Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti is wrapping up his current tour with Sevendust and Lydia Can’t Breathe. The tour, which launched Sept. 3, is set to wrap Sunday in Orlando, FL at the annual Rebel Rock Festival. Tremonti’s tour is in support of his latest album, Marching in Time, which is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. The 12-song record is a successful offering from the veteran musician. Its success is displayed through its musical arrangements and lyrical content alike, as has already been shown through the singles that it has already produced, ‘A World Away,’ ‘Marching in Time,’ and ‘If Not For You.’ ‘Would You Kill,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is another example of how the record’s musical and lyrical content make it successful. It will be discussed shortly. ‘The Last One Of Us,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another example of how that content will keep listeners engaged. It will be addressed a little later. Much the same can be said of ‘Under The Sun’ as has been noted of the other songs addressed here. It will also be examined later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this record. When these songs are considered along with the album’s current singles and the rest of its entries, the whole makes Marching in Time an overall successful new offering from Mark Tremonti and company.
Tremonti’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time is a strong new offering from the band and its namesake. That has already been proven easily through all three of its current singles. They are just some of the songs that serve to exhibit the album’s strength. ‘Would You Kill’ is another example of what the album has to offer. Just as with so much of the album, its musical arrangement is a heavy, intense composition. The energy in the composition exuded from all involved is powerful to say the very least. At the same time the more melodic choruses make for an interesting contrast to those heavier moments in the verses. The whole of that musical arrangement makes for plenty of engagement and entertainment for audiences.
While the musical arrangement featured in ‘Would You Kill’ is instantly infectious and memorable, it stands out even more when it is set alongside the song’s lyrical theme. The lyrical theme that seems to be presented here is a contemplation of life in general; about taking chances and risks. This is inferred in the song’s lead verse and chorus, in which Tremonti sings, “Why does it take so long/Some of us, we bear this weight alone/How do the rest survive/Some of us, we fight to stay alive/Would you know if it might be the end/Would you kill if the chance came again/Are you brave when you can’t see tomorrow/Would you kill/Would you beg, steal or borrow.” Again, this all comes across a rumination on knowing how to handle situations. At this point, he seems to be inferring that some people are able to just naturally make choices and do what needs to be done while others of us have more trouble making those decisions. From there, he asks, what one would do, in relation. It is a strong seeming contemplation that while hardly anything new, is still unique in its presentation and relatable for audiences. The songs’ second verse seems to point in that direction, too, as Tremonti sings, “Why does it go nowhere/Time and time again/Another year/Why do we take the fall/Why don’t we just turn and take it all.” This overall statement goes somewhat in line with the album’s title because it takes on the whole matter of “marching in time” by asking people about how they would react about the unknown of the future. Adding to the interest is that being so seemingly contemplative, it would have been easy for Tremonti and company to craft an arrangement to match. Instead the group took a different road, evoking more of a sense of frustration at trying to deal with such a matter. It makes for an interesting approach to the song overall. In turn, the whole of the song proves unquestionably why it and the album stand out. It is just one of the songs that shows the album’s overall strength. ‘The Last One Of Us’ is another example of that appeal.
‘The Last One Of Us’ presents that mildly contemplative arrangement not presented in ‘Would You Kill.’ It presents a deeper emotional approach than that song and others throughout the record. In this case, the arrangement lends itself to comparison to works from Alter Bridge and Sevendust with its melodic approach and sound. It is one of the rarer softer moments featured in the record, too. That in itself generates its own engagement and entertainment here. When the emotion generated through the song’s musical arrangement is paired with the composition’s lyrical theme, the song in whole becomes even more interesting.
The lyrical theme featured here is even more contemplative than that in ‘Would You Kill.’ It even leaves this critic wondering, but that it can be so much left to interpretation shows its strength. Tremonti sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Leave now while you still can/Down that last road/So the story goes/To where nobody’s been/Devotion and the lost time/Been left here on the vine/And seasons fade so fast/Someday you’ll find the truth/Now don’t you fear/I’m told it lies within/You’re the last one of us/Don’t have the answer/But I know where to find it/You’re the reason to change/You’re the reason/I awaken each and every day.” Looking at the chorus and comparing it with the content in the song’s lead verse, it seems like the song’s subject is going on about time passing (again matching with the album’s title) but not wanting to lose someone even as time goes on. This even though the subject seems to know he/she has to let that other person go, as is hinted in that line about the second person finding the truth because “it lies within.” So this could be interpreted as someone coming to terms with letting someone go in a plutonic or romantic fashion. This is, as always, just this critic’s interpretation. The song’s second verse seems to hint at that even more as Tremonti sings, “Unbroken but so unsure/Just maybe you’ve got nothing more/For what else could you write/Too late to turn back now/This road ends a world away/Forever starts today/Today you’ll find truth/Now don’t you fear/I’m told we now begin.” Again, this is some deep contemplation that is unlike most if not all of the album’s content. The discussions that it is certain to generate along with the engagement and entertainment that the song’s musical arrangement will generate makes the song overall that much stronger and an even stronger example of how much the album in whole is of a presentation. It is yet one more example of the album’s strength, too. ‘Under The Sun’ is one more example of what makes Marching in Time well worth hearing.
‘Under The Sun’ is a heavy, melodic rock style composition that is just as engaging and entertaining as either of the songs examined here and the rest of the album’s entries. It is just as easy a fit on any active rock radio station’s play list as those songs, too. It really is everything that audiences have come to expect from Tremonti both as a solo artist and as a member of Alter Bridge. It is that familiar. Keeping that in mind, the song’s lyrical content becomes that much more important to the whole here.
The lyrical content featured in ‘Under The Sun’ is unique because on the one hand, its choruses make it come across as another song that centers on the all too familiar topic of relationships. At the same time, the verses seem to address a wholly other topic, in this case, standing up for something, not being afraid to face difficult situations. It collectively makes for an intriguing presentation that, once again, is certain to generate its own share of discussion, engagement and entertainment. To that end, the lyrical theme here pairs with the song’s rich musical arrangement to make it stand out in its own unique way, too. When it is considered along with the other songs examined here, the album’s current singles, and the rest of the album’s entries, the overall body makes the album a successful presentation in whole.
Tremonti’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time, is a strong new offering that the band’s fans and those of its namesake front man will equally appreciate. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike. Each of the album’s existing singles do well to support those statements. The same can be said of the songs examined here, too. When all of these songs are considered in regards to their lyrical and musical content along with the rest of the record’s entries, the whole makes the album one more of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.
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