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Tremonti find their feet with thundering fifth album Marching In Time

Tremonti's Marching In Time is both an assault on the senses and the sort of thing you’ll find yourself whistling in the shower

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After their stuttering conceptual album A Dying Machine (you said it, pal), Tremonti are back to their banner-waving, lighters-aloft best. After years with Creed and his day job with Alter Bridge, Mark Tremonti knows how to light up an arena. 

Heavier but with a melodic lightness of touch that brings lustre to the songs, new album Marching In Time is both an assault on the senses and the sort of thing you’ll find yourself whistling an hour after you’ve finished listening to it. 

Especially good is the rattling A World Away, which hits like a kidney punch, ditto the shuddering Let That Be Us, with a hook that upends the song’s seemingly straightforward premise.

There’s light and shade too: the sighing Not Afraid To Lose is shot through with pain. A sublime album that just happens to be turned up to 11.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.