Do not judge Alter Bridge's debut by opening cut "Find the Real." Musically, the song is straight out of Soundgarden, but vocalist Myles Kennedy can't help that his sultry voice has the same timbre as

Do not judge Alter Bridge's debut by opening cut "Find the Real." Musically, the song is straight out of Soundgarden, but vocalist Myles Kennedy can't help that his sultry voice has the same timbre as Chris Cornell's. That said, there's good reason lead single "Open Your Eyes" has cracked the active and modern rock charts. On the whole, Kennedy and former Creed members Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall have concocted a wicked alternative metal album that will shock those expecting more of Creed's moodier blend. The guitars blaze, the rhythms are furious and the drums keep slamming ("Metalingus," "Watch Your Words"). The quartet lets its collective heart bleed through "Broken Wings," and then totally shreds it on "In Loving Memory." Symphonic finale "The End Is Here" is as powerful as it is seductive. This set deserves to go top five.—CLT

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