Alter Bridge – Live At The Royal Albert Hall album review

US arena rock heroes give themselves an orchestral makeover

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Alter Bridge’s anthemic arena rock is both heavy and heartburstingly emotional, their back catalogue brimming with melodic hooks and their live shows notoriously tight. It really is no surprise that they’ve jumped on the rock Royal Albert Hall bandwagon (they’re all at it, from Nine Inch Nails to Ghost), and, as expected, those choruses along with an orchestra are spellbinding.

In this live CD/DVD package the full live performance is broken up with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and insight into how the Parallax Orchestra prepared to accompany the songs. Indeed the likes of the acoustic Wonderful Life and the uplifting Lover are given extra zing, and vocalist Myles Kennedy gives a shout-out to the “rock star” conductor and musical director Simon Dobson.

A real treat for fans.

Hannah May Kilroy has been writing about music professionally for over a decade, covering everything from extreme metal to country. She was deputy editor at Prog magazine for over five years, and previously worked on the editorial teams at Terrorizer and Kerrang!. She currently works as the production editor for The Art Newspaper, and also writes for the Guardian, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer.