MARK TREMONTI DUST REVIEW 3 1/2 SKULLS OUT OF 4!


Track Listing:

1. My Last Mistake (3 out of 4 skulls)

2. The Cage (4 out of 4 skulls)
3. Once Dead (3 out of 4 skulls)
4. Dust (4 out of 4 skulls)
5. Betray Me (3 out of 4 skulls)
6. Tore My Heart Out (4 out of 4 skulls)
7. Catching Fire (4 out of 4 skulls)
8. Never Wrong (3 out of 4 skulls)
9. Rising Storm (2 out of 4 skulls)
10. Unable to See (4 out of 4 skulls)


Dust, the third album by Tremonti, showcases how far frontman and lead guitarist Mark Tremonti has come as a songwriter. The heavy riffs are always there, but the song arrangements are more dynamic, as are the vocals.

With Dust, Tremonti separates itself a little bit further from the sonic template of Mark's past. Songs such as The Cage, and Never Wrong are real standouts in that regard.

Don't take that the wrong way -- the record clearly has the influences of Alter Bridge and Creed. The song Unable to See clearly sounds like a Creed tune with Tremonti singing. But Mark isn't afraid to make left hand turns on this album, which is refreshing.


If you love thrashy riffs, with deep baritone vocals that emphasize melodic singing, check this record out. Amazing performances from Mark, guitarist Eric Friedman, bassist Wolf Van Halen, and drummer Garrett Whitlock.


Dedication breeds the best results. Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum guitarist and singer Mark Tremonti continues to wholeheartedly commit himself to his craft, barely drawing a breath for air in between his eponymous band, Alter Bridge, and Creed.

Following tours supporting his critically acclaimed 2012 solo debut, All I Was, and Alter Bridge’s chart-topping Fortress, he immediately began writing in his Orlando Studio at the top of 2014. Joined by longtime guitarist Eric “Erock” Friedman, drummer Garrett Whitlock, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen—a studio first—Tremonti penned more than twenty-five songs over the course of multiple sessions.

“We wanted to do a ton of songs,” he affirms. “I decided to take my entire catalog of material, get everything out, and purge it. On All I Was, we couldn’t spend as much time on pre-production. Now, we took the time to tear the songs apart and put them back together again so they could become as dynamic as possible. That helped make the new music what is.”

Emerging from the most prolific period of his two-decade career, Tremonti delivers successive albums—Cauterize and Dust—on his Fret12 Records with production by Michael "Elvis" Baskette [Alter Bridge/Slash}. Cauterize lead the charge in summer 2015 and Dust is following in April 2016, the one-two punch of modern thrash and melody that has become the group’s signature fuels this engine, but Tremonti tweaks it with a polyrhythmic jackhammer at just the right moments. As a result, the music stands at a crossroads between timeless metal, infectious hard rock, and progressive pummeling.

“We were going after three elements,” he goes on. “To me, melody is the most important part of any song. Combining that with speed metal is the most rewarding aspect of assembling the music. Then, we color the songs with a modern twist of polyrhythms. It makes a statement.”
From the first riffs of album opener “My Last Mistake” to the final notes of the closer “Unable To See,” it is apparent that Dust is not a collection of B-sides or leftover material. These ten new tracks continue to showcase Mark’s hard rock/heavy metal influences alongside the material from Cauterize. Songs like “Once Dead,” “Betray Me” and “Rising Storm” hold their own place as weapons in Tremonti’s musical arsenal.
 
“The Dust songs are just as important to me as the Cauterize songs. ‘My Last Mistake’ is about not being strong enough to break the severable ties of an all consuming bad influence whether it be a person, addiction or bad habits in general. ‘Betray Me’ is about the purity of trust and ugliness of betrayal. ‘The Cage’ is about a foolish person who was to stubborn to listen to the good advice of others and now walks the earth a broken man.”

The first single from Dust is the title track and Mark’s favorite song from both albums.

Dust is about how it feels to watch a close friend lose confidence in you.”

“On these records, we knew what we were capable of, and we ran with it,” he asserts. “The great thing about touring as a band is you realize what songs excite you on the road. That’s why when we got back into the studio, we followed the path we did and fortified this sound.”

It’s a sound that continues to engage listeners. The group sold out countless shows on its tours and has a full slate of dates lined up ahead—including appearances at major festivals such as Download Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, and Hellfest. Meanwhile, Cauterize reaffirmed Tremonti as a metallic force with both Classic Rock and Metal Hammer awarding it an impressive 8-out-of-10 and The Sun, Guitarist, and Kerrang! praising it with 4-out-of-5 stars.

However, Cauterize and Dust usher in the next age of Tremonti.

“I hope people can enjoy the music the way I do,” he leaves off. “As we were recording, there was this excitement amongst everyone. We go into every record questioning if we’ll be able to outdo the previous album. That’s my goal—to make a better record every time. If one fan thinksDust is better than Cauterize and All I Was, we’ve done our job.”

 



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