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TREMONTI’S NEW ALBUM EXPLORES ECLECTIC TERRITORY

Album out now!

BY: MICHELLE PEREZ-VEGA

Every band has a judgment day when it has to prove itself, once and for all.

Tremonti’s validation has finally come in the form of the band’s fifth studio album, Marching In Time, a clear-cut aural assault courtesy of the band’s eponymously juggernaut guitarist, aka Mark Tremonti.

For this album, Tremonti and fellow stalwart guitarist, Eric Friedman, are joined by Bassist Tanner Keegan and Drummer Ryan Bennett. Marching In Time was produced by longtime Tremonti friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette, producer extraordinaire of artists such as Slash, Falling In Reverse, Sevendust, and Alter Bridge.

TREMONTI
FROM LEFT, RYAN BENNETT, MARK TREMONTI, ERIC FRIEDMAN, TANNER KEEGAN

Musically, Marching In Time is everything you would expect and more from Tremonti. Tremonti delivers a wide-ranging selection of genres and explores an assortment of sounds that weave throughout each song. To be sure, there are the ever-present and relentless riffs that Tremonti is famous for. But Marching In Time showcases 12 strong individual tracks and a surprising variety from Tremonti. That in itself is a hard thing to successfully pull off: while other bands risk sounding like they all over the board, it just works exceptionally well for Tremonti.

There is definitely something for everyone in Marching In Time. For example, listeners can hear heavy metal overtones in “Let There Be Us.” Then there is the fast and abrasive thrash/speed nuances of “In One Piece,” where the guitars are proficiently pitted against each other, complete with the hardcore-like drumming and driving bass. Pure-pounding rock results in “Would You Kill” and “Bleak” whereas “Not Afraid To Lose” and “Under The Sun” lends a nod to alternative rock. This does not mean Tremonti is confused by what musical direction or place the band is striving to find. On the contrary, Marching In Time demonstrates an eclectic experiment of musical flavors that gives a viable platform for the band.

In addition, one of the most refreshing aspects of Marching In Time is not so much the well-proclaimed musical expertise but the intelligent and meaningfully-written lyrics. Tremonti’s words can be thought-provoking and conscientious at times. In “Bleak,” the guitarist poeticizes, “Now here at last the time gone/Remain the fool, the victim of/Life it would likely beat you down/At least the fight is over now/It’s over now” though others times his lyrics are simply refined in nature as in “If Not For You.” (“Guilty again, if it were not for you then I’d be dead/Then I’d be dead.”) But even the latter are emitted with all the expressed intensity and eloquence that we have come to expect from the guitarist.

This is especially further evidenced in the seven-minute title track, “Marching In Time.” The song is personal in nature and appears to be specifically written for his young family as a fatherly plea, especially since Tremonti became a father again to a daughter during the pandemic. (“So many lives marching in time/move to the beat of the old and the blind/under the skin, hollow within/Sift through the ashes we’ve all left behind, oh please promise me/I’d do anything. I’d do anything/Don’t let this cold world change you/ Don’t ever go astray, and don’t you… Fail to keep on giving/Don’t fail to show your strength… No/Like so many lives marching in time/Never let go, hold onto hope/Know in your heart that you’ll never be alone/ I know you will see if you believe/The more that you give, then the less you’ll ever need/Oh please promise me/You’re my everything.”)

Vocally, Tremonti has grown since the band’s 2015 debut solo album, Cauterize. Tremonti is a vocalist that can bring the live feel back to the studio; he knows his range capabilities and delivers with each song. As a result, Marching In Time sounds clear and not overly produced, lacking the massive overdubs and studio techniques that some bands employ to enhance the sound. While the band bears Tremonti’s name, props also need to be extended to Friedman, Keegan, and Bennett, each prolific musicians in their own rights who provide a solid background to the guitar maestro. All solid players that make Marching In Time a band rather than a side project by Tremonti.

Tremonti fans won’t be disappointed with Marching In Time and the album will definitely win a lot more fans with this release.

FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS

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