ALTER BRIDGE will release its fifth studio album, "The Last Hero", on October 7 via Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The thirteen-track opus marks a creative highpoint for the quartet comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums.
"The Last Hero" was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael "Elvis" Baskette (SLASH, TREMONTI, TRIVIUM) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Ted Jensen.
The album is now available for pre-order via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Fans who order the album will receive an instant download of the debut single, "Show Me A Leader". The album will be available in various fan bundles at www.Alterbridge.com/store and fans can get exclusive early access to the band's ticket pre-sale by pre-ordering any item in the store. "Show Me A Leader" is also streaming on Spotify.
From the first notes of album opener "Show Me A Leader" to the final notes of the epic title track "The Last Hero", it is clear that ALTER BRIDGE are back with their most complete musical work to date. While exploring musical influences and styles from throughout the band's twelve-year history, "The Last Hero" has a unifying thread starting with the idea of timeless heroism. Songs like "Poison In Your Veins" and "Losing Patience" capture the signature sound that have recruited ALTER BRIDGE fans around the world. The band also explores their softer side with the heartfelt rocker "My Champion" and the emotional ballad "You Will Be Remembered".
"Show Me A Leader" premiered on SiriusXM's Octane yesterday and a lyric video can be seen below.
"Lyrically, it reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of the world," says Myles Kennedy about the new single. "The world is looking for trustworthy effective leadership and not this undignified dog and pony show that's really made a mockery of our system."
"It's indicative of our process," Mark Tremonti adds. "Myles had this guitar intro that I loved, and I had the chorus. We put them together. The words call out for a proper leader."
ALTER BRIDGE is heading out on select U.S. headline dates in support of "The Last Hero" this coming September. The headline run kicks off September 22 in Destin, Florida. The tour will make stops in San Antonio, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Lincoln, Nebraska; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Nashville, Tennessee. The band will also perform at a few festival dates this fall, including the inaugural Houston Open Air, Sonic Boom, Louder Than Life and the Tulsa State Fair.
Tickets for ALTER BRIDGE's U.S headline dates will go on-sale July 29 and fans can get exclusive early access to the band's ticket pre-sale by pre-ordering any item from their official U.S store.
The band is currently on tour through the end of August playing with DISTURBED, BREAKING BENJAMIN and SAINT ASONIA.
"The Last Hero" track listing:
01. Show Me A Leader
02. The Writing On The Wall
03. The Other Side
04. My Champion
05. Poison In Your Veins
06. Cradle To The Grave
07. Losing Patience
08. This Side Of Fate
09. You Will Be Remembered
10. Crows On A Wire
12. Island Of Fools
13. The Last Hero
Photo credit: Carlos Amoedo