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Alter Bridge Says "Addicted to Pain" Is About an “Abusive Relationship”

Image courtesy of Austin Hargrave (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Austin Hargrave (via ABC News Radio)

Earlier this month, Alter Bridge posted a stream of “ Addicted to Pain ,” the first single from the group’s upcoming fourth album, Fortress .  Now, guitarist Mark Tremonti has revealed that the track is about a very unhealthy relationship.

"It's pretty much about an abusive relationship where somebody just keeps on going in this relationship, getting maybe not just physically beat up but mentally beat up,” he tells Billboard .  “They've done it for so long they pretty much tell them that they must be addicted to this pain to keep on going through it."

Tremonti adds that Fortress is an “exciting record [from] top to bottom” that’s filled with lots of high-energy tracks. “There's only two songs that aren't really big rockers and are more midtempo, and two others that could be considered more epic-y but still have a really big rock sound,” he explains.  “We pushed ourselves really hard to try and improve our sound with it and improve our boundaries.”

Fortress will arrive in stores on October 8.

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