I'm starting to think Mark Tremonti can't sit still... and i'm kinda glad! When he isn't part of the amazing and brilliant Alter Bridge, Mark fronts his own band, Tremonti. For three albums, Tremonti (the band) has carved out their own place in the music landscape, but on their latest album, and first for Napalm Records, A DYING MACHINE, Tremonti may have outdone themselves.
More than just a straight ahead rock album, A DYING MACHINE is deep... Pink Floyd deep. The record is a bit of a concept album, according to Mark himself, " At it’s core, this is a human story, but with a twist."
Kicking off with the aggressive Bringer Of War and then the soulful From The Sky, each song creates a mood and fills you with emotions. The title track is an ambitious piece of music. As a prog rock fan I love the time changes, the King Crimson undertones and the pure humanity in Mark's voice.
And that is just the first three songs.
What I noticed as I listened to the entire disc in order (the way an album should be listened to) is that it has a very deliberate flow to it; moments that make you uncomfortable in Trust to ones that make your soul feel so good like the chorus in Take You With Me. Every song is big and full of emotion, both good and bad. The last time I felt that much emotion in an album was Marillion's MISPLACED CHILDHOOD way back in 1985.
As deep as A DYING MACHINE certainly is, you don't need to study every lyric or diascent every riff to just enjoy it, and I think that is why I love it so much. As I write this paragraph I am listening again to my favorite song on the disc, As The Silence Be and hearing things I missed the past 10 listens. It has the Tremonti guitar sound all over it but when he sings, it is pure magic.
If you loved Creed for the spirituality and Altar Bridge for the majestic sound, then you will love A DYING MACHINE for all those reasons... and more. It has got heavy chugging riffs, melodic rhythms and awesome vocals that any rock album needs, but there is something a bit more... maybe magic?
The production by Michael “Elvis” Baskette is near perfect! Every instrument, sound and emotion has its place in the mix without getting lost or pushed to the back. The cover 9see above) is a simple image and color scheme that speaks volumes and gives you an idea of what you are in for!
Tremonti (the band) is Mark Tremonti (vocals/guitar), Erik Friedman (guitar/bass) and Garrett Whitlock (drums). A DYING MACHINE was released today on Napalm Records!
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