Tremonti/The Raven Age/Disconnected
Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
6th December 2018
Review & Photography by Gavin Lowrey
Tonight, a breezy Edinburgh plays host to Mark Tremonti’s ever busy solo side project, bringing in tow with him the well travelled The Raven Age, and from France, Disconnected.
They open proceedings by immediately pinning back the ears of the surprisingly large crowd, given the criminally early doors time of 6pm.
Due to a variety of factors, the stage is ridiculously small for them and lead singer Ivan Parlakovic traverses the stage like roofer on speed trying to finish a job on a Friday afternoon before going to the pub for a session.
This is the first time that I had (briefly) seen the band and if you imaging a cross between Mark Tremonti and Gojira, it will give you an idea of what they sound like.
Due to the doors being so early and an interview overrunning I missed most of their set but I wouldn’t mind seeing them again as they were impressive and certainly one to keep an eye on.
Next up were the Raven Age, who have had seen previously 3 years ago and have clearly benefited from touring with the likes of Iron Maiden (family assisted I’m sure with guitarist George having Steve Harris as a Dad), Anthrax, Killswitch Engage and also a few festival appearances across Europe, not only from a performance point of view but also musically where the tracks they played from their new album to be released in March 2019 seem to have more depth.
Again, the stage space is tiny but there is a bit more of a swagger and new lead singer Matt James certainly looks and acts the part.
Mark Tremonti’s band of merry men take to the stage to the sound of “Found” from their latest album, the concept offering “A Dying Machine”, before launching into the opener “Cauterize”, which sends the sold out crowd into a frenzy.
A bonus for the photographers is that for the main act the lighting is surprisingly good compared to the usual horrific fayre that bands are treated too in the Liquid Rooms; think of a cross between a Josef Fritzel-esque torture chamber and the trash compactor on the Death Star and you’ll have a good idea of where I’m coming from.
The setlist is virtually identical to the show the band played in June over in Glasgow, with 2 0r 3 exceptions, but all the fan favourites are in there. The riff fest of “Flying Monkeys ” and “Radical Change” are met with equal delight as melodic tunes such as “Another Heart” & “Catching Fire”, as well as the ‘lighters out’ moment of “The Things I’ve Seen”.
Ryan Bennett, fresh from raiding the Harry Potter shop down the road from the venue, is a cracking substitute for Gareth Whitlock on the drums, with Eric Friedman chipping in with some cracking solos on guitar and the effervescent Tanner Keegan giving Zebidee a run for his money on the other side of the stage, proving it’s not all about Mark Tremonti.
On the subject of Tremonti, he was his usual imperious self, never missing a note, either vocally or on the guitar. This man bleeds riffs; if you cut him open, riffs would come flowing out of him like code from the Matrix, that is the stature of the man.
Despite it being the end of a long run of shows, they genuinely look like they are enjoying themselves, and are incredibly tight.
Be it with Alter Bridge or his solo project, Mark Tremonti can do no wrong, and long may it continue!
Review and Photography by Gavin Lowrey