By Greg Maki
On the business side, it might be harder for a band to exist now than it ever has been. But in the world of hard rock and metal, that hasn’t stopped countless acts from releasing album after album of quality material. Anyone who says there’s no good music today hasn’t looked past the FM dial. The previous year was one of the strongest in recent memory, highlighted by a number of veteran acts releasing albums that stand up to the best of their impressive back catalogues and newer bands still carving out names for themselves. Here are my favorites of 2016. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Tremonti’
Tags: Alter Bridge, Blackbird, Brian Marshall, Mark Tremonti, Mayfield Four, Myles Kennedy, Scott Phillips, Show Me a Leader, Slash, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, The Last Hero, Tremonti
Since forming in 2004, Alter Bridge has seen its stock steadily rise in the hard rock realm, its prominence emphasized by a full-fledged arena tour of Europe to close out 2016. On Jan. 20, the band–vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy, guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips–will kick off its first North American headlining tour in support of its latest album (see dates below), the superb 2016 release The Last Hero. Though the album is Alter Bridge’s first since 2013, the band members haven’t taken much time off. Kennedy fronts Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash’s solo band and has been working on his own solo material; Tremonti leads his eponymous, speed metal-influenced band; and Phillips hits the skins for Projected, featuring members of Sevendust and Tremonti’s band. Live Metal’s Greg Maki recently caught up with Kennedy to discuss the new album, tour and more. (more…)
Tags: Alter Bridge, Cauterize, Creed, Dust, Eric Friedman, Fret 12, Garrett Whitlock, Mark Tremonti, Release dates, Tremonti, Wolfgang Van Halen
Tremonti, the band led by Creed/Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti, will release its third album, Dust, on April 29 via Fret 12. The cover artwork can be seen below. According to a teaser video featuring a clip of the new song “Catching Fire,” which also can be seen below, new tour dates will be announced soon, as well.
Dust was recorded during the same sessions as last year’s Cauterize. It features Tremonti on vocals and guitar, Eric Friedman on guitar, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. (Tanner Keegan replaced Van Halen last year in the touring band.) Michael “Elvis” Baskette produced both albums.
“I wanted both records to flow nice within themselves,” Tremonti told Live Metal in an interview last year. “If I had two slower songs, I’d put one on one record and one on the other, and try and make the records evenly.” (more…)
Tags: Bad Magic, Best of 2015, Bullet for My Valentine, Cauterize, Ghost, Greg Maki, Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Lemmy, Marilyn Manson, Meliora, Motorhead, Right to Rise, September Mourning, Silence in the Snow, The Book of Souls, The Pale Emperor, Tremonti, Trivium, Venom, VII: Sturm und Drang, Volume 1, Wilson
By Greg Maki
Another year has come and gone, and in my opinion, 2015 was one of the strongest in recent memory in terms of quality hard rock and metal releases. My top 10 list includes bands on the rise, veteran acts reinventing themselves and a farewell to one of the most iconic figures in rock ‘n’ roll. I don’t expect everyone to agree with my picks, but you don’t have to. It’s my list, not yours. (more…)
Tags: Camera Jesus, Chad Nicefield, Full Blast Fuckery, HardDrive Live Tour, Jason Spencer, Joe Gall, Johnny Andrews, Kyle Landry, Razor & Tie, Right to Rise, Starland Ballroom, The Flood, Tremonti, Trivium, Wilson, Windows Down
A debut album titled Full Blast Fuckery is bound to turn some heads. But on its second release, Right to Rise (Razor & Tie, June 29, 2015), Wilson has taken more of a let-the-music-do-the-talking approach, with a greater emphasis on melody and songs that tell their story in their hometown of Detroit, Michigan. The result is an album brimming with power and personality that also expands the scope of the band’s sound. Wilson is spending the late summer and early fall on the hardDrive Live Tour, reaching wider audiences as it opens for Trivium and Tremonti. When the tour came to the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down outside the venue (with the soothing sounds of Tremonti soundchecking in the background) with frontman Chad Nicefield and guitarist Kyle Landry to discuss the new record, Detroit and more. (more…)
Tags: 9:30 Club, Anthrax, Baltimore, Black to the Future, Carroll Park, Chester Bennington, Chevelle, Clutch, Crobot, Ghost, Godsmack, HardDrive Live Tour, Mark Tremonti, Matt Heafy, Matt Walst, Nameless Ghouls, Pop Evil, Reverend Horton Heat, Shindig Music Festival, Silver Spring, Starland Ballroom, Stone Temple Pilots, The Fillmore Silver Spring, Three Days Grace, Tremonti, Trivium, Washington D.C., Wilson
Review by Greg Maki
For some people, a vacation is a time of relaxation, of escaping the real world and the responsibilities that come with it. Some visit with friends and family. Others travel to new and exotic locations around the world.
