Alter Bridge Announce New Album 'Fortress'

The band promises some of their heaviest material of all time on the new album, due in October.

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Alter Bridge have announced their first album in three years since the release of "ABIII."

The new record "Fortress" will be released on October 8 on EMI Records, and has been produced once again by Michael Baskette.

"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," says the statement on the official website. "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."

The band promise some of their heaviest material of all time on the new album, with softer moments and brooding epics to enjoy in-between.

"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," said guitarist Mark Tremonti.

The band have only one US tour date booked for 2013, at Orlando's House of Blues on October 4. From there, they'll tour across Europe until mid-November, with an appearance at London's Wembley Arena where they previously filmed their stunning live DVD.

Alter Bridge tour dates are:

10/04 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues (Only US show in 2013) 10/16 - Nottingham, UK - Arena 10/17 - Birmingham, UK - NIA 10/18 - London, UK - Wembley Arena 10/20 - Cardiff, UK - Arena 10/21 - Glasgow, UK - Hydro 10/22 - Manchester, UK - Arena 10/24 - Paris, FR - Zenith 10/25 - Brussels, BEL - AB 10/27 - Berlin, GER - Huxleys 10/28 - Copenhagen, DEN - Vega 10/29 - Stockholm, SWE - Arenan 11/03 - Amsterdam, HOL - Heineken Music Hall 11/04 - Dusseldorf, GER - Mitsbishi Electric Halle 11/05 - Wiesbaden, GER - Schlachthof 11/07 - Vienna, AUS - Gasometer 11/08 - Munich, GER - Zenith 11/09 - Zurich, SWI - Hallenstadion 11/11 - Rome, ITA - Atlantico 11/12 - Milan, ITA - Mediolanum 11/14 - Barcelona, SPA - Razzmatazz2 11/15 - Madrid, SPA - Arena 11/16 - Lisbon, POR - Coliseum

How do you feel about hearing news of the new Alter Bridge record? Let us know below.

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    Yea, that's a picture of Tremonti's solo band, not Alter Bridge. And you left a huge part of the news out. Good job, UG! "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."
    (They changed the picture. Don't start to hate on me, plz )
    you havent noticed yet? UG doesnt come up with its own news. they copy and paste it from other sites. i usually get my news a day or two before its on here.
    You must be new here. Ug only copies half of the article so that they can publish a new one in 2 days with the other half. Welcome to ug ;
    "The band promises some of their most heaviest stuff yet..." I like Alter Bridge and all... but isn't that what they all say?
    Would you be psyched if they said . . . "Yeah, it's gonna be slow and boring as shit"
    No, but I don't get psyched when they see the opposite either 'cause that's what everyone says.
    Wish they would've said some things about the album, such as Mark singing lead on an entire song.
    Foundations of Earth are going to shake when this thing comes out!
    Am I the only one who was hoping for a new Creed album?
    i used to love creed. back in the my own prison days and before with arms wide open and higher got annoyingly overplayed. i still listen to them casually now any again, so id be interested if they put out another one, but i wont lose any sleep if they never do.
    Long live Alter Bridge and Mark Tremonti! Cannot wait for this album, these guys are so underrated its not even funny. One of the greatest rock bands out there right now who still give a damn about creating music. Long live the guitar solo!!
    I am looking forward to hearing this. When I first heard Alter Bridge I had no idea who the members were and I was surprised to find out a member of Creed was in the band...but I won't hate on them for it.
    Really UG? Can't you find a good picture, that actually contains AB? This is just sloppy
    There's already an album titled "Fortress" by Protest The Hero. This will be confusing.
    Not really. One is by Alter Bridge and one is by Protest The Hero. If you was to use the album in conversation you could just say 'Fortress by Alter Bridge'.
    Anxiously awaiting US tour dates. Though I understand why they hit Europe first.
    Already got tickets to see them at Nottingham! Can't effing wait, these guys keep putting out quality rock!
    Thrice Capades
    I saw the article refer to them as a "rock juggernaut" and I immediately checked the dictionary to make sure the definitions of "rock" and "juggernaut" had not been altered. (get it? altered?) (collective groan)
    "A" for effort.... not really..
    Thrice Capades
    Please don't encourage me. There was zero effort in that. I believe if they could give out worse than an F- then you could find a proper grade. Like... a score of -85%.
    It won't be confusing... all three "Fortress" albums mentioned above suck! What's the hassle?
    A lot of people on here can't get into Sister Hazel because they're not metal/hard rock, a lot of people like making fun of Alter Bridge, but Protest The Hero? Almost everyone I've talked to loves those guys.
    The only way to hate Sister Hazel is to have never listened to them.
    Agreed. I love them.
    I don't understand how anyone could hate on Alter Bridge, either. Myles Kennedy is one of the best frontmen in the world vocally and energetically, and a legend in the making. Tremonti is an incredible guitarist, and Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips are an awesome rhythm section. What's there to dislike?
    Just because they're good musicians doesn't mean people are going to like their songwriting...plenty of supergroups have failed spectacularly
    To be perfectly honest, I can't get into this technicality for the sake of technicality metal that's so popular in certain circles. I own one PTH album (it has Bloodmeat on it, whichever album that is) and I haven't spinned it in several years. I don't know why, but absurd speed and a million notes does nothing for me.