Earlier this year, Alter Bridge announced that they had begun work on their fourth studio album, and now the band is offering up all the juicy details surrounding their upcoming release. The 13-song disc, titled ‘Fortress,’ will make its debut on Oct. 8.

Working once again with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, new songs like ‘Bleed It Dry’ and ‘Farther From the Sun’ are being described as some of the heaviest material ever recorded by Alter Bridge. It's not all heavy though, as tunes like ‘All Ends Well’ and the title track ‘Fortress’ put the band’s softer side on full display. All in all, the songs seem to encompass everything that Alter Bridge have built their career on -- melodic vocals courtesy of Myles Kennedy, stellar guitar work at the hands of Mark Tremonti and the talented rhythm section of Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums rounding out the quartet.

Tremonti opens up about the recording process, saying, “When we started pre-production on this album, we pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement.” He continues, “We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet.  From the early feedback we have received, it looks like we have achieved what we set out to do.”

Shortly after ‘Fortress’ is released, Alter Bridge will set out on a European tour that will take them through countries like France, Germany, Sweden and Italy – just to name a few. (Check out all of the tour stops below.) Fans in the States may have to wait a little longer to see Alter Bridge, as the band currently only has one U.S. tour date booked in 2013 -- an Oct. 4 show at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla.

Alter Bridge 2013 Tour Dates:

10/4 - Orlando, Fla. - House of Blues
10/16 - Nottingham, UK - Arena
10/17 - Birmingham, UK - NIA
10/18 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
10/20 - Cardiff, UK - Arena
10/21 - Glasgow, UK - Hydro
10/22 - Manchester, UK - Arena
10/24 - Paris, FRA - Zenith
10/25 - Brussels, BEL - AB
10/27 - Berlin, GER - Huxley's
10/28 - Copenhagen, DEN - Vega
10/29 - Stockholm, SWE - Arenan
11/3 - Amsterdam, HOL - Heineken Music Hall
11/4 - Dusseldorf, GER - Mitsbishi Electric Halle
11/5 - Wiesbaden, GER - Schlachthof
11/7 - Vienna, AUS - Gasometer
11/8 - Munich, GER - Zenith
11/9 - Zurich, SWI - Hallenstadion
11/11 - Rome, ITA - Atlantico
11/12 -  Milan, ITA - Mediolanum
11/14 - Barcelona, SPA - Razzmatazz 2
11/15 - Madrid, SPA - Arena
11/16 - Lisbon, POR - Coliseum