Hi there! It’s about time I did another song review, like I normally do. I’ve had this song stuck on my mind for the past week or so, which came out of nowhere – I haven’t listened to this song in a long time. The song I’m writing about today is called Slip To The Void by Alter Bridge off the album AB III (2010). I think you will notice I’ve thought of and listened to this song a lot. Here are the lyrics. Enjoy!

I can’t really put my finger on it, but there is just something about this song that is greatly satisfying to listen to. Myles Kennedy’s voice is amazing, the guitar riffs are heavy and sort of edgy, and the song just rocks out to lyrics that are actually pretty depressing and haunting. The intro is calm, with an eerie mood, introduced by a synth, and Kennedy’s voice almost whispering the imperative “Slip to the void, to the dark, to the fall…”. The calmness is not comforting, but more like a sense of  ‘calm before the storm’. Moving on, the song introduces the strumming of a guitar and muffled sound of the bass, as Kennedy goes on with more warnings, and you can almost feel the guilt sneak up on you with “My God, what have you done? You don’t belong here”.
The song hits a break-through point as Myles goes off with his voice “Sever the ties, trip the wire, dig your hole…”, and you can see the full potential of the song. Kennedy really can do wonders with his voice, taking it down to almost a whisper and up to those high notes.
Harmonizing vocals in the chorus and bridge with Mark Tremonti makes the sound very full in volume, their voices really fit well together. In the bridge there is a split guitar solo as well, between the singing, which is quite good, but isn’t very long in duration, and it seems like the guitar riffs is more important in this song rather than the solo, which I don’t mind.
The song finishes the way it started, drums stopping as sudden as they had started, fading out the guitars, and takes it down to only the synth as it also fades out to a stop. I’ve listened to this song so many times this week alone, I really can’t count it, and still manage to get a creepy feeling in the intro, a feeling of guilt and shame by the lyrics, and a sense of satisfaction by the harmonizing chorus and awesome guitar riffs.

 

“Doubt is alive and you know
You were once led to believe
You were young and so naive
But now no longer”
(Slip To The Void – Alter Bridge)