The Making of "Fortress" Video

Via: billboard.com

Alter Bridge approached its fourth album -- "Fortress," due out Oct. 8 in the U.S. and Sept. 30 in other territories -- like "a new band that's still proving ourselves and still gaining new fans" according to Mark Tremonti. The guitarist tells Billboard that even this far into its career, Alter Bridge doesn't feel fully established -- in a good way. 

"When I was growing up and I'd see a band's fourth album, I'd feel like, 'Wow, they're at the end of their career. I'll be lucky to have four albums in my entire career," Tremonti explains. "I guess since I'm older now I just feel like we're always trying to improve ourselves and trying to build upon what we've done in our past and make each record better." And not surprisingly he feels that's what Alter Bridge has achieved with "Fortress."

"It's an exciting record, top to bottom," says Tremonti. "It's got a lot of energy. There's only two songs that aren't really big rockers and are more midtempo, and two others that could be considered more epic-y but still have a really big rock sound. We pushed ourselves really hard to try and improve our sound with it and improve our boundaries. I know I say that on every record we do, but this time we feel like it was time we pushed even further. Elvis (Baskette), our producer, things it's our best-sounding record and could be the best thing we've ever done. When he says something like that...I mean, you love the songs because you've written them, but it's good to hear that positive outside perspective as well."

One of those songs, "Addicted To Pain," is out as the lead track and was one of the first songs the group worked on for the set. "You can tell from the title, it's pretty much about an abusive relationship where somebody just keeps on going in this relationship," Tremonti says, "getting maybe not just physically beat up but mentally beat up because they've done it for so long they pretty much tell them that they must be addicted to this pain to keep on going through it."

Check out the first webisode from Alter Bridge - In the Studio - FORTRESS ("Uninvited")

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