Preview three tracks from Mark Tremonti's solo album, All I Was

Mark Tremonti comes out of the gate strong on his upcoming solo album, All I Was
Mark Tremonti comes out of the gate strong on his upcoming solo album, All I Was (Image credit: Amy Harris/Corbis)

Most big-league guitarists vacation in the Caribbean during their time off. Not Mark Tremonti. The Alter Bridge/Creed shredder used his short break from both bands to record a solo album, All I Was, with bassist/guitarist Eric Friedman and drummer Garret Whitlock.

Slated for a June release, All I Was sees Tremonti handling lead vocals, and as one might expect, there are guitars a-plenty. You can preview three of the albums cuts, You Waste Your Time, So You're Afraid and The Things I've Seen, below.

"You're definitely going to hear an old-school influence, but I won't be sacrificing melodies." Tremonti told MusicRadar last year on the subject of his solo effort. "It'll be a good balance."

As to how that 'old-school' approach relates to his singing, Tremonti said, "It won't be speed-metal vocals by any stretch. Musically, the riffs might have that vibe for intros, but then the songs will develop in other ways. So they won't be 'speed-metal songs' per se. They'll be heavier than things I've done in the past, but I won't skimp on the melodies."

You Waste Your Time

So You're Afraid

The Things I've Seen

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.