Not only is this an Alter Bridge album with some heavy, creative riffs (which is standard for the group), but it also features occasional role reversals. On several tracks, you’ll hear Myles Kennedy on lead guitar and Mark Tremonti on vocals. It works just fine as both men are versatile. Last Man Standing and the title track are phenomenal closers. The album knows how to go out with a bang. In many ways, this is exactly what Alter Bridge has been delivering for years. Long tracks, big solos, ballads, high notes, the band is still in its groove. This time, a band being in their groove is a good thing. Even if not mind-blowing, the good moments shine and the band is still laying down solid work. Good match from Alter Bridge. 7/10
Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida. The band was formed in 2004 by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips. After their former band Creed became inactive in 2003, Tremonti and Phillips formed a new band with former bandmate Marshall and new member Kennedy; Alter Bridge was formally unveiled in January 2004, months before Creed’s official breakup in June.
Pawns & Kings is the seventh album by American rock band Alter Bridge and the follow-up to 2019’s Walk the Sky. It was released on October 14, 2022 via Napalm Records.
Alter Bridge Pawns & Kings Album Review