Alter Bridge's new album, Walk the Sky, will be out on Oct. 18 and the band has just released the first new song off the album, "Wouldn't You Rather," which can be heard below.

Devastatingly heavy and relentlessly dark, "Wouldn't You Rather" should prove to be an instant fan favorite with its rich Middle-Eastern flavored melodies and mystic vibe. As always with Alter Bridge, there's a glimmer of hope within the sinister moods.

Earlier this week), Alter Bridge announced a co-headlining North American tour with Skillet and special guest Dirt Honey. See those dates at the bottom of the page.

When speaking with Kerrang!, Mark Tremonti described the new record, stating, "It’s kinda like a John Carpenter movie – this old school synth-wave kind of vibe. Like I said, we challenge ourselves to not repeat ourselves and find new inspiration to add a different layer to what we do. It’s particularly challenging when you’ve had so many records, but when I showed Myles [Kennedy] what I was thinking he absolutely loved it and was on board right away."

Head here to pre-order the Walk the Sky album.

Skillet, Alter Bridge + Dirty Honey Tour Dates

Skillet / Alter Bridge
Skillet / Alter Bridge

Sept. 22 — Baltimore, Md. @ MECU Pavilion
Sept. 24 — New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
Sept. 25 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Met
Sept. 27 — Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live!
Sept. 28 — Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live* (Featuring special guest BRKN LOVE)
Sept. 30 — Toronto, Ontario @ REBEL*
Oct. 03 — Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium
Oct. 05 — Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Theatre
Oct. 06 — Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore
Oct. 08 — Minneapolis, Minn. @ Myth Live
Oct. 10 — Chicago, Ill. @ The Chicago Theatre
Oct. 11 — Kansas City, Mo. @Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Oct. 13 — Manchester, Tenn. @ Exit 111 Festival
Oct. 14 — St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
Oct. 16 — Mobile, Ala. @ Saenger Theatre
Oct. 17 — Birmingham, Ala. @ Avondale Brewing Company
Oct. 19 — San Antonio, Texas @ Vibes Event Center
Oct. 20 — Dallas, Texas @ The Bomb Factory
Oct. 22 — St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live
Oct. 24 — Orlando, Fla. @ House of Blues
Oct. 25 — Orlando, Fla. @ House of Blues
*No Dirty Honey

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