A Dy­ing Ma­chine

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

The power of four

For Al­ter Bridge man Mark Tre­monti’s fourth al­bum with his solo project he’s dived into a full-blown sci-fi con­cept. But, rather than the mu­sic be­ing bur­dened by the weight of a nar­ra­tive, this is the band’s most ver­sa­tile and com­plete record to date. For­mer Sub­mersed drum­mer and cur­rent DW en­dorsee Gar­rett Whit­lock’s kick syn­co­pa­tion with Tre­monti and Eric Fried­man’s thrashy riffs is still very much in ev­i­dence on opener BringerOfWar but the an­themic Creed-es­que TheFirst

TheLast is el­e­vated by moody tom work be­fore its huge sin­ga­long cho­rus kicks in. The sparser ar­range­ments of Deso­la­tion proves the per­fect coun­ter­bal­ance to the more driven ma­te­rial here. The end re­sult is a band rais­ing their bar. (RL) Down­load: ‘MakeItHurt’ Goto: www.mark­

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