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What we've been waiting for from Mark Tremonti!
on July 17, 2012
First off, let me just say that I began following Mark after discovering Creed back in my college days. Since then, I've followed him to Alter Bridge, and now his solo project. This guy is incredible - he really is one with his guitar. You've never seen wrists/fingers move so fast. He is very precise in his playing and makes sure to have plenty of melodic runs in every song he writes, as opposed to in your face head-banging on a single note for an entire song like some other bands. One final note on Mark, after meeting him back in '09 after a Creed concert, I can say that he is a very down to earth, stand-up guy. He presents himself very well in person, as well as on stage - in contrast with some other dudes out there who feel they have to smash a guitar or flip off the crowd to get a reaction. His talent speaks for itself.
As I mentioned in the subject, "All I Was" is what Mark Tremonti fans, such as myself, have been waiting for. With Creed, Mark must tame down his hard metal roots to fit the musical style of the band. With Alter Bridge, he is able to incorporate a lot more since he is the founder. With his solo project, he obviously pulled out all the stops and put everything he is into it. (Who knew he had such sick vocals to boot?!) In my own personal opinion, a single catchy riff can really make a track stand out. Mark has mentioned in interviews that his head is full of riffs that may or may not materialize into a track that makes an album. "All I Was" contains several such tracks. Some tracks with brilliant riffs that stand out in my mind include "Brains", "You Waste Your Time", "Giving Up", and "Proof". In addition to great riffs, Mark's solos in practically every song rip will your face off and leave your mouth wide-open in disbelief that it is even humanly possible to do what he does. Aside from Mark, I must give credit to Eric for the amazing backups and Garrett for the insane drum work. Finally, for others out there like myself - lyrically, Mark is always high-class. I, for one, appreciate a talented hard-rock musician who doesn't feel the need to add unnecessary profanity to his lyrics.
Bottom line - you should buy this album now. You will not regret it. Mark Tremonti has definitely delivered!