Alter Bridge just shot the video for their first single “Rise Today” with director Dale “Rage” Resteghini. The video was shot in Alter Bridge’s hometown of Orlando. “Rise Today” will feature the band performing in a raw rehearsal space that creates an extremely ominous and hopeful vibe, according to Resteghini. “Rise Today” is climbing the rock radio charts and jumped up to #10 at Active Rock and #11 at Mainstream this week. Alter Bridge will release their sophomore album Blackbird on 10/9.
Listen to Rise Today here.
Alter Bridge on the road with Another Animal
10/2 Tallahassee, FL – Flyd’s Music Store
10/4 Charleston, SC – The Plex
10/5 Chattanooga, TN – Club Fathom
10/6 Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
10/8 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/9 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
10/10 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/12 Hampton, VA – Mill Point Park
10/13 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/17 Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
10/19 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
10/20 Hagerstown, MD – Downtown Live Music & Arts Festival
10/21 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10/30 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom
10/31 Amarillo, TX – Midnight Rodeo
11/2 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/3 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
11/6 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
11/7 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
11/10 Spokane, WA – The Big Easy Concert Hall
11/11 Boise, ID – Big Easy Concert House
11/13 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatres
11/16 St. Paul, MN – Myth
11/17 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
11/21 Pontiac, MI – Clutch Cargo’s
The first thing I noticed is that record seems to be a little bit heavier than the last couple of HIM releases.
On the opening track Venus Doom singer Ville Vallo sings in a much lower range than I am used to. The sound on this song reminds me of Type O Negative with a dash of Black Sabbath.
I actually like Love in Cold Blood a little better than Venus Doom. Valle goes back and forth between his normal vocal range, and the deeper bass parts on this song. The guitar work by Mikko “Linde” Lindström is excellent on this track.
Passion’s Killing Floor is another song has a little bit of a doom metal type of feel. The keyboards on this song by Janne “Burton” Puurtinen gives song a haunting almost eerie feel. Cool Stuff.
Kiss of Dawn is one of the more mainstream sounding tracks on Venus Doom. It is also one of my favorites off of this record. Check out the video below for this song.
Sleepwalking Past Hope is a song that you have to hear to fully appreciate. This song clocks in at over 10 minutes in length. The song has more stoner rock elements, but the keyboards turns this song into something completely different.
Dead Lovers’ Lane is a song that could easily be a radio hit for the band. The chugging guitar riffs really drive this song home. Hopefully rock radio won’t be scared off by the layer of keyboards on this track. I think it is totally cool.
Song or Suicide is a short little throw away track, that is only a little over a minute long.
Bleed Well is the third song on Venus Doom with major hit potential. The snippet below gives you a taste of this great song.
Cyanide Sun is a low tempo, moody sounding number. It is a very strong track, and a good way to close out this record.
Bottom line, Venus Doom is one cool sounding record. Although their are some elements that remind me of other bands that I listen to, Venus Doom is a unique sounding record. It debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 38,637 units sold. I expect that this record could give HIM, their first platinum record with a little bit of luck. If you like the songs in the videos above, go get this!
1. Venus Doom
2. Love in Cold Blood
3. Passion’s Killing Floor
4. Kiss of Dawn
5. Sleepwalking Past Hope
6. Dead Lovers’ Lane
7. Song or Suicide
8. Bleed Well
9. Cyanide Sun
Endeverafter has released the artwork for their up and coming album, Kiss or Kill, Due to be released on October 30th.
1. I Wanna Be Your Man
2. Baby 3x
3. Gotta Get Out
5. Next Best Thing (Guest Vocal Butch Walker)
6. Tip Of My Tongue
7. Road To Destruction
8. All Night
10. From The Ashes Of Sin
11. Long Way Home
Here is the clean video version of their song Baby Baby Baby.
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