Q: Your new solo album is quite a surprise. It’s not a typical instrumental shred album, nor is it a full-blown speed metal album as rumour has it. What is your take?
Mark: "Well, in a way the album is a reflection of all the speed and thrash metal I grew up listening to. It’s very much a back to the roots sort of thing for me. The album is build around parts and songs I presented to my band mates in Creed and Alter Bridge, but they didn’t like it or they simply didn’t work out within the musical frame of both bands. I did push Alter Bridge in a much heavier direction, but Alter Bridge isn’t a metal band at the end of the day."
Q: The uptempo parts of 'So You’re Afraid' reminds me of 'Battery' and 'Damage Inc' off the Master Of Puppets album and 'Wish You Well' reminds me a lot of vintage ANNIHILATOR. To what extent are Kirk Hammett/Metallica and Jeff Waters/Annihilator sources of inspiration on those particular tracks?
Mark: "I’ve never listened to Annihilator, but METALLICA is my prime source of inspiration, especially when it comes to downstroking on the guitar. Plus Master of Puppets is still one of my favourite all-time records. The song you mentioned isn’t meant as a deliberate tribute or something. It’s all feel and emotion. 'So You’re Afraid' is actually based on part I used for one of my instruction videos. It was one my favourite riffs and thus it made it way to my solo album.
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The tracklist for the album is as follows:
'Leave It Alone'
'So You’re Afraid'
'Wish You Well'
'The Things I’ve Seen'
'You Waste Your Time'
'New Way Out'
'All I Was'
In the Artisan News report below, Tremonti discusses the July 17th release of All I Was, issued under the moniker TREMONTI: