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Alter Bridge's Walk The Sky 2.0 EP finds them at their most vibrant

Myles Kennedy and co. prove their worth on stage on Alter Bridge's Walk The Sky 2.0

Alter Bridge: Walk The Sky 2.0
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This mostly-live EP was recorded pre-COVID at the start of 2020 on Alter Bridge's Walk The Sky tour. Six of the tracks come from that album, and sound a lot better when performed on stage. 

Myles Kennedy is in fine voice, while Mark Tremonti displays his killer touch on guitar. Wouldn’t You Rather has a distinct edge, while Native Sons is a vibrant anthem and Godspeed sparkles with lively agitation.

The one exception to the live environment is new studio track Last Rites. This was done during lockdown and has a brooding heaviness. It’s certainly one of the best songs Alter Bridge have done in recent times, and if this is a taster for what’s to come, then they will definitely prove wrong all those who see the Bridge as bland and faceless. 

This is belligerent.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.