From everything I've read so far I've got a really strong sense that this album is going to end up making me cry. I'm going through a lot of heavy shit right now and just by the brief descriptions that I've read about this album being the answer to AB III and being a more positive uplifting album I could definitely see that happening.
My grandmother will be 92 years old at the end of the year and unfortunately I think her age is catching up to her, she is very frail to the point that I can no longer look at my current situation and think yeah we'll be okay for another year. Unfortunately I don't think her passing is too far into the future, and when that day comes it is going to set in motion a lot of other events that are going to result in me having to find another place to live after 23 years of being in the same place.
Throughout this bands career they have had the ability with every single album that they have released to directly help me through whatever situations I've been going through at the time of their release. One Day Remains came out in 2004 and while not immediately who knew that three years later I would lose my grandfather and my father two weeks apart from each other. In Loving Memory helped me cope. In 2007 Blackbird came out and that being the year that the both of them passed away that record helped me to find peace, through Brand-New Start and the song Blackbird itself. I know Myles wrote that song for his friend Mark Morris, but if you knew how closely that song described my father and every single health problem he endured throughout his life you would think that that song was written for him.
Even AB III, when that record came out I wasn't in the best of mindsets. I guess I can understand why for many it might not be the best album but in my opinion there were a lot of absolutely amazing songs on that album. Isolation, Fallout, Words Darker Than Their Wings, Life Must Go on, pretty much the whole album for me is fantastic.
Fortress in my eyes was an absolute fucking masterpiece. Taking nothing away from any previous releases, I felt this the very moment I heard that album and I still feel this today, the groove of that record is insane. To me Fortress is only second to Blackbird.
There's a lot of songs on The Last Hero that I still listen to today even but I don't want this post to go on for five more days and I'm pretty sure everybody already gets my point. Every single member of Alter Bridge always seems to come out with something for me right when I need it at the right time. Even Myles' solo album left me in tears.
I'm definitely ready for this, lately I've had nothing to look forward to, at least now I do.