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Tremonti - Marching In Time review


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Band: Tremonti
Album: Marching In Time
Release date: September 2021

01. A World Away
02. Now And Forever
03. If Not For You
04. Thrown Further
05. Let That Be Us
06. The Last One Of Us
07. In One Piece
08. Under The Sun
09. Not Afraid To Lose
10. Bleak
11. Would You Kill
12. Marching In Time

The journey continues for Mark Tremonti's solo project. It could be categorized as a mix of heavy metal with radio rock influences. It is fairly similar to Alter Bridge, just sans the "other guy" who happens to be Miles Kennedy, and well, most of the other folks who happen to be in that talented band. So we are looking at a de facto lower score on the technical progressive classic rock scale and more of an emotionally-charged heavy metal experience, which sounds like a good thing, right? So, where does that bring us?

It is definitely heavy metal with a radio rock vibe and mad skills. The low guitar tone is crushingly powerful, and the overall guitar work impressive as usual. The vocals are surprisingly top notch, provided you have never heard of Mark's previous albums that is. The guy can sing. So much so, he is up there with the best ones in my book. The songwriting is mostly direct and at times not so much, but the overall goal is to instant gratify and it does that to perfection. His trademark accelerating tapping solos are aplenty. Perfectly supported by bandmates Eric Friedman (guitars, bass, vocals) and Garrett Whitlock (drums), Tremonti are killing it.

Whether it is the groovy rocking opener "A World Away", the bluesy folk Americana of "The Last One of Us", the standout power tracks such as "Let That Be Us", "In One Piece", "Under The Sun" and "Would You Kill", the folksy radio rock ballad that is "Not Afraid to Lose", or the epic killer "Marching In Time", this album cements Mark as a singularly skilled singer/songwriter.

The other thing that I respect with Tremonti: Those records never seem to end. No half-assed sessions, "we are walking in and we are recording twelve tracks minimum guys". The rocking on keeps on grooving until you can barely remember the first song anymore. But hey, that's one out of the old classic playbook.

Where Marching In Time fails to make a mark is if you start comparing it to the epic songs from Alter Bridge. But, let's be kind and take this at face value. For being a straight heavy metal offering, Marching In Time is one hell of a monolithic, intense, compelling piece of music with an unequaled guitar tone to boot. The album achieves its goal for a kick-ass heavy metal/radio rock fusion. Perhaps it falls short of its predecessor A Dying Machine in terms of sheer intensity, which was itself a cannonball of a record. However, if you are hunkering for Americana with a modern twist and a killer singer/songwriter/guitar player, this is most definitely the album for you. I, for one, will "now and forever" be grateful for every Tremonti album. And Marching In Time is definitely bringing it. So keep 'em coming Mark.

"I am not ashamed of the scars that define me...."

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 8

Written on 16.10.2021 by Bringing you reviews of quality music and interesting questions such as:

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Comments: 2   Visited by: 54 users
16.10.2021 - 18:42
I've always appreciated the way Mark Tremonti writes his riffs; they are more often than not very melodic and memorable. His ability to balance between heaviness and softer moments is remarkable, and as you say, he's a skilled songwriter. I don't know why, but I've never quite gotten used to how solid of a singer he is either. While I can't say I'll be returning to this album for a full listen I do agree with you about "no half-assed sessions". It's a solid showcase even if, for me, it doesn't have lasting appeal.
18.10.2021 - 00:57
I don't know why but I could never really get into Tremonti. I have seen them live and they were quite energetic, but the songs don't impress me much. I just don't get the same effect from them that you obviously get. Oh well, we cannot all have the same taste, can we?

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