One Day Remains

One Day Remains is the debut studio album by the American rock band Alter Bridge, released on August 10, 2004, on Wind-up Records. The album was produced by Ben Grosse,[1] making it the band's only album to not be produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette as of 2020; additionally, it is the only release by the band on which lead singer Myles Kennedy does not play guitar. It has been certified Gold in the United States as of November 2004, with worldwide sales reaching 750,000.[2][3] It is said the album received its name from the band members' attitudes that life should be lived as if only one day remains. Guitarist Mark Tremonti also said in an interview that the title is a reference to the title cards that appeared in the 2001 movie Donnie Darko, and it is one of the names the band considered using before settling with Alter Bridge.[citation needed]

One Day Remains
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 10, 2004
ProducerBen Grosse, Alter Bridge
Alter Bridge chronology
One Day Remains
Myles Kennedy chronology
Second Skin
One Day Remains
Singles from One Day Remains
  1. "Open Your Eyes"
    Released: June 11, 2004
  2. "Find the Real"
    Released: February 10, 2005
  3. "Broken Wings"
    Released: June 27, 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[4]
Blender2/5 stars[5]
KNAC4/5 stars[6]
Slant2/5 stars[7]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips[8].

One Day Remains
1."Find the Real"4:43
2."One Day Remains"4:05
3."Open Your Eyes"4:58
4."Burn It Down"6:11
6."Broken Wings"5:06
7."In Loving Memory" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)5:40
8."Down to My Last"4:46
9."Watch Your Words"5:25
10."Shed My Skin"5:08
11."The End Is Here" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)4:57
Total length:55:23

Track informationEdit


Although never released as a single, "Metalingus" is one of Alter Bridge's most popular songs and is a live staple. The song has been used by WWE wrestler and Hall of Famer Edge as his entrance theme since 2004.[9]

"In Loving Memory"Edit

Like "Metalingus", "In Loving Memory" was never released as a single, though it is one of the band's most popular songs among fans. On November 5, 2008 in Glasgow, an electric version of the song was performed for the first time, and has since become a regular feature in their live shows.

Mark Tremonti wrote the song about the death of his mother, Mary Elizabeth Tremonti, who died in 2002. In an interview he said: "There are a lot of themes on this record that are very personal, for example 'In Loving Memory' is about my mother who recently passed away. In terms of purely personal significance, you cannot get any deeper than that. It is definitely a sad song."[10]

Chart performanceEdit


Chart (2004) Peak
Australian ARIA Charts[11] 37
German Albums Chart[12] 61
Netherlands Albums Chart[13] 56
New Zealand Albums Chart[14] 25
Swiss Music Charts[15] 54
UK Albums Chart[16] 102
US Billboard 200[17] 5


Year Title US US Main US

2004 "Open Your Eyes" 123 2 24 49
2005 "Find the Real" 7
"Broken Wings" 29
"—" denotes the song failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified.


  • "Save Me", featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film Elektra.
  • "Solace" has been recorded during the ODR sessions, but it didn't make the record. The song "Solace" was a possible band name they were seriously considering before deciding on Alter Bridge. The lead guitarist Mark Tremonti said that in the guitar one interview from the October 2004 issue, Kennedy was singing a line from it. The intro can be heard played by Tremonti on the DVD The Sound and the Story. Some sections from the song were reportedly used by Tremonti for a song on his first solo record All I Was.[citation needed] The whole song was included as "rarity" on Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities in 2017.
  • "Breathe" is another song written and has been recorded during the ODR sessions, but according to Kennedy, "it's just sitting in the vault". It was released on the Best Buy exclusive version of The Last Hero in 2016.
  • "Cruel Sun" is another song written and has been recorded during the ODR sessions, but it had yet to be heard until being included as "rarity" on Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities in 2017.



  • An edited version of the song "Open Your Eyes" was featured in the video game Madden NFL 2005 in 2004.
  • The song "Shed My Skin" was featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film Fantastic Four.
  • The song "Metalingus" was featured in the video game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 in 2010. A remixed and edited version titled You Think You Know Me (Metalingus) is also WWE wrestler Edge's entrance theme song beginning in 2004.


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  2. ^ "RIAA Searchable database – Gold and Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  3. ^ Chris Leonard (2008). "Interview: Alter Bridge: Rock music features on Rocklouder". Archived from the original on June 7, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  4. ^ Johnny Loftus. "allmusic ((( One Day Remains > Overview )))". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  5. ^ Nick Catucci (October 10, 2004). "One Day Remains - Blender". Retrieved September 12, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Eric Feller (October 23, 2004). "KNAC.COM - Reviews - Alter Bridge One Day Remains". Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  7. ^ Scott Shetler (October 1, 2004). "Alter Bridge:One Day Remains". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  8. ^ BMI Database
  9. ^ "ALTER BRIDGE Releases 'Metalingus' Track From 'Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities'". 18 August 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  10. ^ Todd Logan (March 2005). "Alter Bridge Facing the Heat". Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
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  12. ^ "German albums chart". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  13. ^ "Dutch albums chart". Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  14. ^ "New Zealand albums chart". Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  15. ^ "Swiss albums chart". Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  16. ^ "British charts". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  17. ^ "Artist Chart History – Alter Bridge". Billboard charts. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
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