Alter Bridge and Creed’s Mark Tremonti Talks Metal Music


Story by Cat Badra

Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed says he was raised on metal

Mark Tremonti is best known for his lightning-fast guitar work in Creed and Alter Bridge, and although those bands are far from “metal,” Tremonti says he grew up a big metalhead. In fact, when it came to Tremoni’s current solo release, “All I Was,” he says the album ended up packing tracks that were too metal-centric for his other bands.

“I grew up a metalhead, and when you start bands, you work with the people that you know in town and not everybody has the same roots,” Tremonti told The Nervous Breakdown. “The band that you form becomes a mixture of everybody’s influences and I wanted to really pull out all my roots on this record and go in that direction where it’s a combination of strong vocal melody and heavy, speed metal-rooted music.”

He added that the music on “All I Was” brings together, “all of the stuff that I grew up on, ever since I was a kid. That’s the stuff that’s really in my wheelhouse. The right hand, down-strokey kind of speed metal rhythms and thrash kind of stuff. That’s what I dug as a kid and I always wrote riffs like that, it’s just that a lot of them were too metal for my other bands, so this is a perfect time to get them out there.”

As for the rest of the year, Tremonti says he’s going to be busy between all of his projects. “We’ve done a couple shows [for the solo record] already and then we’ve got huge amounts of airtime all over the place on Comcast to get people to check out the record,” he said. “Then we’re going to be touring in September, October and maybe a bit of November. Hopefully back out again in February, after Myles [Kennedy] and I put together a big chunk of the next Alter Bridge record, and then wherever there are breaks, we’ll try and support it.”


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