Hi there and welcome back to Luke Reviews!
Hope you’ve had a great week, for this edition I will be looking at “A Dying Machine” by Tremonti.
Tremonti were formed in 2011 by vocalist and lead guitarist Mark Tremonti, who is also the guitarist of Alter Bridge and formerly Creed. They have released four studio albums to date.
“A Dying Machine” was released on June 8th 2018, and is the bands first concept album. The album theme is a story set in the near future, where robots have become so advanced that they have started to develop emotions and the self-perceived capability to love. The story centres around a robot that falls in love with a human, who resists her as he does not believe the robot could have feelings for him, and is ultimately killed by the robot through sheer passion.
It is a very interesting theme, and the album story has even been developed into its own novel which is due to be released in the near future.
This is a very diverse sounding album. There are some thrash metal inspired tunes such as “The Day When Legions Burn” and “Throw Them To The Lions” but there are also some softer rock ballads, such as “The First The Last”. There are also elements of traditional hard rock, punk rock and even some blues rock.
With so much diversity it is sometimes hard for an album to sound consistent, but this isn’t the case with A Dying Machine.
The songs tell the story from different viewpoints of different characters, it is not just from the perspective of the human and the robot. However, they are not in chronological order, it seems Tremonti were more focused on the ebb and flow of the album rather than telling a story from beginning to end. This may be frustrating for some that like a linear story across a concept album, but for me it makes it more interesting that the story goes off in different directions, and the songs all do sound like they belong in their respective places.
There is a lot of diversity within the songs themselves as well, with hard hitting heavy riffs in the verses followed by catchy anthemic choruses, with some interesting guitar solo’s thrown in too. Mark Tremonti’s vocal performance across the songs is impeccable, I am a massive fan of his voice and it seems to suit the songs very well. What makes me like this album so much is that every single song has its own unique flavour and it is a real pleasure to listen to from start to finish.
Now for the sake of impartiality, I have to try and find some negatives, to be honest there really isn’t any major negative thing to say about the album, it is a superb record that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The only minor thing I would say is that the guitars in certain songs at certain points are a little too quiet for my liking, the guitars sound massive for the most part, especially the metal-esque riffs, but sometimes they are drowned out a tiny bit by the power of Mark Tremonti’s vocals (this is me being really picky because I can’t make a review that’s 100% positive, even if I’d like too!)
To conclude, “A Dying Machine” is a brilliant album rich in diversity and awesome riffs. The story itself is incredibly interesting and thought provoking, it made me think of what shape our own futures will take given the advancements of modern day technology, and whether a robot could ever be developed enough to really feel emotions like we do.
Luke’s rating: 9/10
That’s all from me, if you reckon this album might be something you’d like to listen to, there’s a link at the bottom of this page to the album on Spotify and also to the title track on Tremonti’s official YouTube page.
Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out my other reviews while you’re here, if you haven’t already!
I will be back next week with another album review, which will be a classic album review rather than a 2018 release, so I hope you come back and check it out!