ALTER BRIDGE is tentatively planning to release the follow-up to 2016's "The Last Hero" album in October.
Guitarist Mark Tremonti, who has spent much of the last year touring with his band TREMONTI, spoke about ALTER BRIDGE's next LP during a recent interview with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio.
When asked if the new ALTER BRIDGE record will be out this year, Tremonti replied: "Yeah. I think the plan is to have it out this fall. I think maybe October is kind of the target."
According to Mark, the songwriting process for the ALTER BRIDGE's upcoming disc is in full swing. "I'm in the process now where I'm up till four in the morning every night writing, writing, writing," he said. "And on [the TREMONTI] tour, I'll be recording demos and whatnot, so once we get off this tour, I'll be going right into the studio with ALTER BRIDGE through March and April. And then after that, we'll do another TREMONTI run, which will be the final TREMONTI tour for this cycle. And then we'll be setting up for the tour later on with ALTER BRIDGE at the end of the year."
As for the direction of the new ALTER BRIDGE music, Tremonti said he's "trying to come from a different place. It's hard to explain. I'm trying to make it not be the same," he said. "We always try to reinvent ourselves with every record. Right now, it's a little early [to tell], 'cause me and Myles [Kennedy, guitar/vocals] haven't gotten together. So far, it's been me writing stuff and Myles writing stuff, and when we come together and combine the stuff, we really see what it's gonna sound like. But I'm trying to make it sound a little different than it has in the past. We'll see how it turns out."
Last fall, Kennedy told Myglobalmind that "a whole bunch of ideas" were "being thrown around" for ALTER BRIDGE's sixth album. "It's pretty exciting stuff. There is too early to tell what the vibe is just yet or what will make the cut," he said. "Mark and I tend to come up with a lot of ideas that we throw up against the wall to see what will stick. The songs we pick will decide the mood of the record and we won't know that until April."
ALTER BRIDGE's fifth studio album, "The Last Hero", was released in October 2016 via Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The 13-track opus was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael "Elvis" Baskette (SLASH, TREMONTI, TRIVIUM) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Ted Jensen.