So, I saw this idea of a thread on another forum, and I thought, why not bring it here? Pretty simple premise, rate the last album that you listened to, Studio or Live albums, and give a brief description or something about it. I'll start. Alter Bridge - Fortress 10/10 One word: Perfection FYI, this is the band that did Edge's theme 'Metalingus' aka 'On This Day.' This is the album I've been listening to ever since it came out (back in late September of 2013) and I am still in love with it. Loved it after the first listen. Listening to 'Fortress' has been a dreamy experience ever since it came out. I swear I'd dreamed and always wanted to hear stuff on this record; like melodies, lyrics, solos, etc... What an epic journey. 'Cry Of Achilles': All of AB's album openers are awesome. This one is an exception, it's beyond awesome, it's epic! That classical guitar intro Myles does is just haunting... And then goes like FUCKING BOOM, just bursts right into the heavy guitar part! Those riffs are mean. Plus, incredible rhythm section, Brian's bass thunders and Flip's chops are off the hook! I love it. What a beautiful tune. It's perfect top-to-bottom. 'Addicted To Pain': The lead single, hmm... It still kicks ass. I never skip it, it's got such power, it's so brutal, yet catchy and OMG, that solo is just blistering. I'm addicted to this song. 'Bleed It Dry': What a catchy, headbanging tune. One of my favorites from the new album. It just reeks of brutality. I nearly shit myself when I heard the intro. I love AB's heavy stuff and this one just might be one of the best ever. I love the contrast between its brutality and the softer side that follows the bridge. Mark's guitar solo is eargasmic, very David Gilmour-like. 'Lover': The strumming of the intro resembles 'Burn It Down' a bit, caught my attention right away. This song strikes me every time I hear it, 'cause I can relate to it, it's got such powerful lyrics. I love The Mayfield Four vibe this song gives and the [AB] aggression it has right after the chorus... And that third verse, wow, so dark! I love it and it's cool it tells a story that everything can disintegrate, eventually. The boys have killed it with this one. It's awesome. 'The Uninvited': OMG, that 'Ah ah' intro is so awesome, I love it and then just goes like heavy, in your face. One of my favorites from 'Fortress'. Love, I just looove AB's heavy stuff. Pre-choruses of this song are just mind-blowing, I love the way Myles sings them, especially 'Stone. Faced. Liahh.' Mark's backing vocals are impressing, the dude soars when 'For the blood' line comes and then Myles takes over and it kicks so much ass. The bridge is so intense, it takes the song on a whole different level. I headbang to this tune every time I hear it. 'Peace Is Broken': Brutal riffing in this one. I love how its a total opposite of 'Rise Today'. The chorus is so catchy, it's a great sing-along, same thing goes for the bridge, and the outro solo is awesome. I love its 'Make It Right' groove and meaningful lyrics. 'Calm The Fire': Epic. Insurmountable. This song just soars! I can't describe it the right way and I can't describe how I feel about this song. It's face-melting and mind-blowing at the same time. That acoustic intro with Myles' angelic voice over it, always gives me goosebumps... And once again, the pre-choruses are badass, especially the one that goes like 'When I close my eyes, I dream that we are colorblind...' - I love it so much. The chorus is anthemic, one of the best on this record. Perfect tune. 'Waters Rising': FUCKING BOOM, man! I guess that's the official description of this song. The sweet-as-honey intro that follows Mark's vocals is awesome and then the brutality of the pre-chorus is off the hook! I love how both Myles and Mark's vocals soar through the pre-chorus and the song overall. The bridge just gives me chills, I love Myles' creepy vocals and the way he sings 'Water is rising, coming to wash it all away', the bridge that melts into the solo is badass. 'Waters Rising' is so fucking powerful! 'Farther Than The Sun': Classic AB. Catchy and heavy. This is my least 'best' song from the album, it's perfectly imperfect... Mainly because of its lyrical subject matter, 'A place where I belong' thing is kinda getting monotonous for me. Yes, it's anthemic and the solo is brutal! 'Cry A River': Power and intensity. That's what it is. Myles' lyrics melt perfectly into it. One of my favorite songs on the record, both musically and lyrically. This song soars all the way through! 'All Ends Well': After all of the brutal stuff, it's great to hear a ballad. Something laid-back that you can relax to. This is one of my favorite AB ballads and it's the only AB ballad that actually ends well. 'Fortress': The title track. An opus of badassness. 7 minutes and 36 seconds of an epic journey. It's so complex, I love it, it's one of my favorites from the album. Perfect closer. What utter perfection! What a musical journey! Overall: This is the album I've always wanted AB to make. That's why it's so perfect to me. It's awesome that they thought outside of the box and tried new things. It's been a dreamy experience listening to this album.