One Day Remains (Wind-Up Records)
By: Mike SOS
Whatever happened to Creed, you wonder? Well, the band, minus the overzealously pious singer Scott Stapp have resurfaced as Alter Bridge, with ex-Mayfield Four frontman Myles Kennedy manning the vocal slot. The result is basically what you'd expect, with a few unfortunate Creed rip-off moments like the heard it all before swagger of "Open Your Eyes" and the overly sappy "In Loving Memory", saved only by the soulful crooning of Kennedy, a Cornell-esque vocal presence that kicks the band in the ass like Stapp could never even dream of doing. The trademark Mark Tremonti guitar rippings have also reappeared, heard on such tracks as the ferociously crushing "Metalingus" and the Black Label Society inspired stomping of "Watch Your Words" and felt by guitar players across the universe. Thankfully, the religious glop that plagued Creed is very underscored, if appearing at all here, replaced with the feeling of elation of making hook laden heavy music with depth, breadth, and soul. You know the colossal feeling you felt when you first heard Audioslave? Alter Bridge comes close, but still has a little way to go before shedding the entire baggage of its past.
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