Not that I had thought about what this album might sound like, but this album caught me off guard, and I love it. Alter Bridge changed their sound in this album, while building on the progressiveness that we first saw in Fortress. With a great mix of tempos and dynamics, and the superb, unrestricted songwriting of these four artists, The Last Hero keeps you on your toes. My top four (in no order) are: My Champion, Cradle to the Grave, This Side of Fate, and Island of Fools. Island of Fools hits you like a ton of bricks and I think it's their best up-tempo, heavy song to date. With this effort, Alter Bridge further solidifies themselves in a class of their own when it comes to American hard rock/metal of the 21st century.