Rage Against The Machine turned into Audioslave, At The Drive-In into Sparta; what do these bands have in common? After they got new lead singers they still embodied their old sound. So, before this reviewer even heard Creed incarnate Alter Bridge, I wrote them off as another modern rock clone.
But on their debut, “One Day Remains,” Mark Tremonti (Guitar), Brian Marshall (Bass), Scott Philips (Drums) and new lead singer Myles Kennedy, have a new found enthusiasm for hard rock. Lead off track, ?Find The Real,? the title track, and the first single, ?Open Your Eyes,? all feature Tremonti?s blistering guitar solos and the bands blend of hard rock and ambitious metal.
Other highlights include ?In Loving Memory? and ?Broken Wings,? which both morph from bluesy intros into beautiful rock ballads. Kennedy?s vocals do not stray far from imitating his grunge heroes but he has a greater vocal range than his predecessor, Scott Stapp. However Kennedy?s range can also be the death of him, especially when he hits those irritating high octaves.
Despite Alter Bridge kicking some serious ass on the first half of the record, the second half loses steam as they begin to sound like they?re covering themselves. If Alter Bridge can?t find some way to stay fresh, unfortunately, some listeners may find One Day Remains a bit pass?.