Fortress (Alter Bridge album)

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Fortress
Studio album by Alter Bridge
Released September 25, 2013
(See release history)
Recorded April 26 – July 2, 2013
Studio Barbarosa
Orlando, Florida
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, progressive metal, post-grunge,[1] alternative metal
Length 62:52
Label Roadrunner, EMI
Producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette
Alter Bridge chronology
Live at Wembley
(2012)
Fortress
(2013)
Myles Kennedy chronology
Apocalyptic Love
(2012)
Fortress
(2013)
World on Fire
(2014)
Singles from Fortress
  1. "Addicted to Pain"
    Released: August 12, 2013 (2013-08-12)
  2. "Cry of Achilles"
    Released: April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22)
  3. "Waters Rising"
    Released: June 2, 2014 (2014-06-02)

Fortress is the fourth studio album by the rock band Alter Bridge, released by Roadrunner Records on September 25, 2013.[2] Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who produced Alter Bridge's previous two albums, Blackbird and AB III, returns as producer. It was released by Roadrunner Records worldwide except in the United States, where it was self-released on October 8, 2013, through EMI. The lead single, "Addicted to Pain", was released on August 12, 2013. The album was widely acclaimed, with critics praising its musicianship, lyrics, and experimentation.

Background[edit]

Fortress was recorded between April 26 and July 2, 2013 at Studio Barbarosa in Orlando, Florida. The album was written over the three previous years while the band toured, as well as during Alter Bridge's hiatus due to singer Myles Kennedy touring with Slash, guitarist Mark Tremonti releasing his debut solo album All I Was, and drummer Scott Phillips recording with his band Projected. Later in the month, Tremonti announced the band had approved the cover art and had mastered the new album.

In July, in an interview with MusicRadar.com Tremonti revealed that he would sing lead vocals on one track called "The Waters Rise",[3] which appears on the album as "Waters Rising". The official track listing and cover art for Fortress was revealed on July 31, 2013 along with the track listing, consisting of 12 songs. The artwork was designed by Dan Tremonti.[4]

On August 4, the cover art for the lead single "Addicted to Pain" was revealed,[5][6] and a day later the band confirmed that the lead single "Addicted to Pain" would be released on August 12, in Europe, and on August 20, in the US.[7] The single was made available for streaming a few days before release.[8] On September 5, the official video for "Addicted to Pain" was released.[9][10] The official video was shot by award-winning director Dan Catullo.[11] On September 23, the band streamed the album in its entirety for a limited time on the Metal Hammer website as a UK exclusive.[12]

During an interview with Bravewords on October 24, Myles Kennedy stated that the Best Buy B-side track, "Outright", had been incorrectly titled. During production, the working title of the song was "Outright Two" because it featured parts of a song previously recorded by the band with the same title. When it went into the mastering stage, the title was never changed and was later printed as "Outright". The song is actually titled "Never Say Die" and will be featured as that with new printings.[13]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[14]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 8/10 stars[15]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[16]
International Business Times 4/5 stars[17]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[18]
Loudwire 4.5/5 stars[19]
Melodic 4/5 stars[20]
Revolver 2.5/5 stars[21]
Total Guitar 5/5 stars[22]
RTE 4.5/5 stars[23]

Fortress has received critical acclaim. It currently holds a score of 81 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic, indicating 'universal acclaim'.[14] Allmusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying "...Fortress is a driving album that not only doesn't feel tired or stale, but is a monster of an album that makes a pretty solid case for being some of Alter Bridge's strongest and most dynamic work to date."[1] In their review, International Business Times proclaimed the album "a delight to the ears".[17] Melodic said, "Alter Bridge does it again! Their ability is undeniable at this point and Fortress proves they are one of the best rock/metal acts of today’s generation and only moving forward."[20] Rock Sins stated that "Alter Bridge are the hard rock band the world needs and with Fortress they have their invitation to the top table of rock music" and gave the album a 9/10 score.[24] Kerrang! gave the album a perfect 5/5 score, saying "...on Fortress, with Myles and Mark both operating at the peak of their powers, there may be no limit to where Alter Bridge can go from here."[18] Classic Rock also praised the album, ending their review with, "...Myles Kennedy says he never wants to be the guy who says each record is the best thing they've ever done. But in this case he should probably make an exception. Because it really is."[15] Loudwire said of the band and album: "...the substance and technicality that they have immersed into their music have elevated them to a whole new level. Fortress proves to be the next impressive chapter in an epic adventure that shows no sign of ending any time soon."[19]

However, Revolver were not as impressed by the album, feeling that although it showed off the band's skills, the album became "predictable and monotonous".[21]

The album entered at number 6 in the UK album chart, making it the band's highest charting album in the UK to date.[25] It entered at number 1 in the rock chart.[26] It also opened at number 1 in the US, Canada, and Sweden in sales at iTunes.[27][28] Fortress debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 and sold 30,000 copies in its first week of release.[29][30]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alter Bridge. 

No. Title Length
1. "Cry of Achilles"   6:30
2. "Addicted to Pain"   4:16
3. "Bleed It Dry"   4:44
4. "Lover"   5:17
5. "The Uninvited"   4:47
6. "Peace Is Broken"   4:40
7. "Calm the Fire"   6:04
8. "Waters Rising"   5:39
9. "Farther than the Sun"   4:07
10. "Cry a River"   4:00
11. "All Ends Well"   5:12
12. "Fortress"   7:36
Total length:
01:02:52

Personnel[edit]

Alter Bridge
Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart[31] 13
Dutch Albums Chart[32] 10
French Albums Chart[33] 75
German Albums Chart[34] 7
Hungarian Albums Chart[35] 18
Irish Albums Chart[36] 16
Italian Albums Chart[37] 9
Japanese Albums Chart[38] 163
NZ Albums Chart[39] 24
Spanish Albums Chart[40] 60
Swedish Albums Chart[41] 17
UK Albums Chart[25] 6
UK Rock Chart[26] 1
US Billboard 200[29] 12

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Label
Japan September 25, 2013 Roadrunner
Ireland September 27, 2013 Roadrunner
Australia September 27, 2013[42] Roadrunner
The Netherlands September 27, 2013 Roadrunner
Europe September 30, 2013 Roadrunner
United Kingdom September 30, 2013 Roadrunner
United States October 8, 2013 Alter Bridge/EMI/Capitol
Canada October 15, 2013 Roadrunner

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