TenaciousBe wrote:Tangent question -- everyone seems to dislike the production of The Last Hero, myself included. Yet, the new albums this year by Tremonti and Myles have both been, sonically, leaps and bounds better, and both still produced by Elvis. So what happened? Why does the Alter Bridge album feel so over-produced, while the Tremonti album sounds incredible? I know Tremonti isn't the same band, but it's a close cousin and produced by the same person. Amazing how different the two projects sound on their albums.
It could very well be how the process of writing the album, recording the album, mixing it, etc. are so different among an AB album, a Tremonti album, Year of the Tiger, etc. that can affect things from the production side.
For Myles, he came up with the melody "In the Year of the Tiger" while mowing his lawn and then chased the idea all the way. Mark, he had the genesis of the idea for A Dying Machine during an AB soundcheck in Hungary and then of course, he chased the idea all the way as well.
It seems like with how great the partnership that Mark and Myles has over the history of Alter Bridge, it could look very hard to find the perfect idea/concept/riff/melody/whatever out of the blue and then both guys chase it down all the way. They also really don't have that sense of space to wait too long, especially with the way both guys operate with their other bands creating and releasing full length albums with them. I really hope it does not come to a point where AB's biggest asset, i.e. the songwriting partnership of Mark and Myles has now become their biggest weakness. That's something to really look out for, I think, over the writing/production of AB VI.