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Alter Bridge Pushes Past Its Past

Of the Oakland Press

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With its second album, Florida hard rockers Alter Bridge hoped to establish a new(er) creed.

The quartet features three members from the ’90s rock powerhouse Creed, which became both a blessing and a curse on Alter Bridge’s 2004 debut album, “One Day Remains.” “The constant thing we would have to explain our way out of is we were no longer Creed or part of Creed. This is a different band,” says Mark Tremonti, Alter Bridge’s Detroit-born guitarist, who named the band after the Alter Road bridge connecting Detroit and Grosse Pointe.

“We needed to overcome this hurdle of people saying ‘this is Creed Part Two’ or ‘This sounds like Creed.’ It was pretty frustrating.”

The solution, Tremonti and company felt, was to make sure the second album, “Blackbird,” explored some sonic areas Creed didn’t. And they opted to make that direction a heavier one.

“The opening track, ‘Ties That Bind,’ is probably the first song we wrote — and the heaviest song on the record,” Tremonti, 34, notes. “So that’s a new direction, and after that all the heavier songs came together, and once we had done that and were happy with those songs, it felt like we’d found a part of us that was missing.

“So we tried to tackle that different sound, the evolution of the band right out of the gate, then we relaxed.”

Alter Bridge performs with Papa Roach and Drowning Pool on Saturday (May 17) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $37. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheater.com.

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