform a handful of shows before coming back to the US to take part in several festivals. Those festivals are Fort Rock, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range.
For more information, please head on over to Alter Bridge's official website, and the respective festival websites. And stay tuned to Immortal Music! Several more reviews for Alter Bridge, along with other Fort Rock artists will be going up consistently until the end of April! Check back every day to see what's new.
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