Tremonti
Dust


4.5
superb

Review

by kbridges USER (7 Reviews)
April 29th, 2016 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From Creed to one of the most influential metal artists to date.

The most puzzling aspect of Mark Tremonti's career is the fact that his beginnings consisted of watered down rock with Scott Stapp singing "With Arms Wide Open." If someone told me that years later, Tremonti would release three outstanding metal albums, I would have laughed in their face. Yet here I am, eating my words with the release of "Dust," which is quite possibly Mark Tremonti's best work to date, and that includes everything he has done with Alter Bridge as well.

Dust is an album of emotion, grit, and some downright heavy moments, and it all blends together in a fascinating piece of work that can only be described as complete. With the releases of "All I Was" and "Cauterize" we saw a very influential guitarist transformed into a fantastic vocalist, and it only got better from there. Aspects of both previous albums are present on "Dust." Heavy, dirty riffs, captivating verses, and melodic, engulfing choruses.

What really stood out for me on "Dust" were the lyrics, which by the end of the album, I had completely immersed myself in because it was all so relatable, yet intelligently crafted. In the moody and atmospheric rocker, "Tore My Heart Out" Tremonti delivers an emotional chorus, exclaiming, "You tore my heart out, took it all away. Is it so bad now, is it too late"" A testament to the overall mood of the album.

There are plenty of brilliant melodies present in "Dust" which can be found on tracks like the previously mentioned "Tore My Heart Out," as well as "Never Wrong," and "Unable to See. "The latter is overflowing with soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics, making it one of the best and most emotional songs Mark has ever written. That said, there are extremely heavy moments like on the track "Catching Fire" which features some pulsing, choppy guitar work that makes you want to thrash around and hit things in an adrenaline fueled rage.

Every musician featured on "Dust" does his part to convey a deeper understanding of metal and what it should be. Great lyrics, entrancing melodies, a driving, dark undertone that sets the standard for the music, and a few face melting solos thrown in for good measure. "Dust" embodies everything metal should strive to be and I can't wait for future releases from a very talented band with a very bright future ahead of them.

Standout tracks:
The Cage
Dust
Tore My Heart Out
Unable to See



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MilkSteak
April 29th 2016


49 Comments


Might have to check this out now.

Beardog
April 29th 2016


2235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"influential metal artist"

ThatDude
April 29th 2016


55 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Wasn't expecting this release to be that good.

AmbushReality
April 29th 2016


44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Didn't like Cauterize as much as the debut, All I Was, but it was great nonetheless. One track into Dust and I'm already liking it more than a lot of what made Cauterize.



Mark's vocals have improved tremendously over the years, and he's always been an incredibly talented guitar player. He definitely deserves respect, in that regard, as one of the best modern guitar players in rock and metal.

kbridges
April 29th 2016


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tremonti has always been one of my favorite guitarists but now he is becoming one of my favorite musicians in general. Can't wait for Alter Bridge's next release. Should be another great metal album.

ChaoticVortex
April 29th 2016


687 Comments


Tremonti's career sure went through a change. His run with Alter Bridge is just astonishing, but I didn't heard his solo albums yet. After seeing such a glowing review I'm more than tempted to check it out.

Gmork89
April 29th 2016


7721 Comments


I haven't found any of his solo stuff to be amazing because its so predictable in structure, I'm hoping he turns it up and makes some more progressive metal stuff eventually. Always some enjoyable stuff on these though.

Just kills it for me when you have these nasty riffs and then it breaks into this very predictable clean chorus, if he would just do some harsh/thrashier vocals it would go a long way towards selling the heaviness.

IconicShaman
April 29th 2016


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've only heard 5 tracks and this already sounds miles better than Cauterize. One big problem I had with Cauterize was that all the tracks just kinda ran together after a while. Dust kinda does the same thing, but the punches this album has resonates more with me than the last one.



I think it's a huge stretch to call him influential, but this is damn good music he's put out. I'd say this is better than Creed AND Alter Bridge.

kbridges
April 29th 2016


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Iconic, you described it perfectly and it's the exact reason why it's a 4.5 instead of a 5. He just needs that little bit extra for him to ascend to greatness. I think what gmork said might actually be the key to his immortality. Lol.

kbridges
April 30th 2016


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5



TooManyFriends
April 30th 2016


2934 Comments


my god that album art is no bueno

WillieD
April 30th 2016


182 Comments


Even though Creed is so hated, I still love a lot of Mark's guitar work in it.

TheSonomaDude
April 30th 2016


6499 Comments


His guitar work in Creed is excellent, and anyone who actually listens to Creed can hear that.

SitarHero
April 30th 2016


7149 Comments


Yeah, he was the only saving grace of Creed. Still wouldn't call him all that influential though...

SitarHero
April 30th 2016


7149 Comments


Still, I admire his dedication and work ethic. The guy has made some massive strides as a guitarist even after becoming famous. I haven't heard this, but the last AB album had some massive guitar-work.

Sinternet
April 30th 2016


17486 Comments


bleh

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Darkwatch025
April 30th 2016


348 Comments


Damn just started listening and the first track may be my favorite Tremonti song yet. I hope the rest of the album is just as good.

Sciroccu
May 11th 2016


901 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great compilation of B-sides. The second half of the album is better though...

Rawmeeth38
May 19th 2016


1224 Comments


Review needs some work but it got me interested at least. Might check this out.

jmh886
May 26th 2016


2155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rocks. tremonti is alright with me.



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