Guitarist Mark Tremonti feels that Alter Bridge are breaking out of the shadow of his other band, Creed, but reveals that he'll be devoting more time to the latter group in 2012.

Tremonti, whose Alter Bridge bandmates Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips are also in Creed, says the plan is to return to Creed next year while Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy serves as singer in ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash's band.

"It’s hard to tell what we’ll do next year, but the bulk will be more on the Creed front for us and more on the Slash front for Myles," Tremonti tells Guitar International. "And hopefully we can fit in a few months to get some Alter Bridge touring in, as well."

Despite Alter Bridge's success, Tremonti admits that it's taken some time to establish the band as a force to be reckoned with on its own.

"It’s definitely been a hard, uphill battle, but artistically, we’ve loved it so much that it’s kept us in the game," remarks Tremonti. "I think finally were getting out from underneath that Creed shadow, and the word is spreading. We’re finally starting to see very real success, which makes us very happy."

Alter Bridge are gearing up to embark on the Carnival of Madness tour with Theory of a Deadman, Adelitas Way and others. The trek kicks off this Saturday, Aug. 13, in Twin Lakes, Wis.