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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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
741 Ratings

741 Ratings

Bluedevil21 ,

amazing album

Tremonti is a great solo release. Glad Mark fit this in between AB and Creed. And who knew he could sing too??!! Why have Scott Stapp in Creed.. Mark just sing in Creed and leave all the drama behind in dealing w Stapp.

MyNameIs67 ,

Mr. Tremonti Brings It!

The first thing people must understand about this album is that it is not eant to be groundbreaking in any way. It is meant to be a strong metal record that is a straight listen. That being said, it excells at just that. It has all the elements that should be expected from one of todays' rock best. All I Was has the passion of Creed, and the pure brutality of Alter Bridge. I always thought Mark provided great backing vocals for both his bands, but I did not expect him to sound THIS good. He really has some vocal talent. His band is tight throughout and delivers the perfect backdrop of pounding drums and slashing riffs for Mark's SHREDDING solos. The record definitley is a very easy listen. The only knock on this album is that it is not terribly special, but it is exactlly what I was expecting and for that it is great. Another point to note is that (although I love Myles) it is far superior in my mind to any of Myles' or Scott's side work up to date. Then again, Mark is a TRUE metalhead. Keep us rockin Mark!!

Mike_Guitar ,

Tremonti At His Heaviest

Quite simply put, this is some of Mark Tremonti's finest work. From Garrett Whitlock's pounding, intricate drum slaying, to Eric Friedman's kickass rhythm guitar work and booming bass duties, the rhythm section of this album does anything but hide in the background. Mark Tremonti has solidified himself as an elite musician, not only by providing 12 solid songs, but proving to the world that he has some strong vocal pipes as well. Go buy this album if your a Alter Bridge or Creed fan, or simply just a Hard Rock fan; you surely won't be disappointed!

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