2015 Mark Tremonti interview
The sophomore album can be the one that makes or breaks an artist. Some artists pull through with great albums that improve upon their debut while others are disappointingly bland or unspectacular. An album cannot possibly leave you disappointed if it has some quality diversity in it. Mark Tremonti’s debut solo album, All I Was, did exactly that. The lead guitarist of the two famous American hard rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge showcased his heavier alter-ego through his debut record under the Tremonti flag. With his sophomore effort, Cauterize, Tremonti blends the genre varying from speed, progressive and thrash metal to slow and hard rock; making it a drastic change from Tremonti’s previous work. Mark Tremonti has always been one of my favorite guitarists. I doubt I can equate with words, what he creates with sound. Cauterize perfectly reaches the pinnacle of all-out shredding and hypnotic riffs. In essence, it’s everything that a classic hard rock/heavy metal record should be. This is the heavier side of Tremonti, which has always sparked up in Alter Bridge. Now, it’s unleashed and ready to reign the world of rock and heavy metal.
Indeed with Mark Tremonti getting completely involved in the writing and recording of the album, it also allows him to shine as a lead vocalist. The Tremonti line-up also features rhythm guitarist Eric Friedman (Creed, Ex-Submersed), bassist Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen) and drummer Garrett Whitlock (Ex-Submersed). This week, Metalholic had a chat with the guitar maestro, Mark Tremonti. He discusses new album, Cauterize, follow-up album Dust, songwriting approach and musical direction, working with producer Elvis Baskette, Alter Bridge’s upcoming album in 2016, and his thoughts about a Creed reunion. The full interview is below.
Cauterize will be released on June 9th through Fret12. Check out the lyric video for “Another Heart” below.