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All I Was
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2012
There's no way this album can possibly be worth all these five star reviews, it just can't.
Believe me it is, I can't even remember the name of that fella who sings in Marks other band and is mates with Slash....Ok I jest but honestly this album is incredible.
Plenty of other reviews mention how good his voice is and it is really good and suits the style of songs perfectly, you get the feeling that musically now that he hasn't got a singer to tell him certain parts of his songs are a bit heavy he's just let rip.
Some of the music is brutally heavy but always remains melodic and the drumming is absolutely brilliant, check out "Wish You Well" and you'll grin at how heavy this track is but remains accessible to people who don't understand Wookie.
I'm not a Metal expert by any stretch i've always stuck to heavy rock but this fills the gap in between it's melodic metal, if you've been hanging your nose over bands like Stone Sour and so on but could do without the screaming and growling this is perfect, every song is sung properly, i'm not knocking the screamers but it ain't everybody's cup of tea.
If you're an Alterbridge fan as well then just buy it in places it does sound like them but it's bound to.
It's Alterbridge but with a third gonad, Brilliant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2012
Having been a huge fan of Creed and more so Alter Bridge for years i couldn't wait to get hold of this album and to me it doesn't dissapoint. Mark Tremonti has an awesome playing style mixing really heavy riffs with beautiful melodies and now to add to that a pretty darn good vocal to! The band playing here are also on fire the drumming is crisp and powerful and the playing of Eric freidman (creeds touring guitarist) gives the songs extra punch. Alter Bridge fans will love this album, any fans of tremonti's playing will love this album its brilliant.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2012
Mark Tremonti has produced a brilliant power metal album that takes chunks of Creed and Alter Bridge, mixes it with Metallica and Slayer to give us All I Was. Well known as a top,top metal guitarist he delivers a strong vocal performance that matches the music brilliantly.
He could have gone all Steve Vai on us and given us 60 minutes of inane soloing but decided to make an album that punches you in the gut with its meaty riffs, picks you up and dusts you off with melodic choruses and then belts you back down with its pounding drums!
For those of us who like their music with heavy riffs and a melodic chorus this is it! Fans of Tremonti's work will be left wanting more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2012
I know it seems over the top to say this but in my personal opinion this is my perfect album. Never has a 12 track album been practically faultless from beginning to end. Every single track has sent goosebumps up my spine. Phenomenal solo's, extremely touching and catchy choruses and fantastic heavy head banging riffs. What's more to love?! I don't normally write reviews or express my opinions online but this album has made me open up to let you all know that if you haven't bought it and you're a fan of Alter Bridge or Creed then buy it now, I doubt you'll be disappointed to be honest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2012
is it me or can this man do no wrong. well i liked creed and i love alterbridge ( seen them 7 times now ) so i would like it would't i ? but to think this is mark tremonti singing on all the vocals as well is just mind blowing, not that he's singing but that he can and with such tone and range, he never sounds out of his depth, well a craking set of songs to add to mark's body of work, top notch back up on drums from garrett whitlock and eric friedman on bass, and mak tremonti on lead is on top form, if you like melodic rock with an edge, done well, you will love this album. stand out tracks for me, leave it alone and the things i've seen, just goes to show if you look hard enuf you will find top notch hard rock, it's out there. enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2012
If Black Sabbath were to release their first ever cd today, this would be it. Pulsating drums, heavy heavy guitar riffs, amazing vocals and melody. Melody... something which has been lost of late with heavy guitar based music. Thank god for Mark Tremonti then. Without a shadow of a doubt the best heavy metal album of the year. Go treat yourself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2012
The album feels like it was made for Mark to unleash his heaviest guitar work so far, and i think he's had fun with it. Some fine blistering solo's on the album and whitlock on the drums is a monster a good combination. waste your time is the stand out but the whole album is strong. Looking forward to the next creed or AB album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 December 2012
Like many people reading this I am a big fan of Creed and Alterbridge. I am also a very average guitarist and am constantly amazed by guys that can not only play but sing as well.

Mark Tremonti is up there with my personal greats and with this recording he has excelled. If Amazon would allow 10 stars then this would get them all.

I won't go through each track by track but my favourites are "giving up", "proof" and "doesn't matter".

However, my personal highlight is "the things I've seen". I was lucky to avoid the "binds, seat trays and turn off all electronic equipment" call of the flight crew of a Jet 2 757 on its final approach to Arrecife (Lanzarote) airport in August. I had this track playing through my headphones and to look out at the sky and sea as the plane banked will live with me till the day I die - a real moment of truth.

For that moment alone Mark Tremonti will have my eternal thanks and if you ever get to read any of these reviews Mark, thank you for some inspirational and very moving music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2012
All I Was Mark Tremonti is fast becoming legendary status with his innovative guitar playing blending melodic riffs with a heavy style and tone. Those of you used to his work with both Creed and Alter Bridge will recognise his style. However, be prepared to be taken even deeper into his darker heavier playing as he uses this solo platform to air his need to exorcise this awesome beast! Mark also proves his worth as a vocalist too, taking to the mic to complement his guitar playing. Personally, I am a big fan of Alter Bridge and therfore prefer this slighly more restrained approach. Having said that, if you enjoy the likes of Metallica, I'm sure you'll enjoy 'All I Was'. I do rate this as a really good album though and it does feature as one of my most often played at the moment.
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on 22 July 2012
...if you want to pick up a couple dozen speeding tickets. Ever since I heard 'You Waste Your Time' with its anthemic, catchy hooks and precise double-picked (palm-muted) riffs and a killer solo on Tremonti's official Youtube page I have been waiting with bated breath for 'All I Was' to finally be released. People who had listened to Mark Tremonti's previous endeavors, in particular Alter Bridge and Creed, would know pretty much what this album would sound like: massive staccato-driven riffs like the one on 'So You're Afraid' and 'You Waste Your Time' combined with huge choruses like the ones on the opener 'Leave It Alone', 'Brains' and 'Wish You Well' and the incredibly technical solos that incorporate unusual (Myxlodian comes up often) modes. 'All I Was' is by far one of the heaviest records that Mark Tremonti has ever put out - the music he has made in this album combines the technicality, breakneck speed of thrash with the down-tuned heaviness and smudginess of groove metal, along with the huge, uplifting choruses of his previous bands Alter Bridge and Creed. The singing is handled by him as well, and his voice is surprisingly deep and powerful, if a little lackluster in defining characteristics - once in a while when a chorus comes on I had a slight twinge of yearning for Myles Kennedy's searing vocals to push the song over the top. That being said, the influences that the two primary singers that Tremonti has worked with comes out - you can hear a bit of Scott Stapp's deep, throaty singing (thankfully without his overly theatrical Eddie Vedder-isms) in his lower register, and a bit of Myle's stellar highs in his upper register (though the difference between their vocal ranges - Tremonti's baritone and Kennedy's tenor is clear to hear). 'All I Was' consists of fairly uplifting lyrics throughout, especially during the power-ballads ('New Way Out', 'The Things I've Seen') which are both hopeful as well as reminiscent of better times in the past - 'New Way Out' is a particular lyrical highlight, even if certain parts of the song border on cliche ('Still we must carry on...' - I think I've heard that in an Alter Bridge song once or twice or thrice...). The songs on the album highlight Mark Tremonti's technical prowess on the guitar as well as his love for all genres of metal music, and I would definitely say that I have been very impressed by his debut solo release.
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