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Walk The Sky

Walk The Sky

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The power of Brian Marshall’s bass combined with what is my favorite drum track on the record gives us an unbelievable segue back to the current sound of AB. For now, 'Walk the Sky' will find a comfortable home in my playlists next to the bands’ previous works, but I doubt any of these tracks will be remembered as their best, which is the records biggest sin.

In doing so, the band understand that power is nothing without control; when the music is reined in, as it is on parts of the Soundgarden-esque Walking On The Sky – not in the sky, you’ll notice, but on it – they purr like a finely tuned engine popping out for a pint of milk and a paper. One of these happened to the latest solo-project offering from AB axeman Mark Tremonti, inviting obvious comparisons.Especially since with every listen you can just find there something that you have not heard at first. It includes seven tracks with one new track titled "Last Rites" and six live versions of songs from Walk the Sky. This is likely (at least in part) due to the busy careers these men have built, as alluded to earlier. Forever falling sounds like a hit to me, great riff at the intro, good chorus, melodic vibe all along the song I love it.

This time, the guys tried to reinvent themselves in a whole new spectrum while already bringing to the table sometimes nearly finished songs. I found it perplexing that such talented and well-experienced musicians would tone down the quality of their writing and playing at this stage of their careers after extensive work in other acts and gaining significant tour experience. Sound Vapors is an online music, and entertainment site designed to bring readers closer to bands/artists and the music they create. However, in the same breath the offering is disappointing when considering the sheer talent of the musicians involved was not fully utilized. Still, with constant touring of Myles Kennedy with his solo record and Slash and the Conspirators, with Mark’s solo band Tremonti, they found time to work on new material.With obviously getting out of the safe waters onto a bit more unknown roads, the band matured and it’s safe to say that their latest work, Walk the Sky, will crawl under your skin with every tone. The falsetto at the beginning of the song is the one that gives me goosebumps and the chorus that Myles is taking over is absolutely catchy. It is an understatement to say that it was a surprise when this song came out before the official release of the album as the fifth one to tease the fans. Furthermore, I think it plausible that AB are purposefully tuning their style to target a commercial sound that will receive more radio play.

Given longer writing periods with the whole band together, I truly believe AB has the potential to deliver something truly extraordinary, which 'WTS' sadly is not.I feel that AB are an underrated act (if such as thing exists), failing to gain the extensive exposure in the States when compared to the adoration they appear to enjoy in Europe. I haven’t talked about lyrical content but there is sort of an introspective feel on this entire album. The Bitter End is again an example of a song with a calming vibe, while Pay No Mind is based on interesting riff with visible synth elements and great rhythm section. As someone who is quite familiar with the various side projects related to AB such as the aforementioned Tremonti as well as Projected, Slash and the Conspirators and the Mayfield Four, I consider myself rather well versed in the musical talents of Myles, Mark, Brian and Scott.

But already with the next couple of songs, we are on the road of what we know with Native Son and Take The Crown. Even though with the release of the first singles you could see and hear mixed emotions all over the internet, no one should be even remotely close to disappointment. The next song on our throwback road trip, Godspeed, has that head bobbing, straight kick groove going on and I love it. Ever since the word came out that Mark will have lead vocals on one of the songs of the album, I was beaming with excitement. Water Rising is for sure an epic song and it’s no wonder that it has its place in the live show setlist for years.The EP features a new studio track, "Last Rites", written, recorded and completed entirely during the COVID-19 lockdown, and six live tracks taken from their American Victorious Sky Tour.

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