Band of the Month – The Tremonti Project

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Since 2010 Mark has expressed his interest in releasing a solo album, since he has written many songs that does not fit the style of either Alter Bridge or Creed. He decided to the album within a three-month window where Myles Kennedy was touring with Slash and Scott Stapp was touring as well. He describe the album as melody-driven with elements of thrash and speed metal thrown in. Essentially Mark was going to back to  his roots, he was always interested in exploring metal music a little deeper, but never had the avenue to do so. He grew up on the likes of Pantera and Metallica. Although Mark was always interested in metal music, he was adamant to incorporate a strong melody in the songs. His sense of melody has improved through the years during his work with Creed and later Alter Bridge. I’m a strong believer in incorporating melody and structure to a song, it doesn’t matter how heavy the music is as long as a recognisable melody is present, I will probably like it.

On the 6th of April 2011, Alter Bridge announced that tracking of Mark’s debut album has begun. On the 20th of January 2012 Tremonti and FRET12 launched “The Tremonti Project”, a website where fans could go to find out more about the band, receive news and stay updated on the progress of the album. The song list, band members and title of the album were officially announced on the website. On the 20th of March 2012 the album artwork was revealed and the album was to be distributed by EMI. “You Waste Your Time” was announced as the first single to come off the album and the song was made available for listening on the 6th of May on A live music video for the song was released on the 17th of May 2012. The album’s release date was on the 17th of July 2012.

I will admit when I first heard that Mark will assume both the vocal and guitar duties, I was sceptical. I didn’t know what to expect and I wasn’t sure how strong Mark’s voice would be. Through my first listen to All I Was , I was overwhelmed. Keep in mind I hadn’t had much exposure to trash or speed metal. I was overwhelmed by the instruments at first, it was a lot for me to absorb. The more I listened to the album, the more the melodies and layers of instruments began to take shape. Mark’s voice has grown on me since the first few times that I listened to the album. He has a low register, but his voice can sound more tender when he sings higher notes. Garrett Whitlock did a stellar job on the drums, the drums play a huge part on the album and sets the ebb and flow for the songs. Eric Friedman is a fantastic guitarist and his style complements Mark’s in every way. Eric delivered impressive backing vocals as usual. The album is a technical masterpiece that only seasoned musicians could pull off. My favourite song off the album is “You Waste Your Time”, because of the fast guitars and heavy drums, it makes me want to headbang wherever I am. Last but not least the listener is treated to many guitar solos that once again demonstrates Mark’s amazing talent. His songwriting ability is remarkable to say the least and he manages to connect to the listener on another level through his songs.

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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Vocalist of the Week – Cristina Scabbia

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Cristina Adriana Chiara Scabbia was born on the 6th of June 1972 in Milan, Italy. As a child Cristina was influenced by all different genres of music, but one of her first influences was Genesis, Led Zeppelin, AC-DC, and traditional Italian music. She has 2 brothers and a sister, all of them had different tastes in  music. Christina started listening to metal music in her 20’s.

In 1991 Cristina started singing professionally as a touring musician for other bands and mostly provided backing  vocals. Later that same year she met male vocalist Andrea Ferro and Marco Coti Zelati from the band which was formerly known as Sleep of Right. The band later changed their name to Ethereal. In 1996 the band changed their name for a third time after a Greek band had already claimed the name Ethereal. Lacuna Coil is a mix of Italian and English words and can be translated as Empty Spiral.  Cristina was first employed only as a session singer. She was initially only employed to give backing vocals for the choruses of the songs that was going to be on their demo tape. The band started to like the way the male/female vocals sounded together and asked Cristina to become a permanent member. The band recorded a two track demo tape in May of 1996 and they were soon signed by the German branch of Century Media, eventually joining the American branch as well.  In 1997 Lacuna Coil played their first live concert supporting their label-mates Moonspell. Anxiety, stage-fright and intense emotions led to the break-up of the band.  Their debut self-titled EP was recorded at the Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, Germany. Shortly after, there came the departure of bandmates Raffael Zagaria, Claudio Leo, and Leonardo Forti. After several changes to the band’s line-up, only three members from the original line-up was left, namely Andrea, Marco and Cristina. Cristiano ‘CriZ’ Mozzati (drums) and Cristiano ‘CriZ’ Mozzati (guitar) officially joined the band in 1998. Not long after their second tour they recorded their debut album, In A Reverie, adding another guitarist Marco Biazzi in the process. Since then the band has released 5 more studio albums.

Cristina started dating guitarist Marco Coti Zelati around about 1994, their relationship lasted about 10 years and they went through an engagement period before they broke up. They still remain friends and professional partners. Cristina is currently dating James Root, one of the musicians from Slipknot and Stone Sour. Cristina writes an advice column in the popular rock magazine Revolver alongside musician Vinnie Paul.

Cristina has been featured as a guest artist several times.

Watch Over You – Alter Bridge

Basta! – L’Aura feat Rezophonic

S.O.S. (Anything But Love) – Apocalyptica

A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) – Megadeth

Can You  Hear Me? – Rezophonic

I’m That – Franco Battiato

Nell’acqua – Rezophonic

Cristina’s family is very supportive of her endeavours and has had faith in her abilities as a musician ever since she joined the band. Cristine enjoys watching movies, photography, shopping, cooking and spending time with her friends and family. Her favourite sport is soccer and she supports AC Milan. When she is in the United States she enjoys watching the Food Network and she is a fan of Emeril. She enjoys watching Giada De Laurentiis’ program Everyday Italian and Rachael Ray’s program 30 Minute Meals. She took an interest in PETA when a friend showed her a video of animal cruelty. She would like to tell people who although fur has a certain aesthetic appeal, you could still get the same effect without killing animals for their fur. She claims she has a lot of faux fur jackets that you can’t even tell are fake. At the moment Cristina’s favourite bands are said to be Depeche Mode, Linkin Park, Korn and InFlames. Her favourite colours are red, black and white, her favourite Lacuna Coil album is Unleashed Memories. Her favourite singers are Tori Amos and Skye of Morcheeba

Cristina first came to my attention when she appeared as a guest artist on Apocalyptica’s S.O.S (Anything But Love). Her voice is clear, powerful and captivating. You can check out the video for the song here:

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