12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mark Tremonti—lead guitarist of arena rock juggernauts Creed and Alter Bridge—goes solo with his 2012 debut album, All I Was. Aside from adding to the post-grunge canon with weighty riffs and throaty singing, Tremonti re-waters his metal roots. So while the opening tune, “Leave It Alone,” chugs along like early Alice in Chains, the guitar work has moments that blend Kirk Hammett of Metallica’s shredding with Dimebag Darrell of Pantera’s penchant for groove-heavy riffs. Bassist Eric Friedman and drummer Garrett Whitlock of Submersed help flesh out these songs—Friedman with meaty bass lines (“So You’re Afraid”) and Whitlock with the ability to segue from simple meat-and-potato rhythms (“Brains”) to more dexterous dynamics (“You Waste Your Time”). As with Creed, Tremonti takes time to slow down and execute impressive power ballads. “The Things I’ve Seen” recalls Ten-era Pearl Jam, replete with Eddie Vedder-esque inflections peppering the verses. “All I Was” contrasts lilting melodies that seem to sway in the breeze with distorted guitars and a nasal-toned growl, resonating similar to that of the late Layne Staley.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mark Tremonti—lead guitarist of arena rock juggernauts Creed and Alter Bridge—goes solo with his 2012 debut album, All I Was. Aside from adding to the post-grunge canon with weighty riffs and throaty singing, Tremonti re-waters his metal roots. So while the opening tune, “Leave It Alone,” chugs along like early Alice in Chains, the guitar work has moments that blend Kirk Hammett of Metallica’s shredding with Dimebag Darrell of Pantera’s penchant for groove-heavy riffs. Bassist Eric Friedman and drummer Garrett Whitlock of Submersed help flesh out these songs—Friedman with meaty bass lines (“So You’re Afraid”) and Whitlock with the ability to segue from simple meat-and-potato rhythms (“Brains”) to more dexterous dynamics (“You Waste Your Time”). As with Creed, Tremonti takes time to slow down and execute impressive power ballads. “The Things I’ve Seen” recalls Ten-era Pearl Jam, replete with Eddie Vedder-esque inflections peppering the verses. “All I Was” contrasts lilting melodies that seem to sway in the breeze with distorted guitars and a nasal-toned growl, resonating similar to that of the late Layne Staley.

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About Tremonti

This thrash-oriented solo project of Mark Tremonti, the Grammy-winning lead guitarist of Alter Bridge (and formerly Creed), was formed in 2010 as an outlet for the prolific songwriter's material that was not suitable for his main band. Recruiting former Submersed members Eric Friedman and Garrett Whitlock, he went into the studio in 2011, recording his debut album, All I Was, during a period of three months when Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy was out on the road in his capacity as vocalist with Slash. The album, which was warmly received by critics, showcased a remarkably different sound from the guitarist's previous work: heavy, fast thrash metal pronouncedly influenced by early Metallica, yet featuring a strongly melodic core with hints of the post-grunge sound that made his other bands so popular. 2015's Cauterize, his sophomore solo outing, and 2016's Dust, were recorded at the same time, and featured bass work from Wolfgang Van Halen. ~ John D. Buchanan

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