Mark Tremonti must be one of the most productive people in metal right now. Not content with releasing three albums since 2010 and a busy touring schedule with the hugely successful Alter Bridge, he launched a new band under his name in 2012 which is already marking their fourth album. As part of that tour, Tremonti visited London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town.
After solid warm-up sets by tour mates Disconnected and The Raven Age, Mark Tremonti and his bandmates burst onto the stage with the rapidfire duo of ‘Cauterize’ and ‘You Waste Your Time’. Mark appears to have fully adjusted to the spotlight of being lead singer now, performing with confidence and a huge smile on his face. His voice might not possess the searing highs of Myles Kennedy, but has plenty of intensity in his heavy metal roars and a pleasant soft timbre in the tamer sections.
The rhythm section was as solid as it was entertaining, as bassist Tanner Keegan tirelessly jumped across the stage while drummer Ryan Bennett (filling in for usual member Garrett Whitlock) threw in some flair amid playing with flying drumsticks and committed headbanging.
Tremonti’s music unmistakably bears the mark of Creed and Alter Bridge’s output, but houses some of its leader’s more heavy tendencies with a preference for heavy riffs and fast double bass drums. Some of the cuts from their latest records added even more to the variety, such as the positive driving riff of ‘Take You With Me’ or the 00s alternative metal of ‘Trust’. Tremonti clearly refuse to rest on the laurels of their frontman’s other bands, as the entire setlist counted on their by now sizeable catalogue.
We also heard Mark’s softer side with ‘The First The Last’ which would not have sounded out of place on an Alter Bridge album, but the majority of the show revolved around a fast paced metal assault. The eponymous track of their latest record A Dying Machine, along with the brutal ‘Wish You Well’ brought a great concert to a close – let’s hope it’s not too long until we see Mark return to the UK with one of his many projects.