Alter Bridge
One Day Remains


3.0
good

Review

by Dante Pizzuti USER (9 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2011 | 14 replies | 4,161 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alter Bridge simply does what is needed to be done on the debut album. Move themselves away from Creed, and give listeners a reason to take them seriously too.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The story of Creed and Alter Bridge (AB) is one that has been told quite a bit since the demise of Creed and conception of Alter Bridge. It’s one that for this review I have decided to spare the reader of the gritty details. All one needs to know is AB was founded by former Creed members Mark Tremonti (Guitar), Brian Marshal (Bass) and Scott Phillips (Drums). They are tagged along by vocalist Myles Kennedy whom was added to the band in 2003. Alter Bridge would then go to release their debut album One Day Remains in 2004.

One Day Remains is, as previously stated, the debut album of Alter Bridge. It would mark a historic release for the band, and here fans found out if they would continue the ways of Creed, or go in a new direction. Although like most questions in today’s society, the answer wasn’t as black and white as it was more of a grey. Yes this new album is mostly a departure from the days of Creed, but, this also has a few skeletons in the closet. This is mainly notable on both Brian and Scott’s playing. Although they can be brilliant at times, such as on title track One Day Remains and The End Is Here, they mostly weigh down the band as more of a liability than an asset especially on this first album. Scott manages to play the same drum beat through half the tracks and Brian might as well not even play the bass if he doesn’t have anything good to add.

Thankfully, those two are probably not the reason you’re listening to this album. They may drag down the experience but Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy save the performance. Mark is a down right prodigy of the guitar and manages to make everything he writes sound great. His solos, which are sprinkled throughout this album, are great inclusions to any song, and often save the song from mediocrity. Now when it comes to Myles his voice simply fits the music. Unfortunately, despite having great vocal range and over all great talent as a singer, the lyrics on this album are boring. They don’t inspire much due to the straight forward lyricism used throughout the album. Sure it gives the ability to be more mainstream, but they will never inspire much feeling through the lyrics.

Overall Alter Bridge brings a Hard Rock sound to the mix. They don’t sound much like Post-Grunge or Creed although on tracks such as, Open Your Eyes, they do have that vibe that you can’t really shake. Overall the track are heavy, they carry a lot of punch and have some killer riffs. The only sour spot is basically every slow ballad like song. I have come to learn that both Brian and Scott cannot play slow songs as they both seem to fall asleep, which more often than not ruins the song. The only stand out ballad is ‘In Loving Memory’ and yet that still can drag. This is unfortunate because those ballads could have easily been saved, if and only if, they had put more effort into them. As for the other side of the coin all of the fast songs never disappoint and really are highlights and will most likely be why you spin this in the future. This album is a great debut, looking at all the praise this has gotten thus far I can understand why, but the fact remains that One Day Remains is just an above average album.

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Yuma310
August 3rd 2011



1656 Comments


I thought this would be longer. Oh well, the next one ill shot for 700 words. all criticisim is welcome. please if you neg leave a reason why and how i can improve that helps alot.

tiesthatbind
August 3rd 2011



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's about time this got a more negative review. Good job.

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Yuma310
August 3rd 2011



1656 Comments


Thanks!!

tiesthatbind
August 3rd 2011



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't believe my track-by-track that I posted here a year and a half ago was the lowest review for this.

Anyway, I pretty much agree with this other than the half-point difference in rating. In Loving Memory is the only ballad I'll listen to very much on this anymore.

Yuma310
August 3rd 2011



1656 Comments


Agreed ^ All the other ballads are just to... well as i wrote in my notes while listening to this, they are lame lol adn just uninteresting

tiesthatbind
August 3rd 2011



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I used to like this a lot more, but over time, Blackbird has just gotten more awesome, and this got a whole lot less awesome. I still go back to Metalingus, the title track, and The End is Here pretty often though.

Yuma310
August 3rd 2011



1656 Comments


Oh yeah totally. Blackbird was a grower but this just has too many tracks that fade far to quickly.

iswimfast
August 4th 2011



1259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The End is Here has that guitar pattern that gets heavier and heavier throughout the whole thing. Freakin' epic. There is a lot of 'meh' here though.

Nice review.

Yuma310
August 4th 2011



1656 Comments


thanks! yeah their is alot a meh lol and yeah that song is pretty epic, the end is for sure a highlight.

toxin.
August 4th 2011



12019 Comments


Nice review but you misspelled album in the summary.

Yuma310
August 4th 2011



1656 Comments


ha ha thanks man ^ and thanks for the heads up will fix asap

Yuma310
August 16th 2011



1656 Comments


another random neg, give expliantions people!!

DeadStarShine
August 21st 2011



774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a solid and safe Alter Bridge. 1,2,5,7,8, 9 are all great songs.

DeadStarShine
August 21st 2011



774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a solid and safe Alter Bridge. 1,2,5,7,8, 9 are all great songs.



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