Heroes push us to excel. Their will, courage, and sacrifice can bring out the best in the world around them. Formed in 2004, Florida-based band Alter Bridge have released five albums since former Creed members Scott Phillips and Mark Tremonti decided to create a group of their own.
Soon a four piece, also consisting of bassist Brian Marshall and vocalist Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge were going from strength to strength every year.
Fittingly, on their fifth full-length album, The Last Hero, hard rock juggernaut Alter Bridge pursue a level of excellence inspired by timeless heroism. Making the record became something of a personal quest for the quartet.
Every time we do a record, my only goal is for people to simply think it’s better than the previous one. We pushed ourselves so hard last time, and we knew we’re going to push ourselves much harder here. When we brought material in, it had to outdo Fortress.
– says Mark.
“We always strive for that,” agrees Myles. “While recognizing where we’ve come from, we wanted to expand what Alter Bridge is. This record is definitely an exploration of the hero theme — whether it be the lack of heroes, the need for heroes, or a tribute to heroes. There’s a story in there.”
Myles wrapped up touring with Slash, and Mark finished up a successful run supporting his second solo album Cauterize in late 2015. By January 2016, the four members congregated back in Orlando with longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Slash, Trivium]. Over the next four months, they diligently assembled and tracked the 13 songs comprising The Last Hero.
“It’s good to be back in the Alter Bridge battle,” Myles leaves off. “Every time we do a record, I’m reminded of how great it is to have this passionate and loyal audience. We don’t take it lightly. We consider it an honor that people let us into their lives that way.”