Cool thread, here's what I got.
Alter Bridge's Blackbird - Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal.
Now, it is hard for me to describe similar bands to them. I would say something like a mixture between Shinedown, Slash, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, and some of the current hard rock bands and past rock bands. This band, imo, is like a melting pot regarding everything that has to do with hard rock music.
Ok, give me a moment. For me, I think this is probably the best album ever. This album has a nice blend of everything that has to do with rock music. There's some heavy songs, soft songs, songs that makes you think about life and everything around it, and some pretty good radio-listening singles. Musically, there are two key elements to notice to really enjoy this album: Mark Tremonti's guitar work and his guitar solos, and Myles Kennedy's voice and his most distinctive notes.
Out of the great songs on this album, I would highly recommend Blackbird, the title track. This eight minute song symbolizes everything great about this band. The main highlights of that song are the two guitar solos played back-to-back by Kennedy and Tremonti, respectively.
Other recommendations would be Come to Life, Brand New Start, Watch Over You, White Knuckles, Wayward One etc. Essentially, this album is so damn consistently good. I highly recommend listening to it to hard rock fans and general music fans.
"And at that point, Billy, your house starts to shake, the heavens opened up, and God, himself, spoke to you and said this, Bob, but my name is Billy. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS." - The Rock.