Me? I take a break from my day job to cover four concerts in five days, in two states and the District of Columbia. (more…)
Tags: All I Was, Cauterize, Eric Friedman, Garrett Whitlock, HardDrive Live Tour, Mark Tremonti, Sayreville, Starland Ballroom, Tanner Keegan, Tremonti
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Tags: Corey Beaulieu, HardDrive Live Tour, Knotfest, Mat Madiro, Matt Heafy, Paolo Gregoletto, Release dates, Roadrunner Records, Silence in the Snow, Slipknot, Tour Dates, Tremonti, Trivium
Roadrunner recording artist Trivium has announced the release of its seventh studio album. Silence in the Snow, following 2013’s Vengeance Falls, will arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on Friday, Oct. 2.
Produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Slash, Alter Bridge, The Amity Affliction) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Lamb of God), Silence in the Snow is now available for pre-order at www.trivium.org. Watch the video for the album’s title track below. (more…)
Tags: All I Was, Alter Bridge, Cauterize, Creed, Dust, Eric Friedman, Fret 12, Garrett Whitlock, Mark Tremonti, PRS Guitars, Tremonti, Wolfgang Van Halen
After conquering the world with two bands (Creed and Alter Bridge), Mark Tremonti is on his way to doing it again leading a third, the appropriately named Tremonti. The group—which, in addition to its namesake on lead guitar and vocals, features guitarist Eric Friedman, drummer Garrett Whitlock and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen—is an outlet for Mark’s heavier side, a nod to the music on which he grew up. Its second album, Cauterize, will be released June 9 via Fret 12, and record number three, Dust, is already in the can, too. As the band wrapped up a U.S. tour and prepared to head to Europe, Tremonti called in to Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss his eponymous band, the new album and more. (more…)
Tags: Columbus, Crew Stadium, Festivals, Godsmack, In Flames, In This Moment, Judas Priest, Like a Storm, Mapfre Stadium, Ministry, Nonpoint, Of Mice & Men, Papa Roach, Rock on the Range, Sabaton, Saint Asonia, Scott Weiland, Screaming for Silence, Tremonti
LIVE PHOTOS: Judas Priest, Godsmack, Ministry, Papa Roach, In Flames, In This Moment, Nonpoint, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, Tremonti, Of Mice & Men, Sabaton, Saint Asonia, Like a Storm, Screaming for Silence
Review by Greg Maki
Saturday, May 16, 2015
11:50 a.m., Ernie Ball Stage — SCREAMING FOR SILENCE
The winners of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, Screaming for Silence from Omaha, Nebraska, opens day two with dark skies overhead. The band also is due $15,000 in new gear as a result of its big win. (more…)
Tags: All I Was, Alter Bridge, Another Heart, Cauterize, Columbus, Crew Stadium, Eric Friedman, Festivals, Garrett Whitlock, Mapfre Stadium, Mark Tremonti, Rock on the Range, Tanner Keegan, Tremonti
Photos by Greg Maki (more…)
Tags: Breaking Benjamin, Carolina Rebellion, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, Festivals, Korn, Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy, Nonpoint, Periphery, Sammy Hagar, Slash, Slipknot, Tremonti, World's Loudest Month
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Review by Greg Maki
In its fifth year, Carolina Rebellion, held on a open field outside Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, was bigger than ever this year. The addition of a fourth stage brought the total number of bands over the two days to 39 and also spread out the festival over an almost excessively large space, driving the two main stages about a half-mile apart. This growth led to more attendees than ever before, too, with the crowd at the sold-out event reaching 40,000 on each day (based on an initial estimate of a total combined attendance of 80,000, provided by the festival’s publicist). (more…)