Alter Bridge just unveiled a rousing new track titled “Dying Light” — the latest single from the alt-rockers forthcoming sixth studio album Walk the Sky, which is scheduled to be released on October 18th.
Starting light with some layered guitars and a solid, sturdy drumbeat, the track (which arrives with a beautiful visualizer from Dan Sturgess) quietly chills out while singer Myles Kennedy shows off his powerful voice in the first verse. As the chorus kicks in, the song begins to grow and expand, eventually becoming a soaring anthem perfectly in line with the material for which the band are known.
Earlier this year, guitarist and Alter Bridge co-founder Mark Tremonti told Kerrang! the new album has elements in common with John Carpenter films, specifically “this old school synth-wave kind of vibe … Some might hear the record and have no idea that was intended, but for a batch of songs I tapped into some old loops that I either created or found randomly online.” Listen closely near the end of “Dying Light,” and several of the licks indeed sound like someone transposed an old horror film score into a guitar part, adding depth and mystery to the otherwise triumphant layout of the song.
Despite this dark inspiration, Tremonti admits the lyrics come from a much less sinister place. “This is more of an enlightening, Zen kind of record,” he told the publication. “It’s not a preachy record by any means, it’s more of a free-spirited kind of thing.”
Hear “Dying Light” above, and check out Alter Bridge’s brand new album Walk the Sky when it’s released via Napalm Records on October 18th. The group are currently busy touring the United States alongside Skillet and Dirty Honey now through October 25th before heading to Europe to finish out the year. Find a full list of dates and ticketing info here.