Released in 2001.
Bassist Brian Marshall was out after giving up on communicating with Scott Stapp, so Tremonti stepped up and did the bass parts for the album.
“I couldn’t pick a single player who’d be a blue print but Jimmy Page is one of those guys that’d be in there.
Even though his playing is 70% blues oriented, I still feel close to him. I didn’t get into Zep till I was in high school.
In Junior High, I listened to Slayer, Venom, Mercyful Fate – real dark and heavy stuff.
Tesla was a big inspiration to me as well. I loved how they would have a little intro and a little outro like they do on “Love Song”. Those are the cool little tangents that took me away.”
Mark Tremonti: Guitar One – January 2002
I’ve written it and said it so many times. Mark Tremonti is the reason why Creed became a favourite.
He is the modern day Jimmy Page, as he can move between fast metal riffs, blues rock riffs, heavy groove rock riffs, to folk rock and even classical. There is a lot of variation on the albums he’s involved in. Similar to how Page moved between so many different styles on each Led Zeppelin album. And Page did it by using various open string tunings which Tremonti also employs.
Four years ago, Creed was looking for a record deal. And by 2001 they had become one of the biggest acts on planet Earth. During this time, Tremonti graced the covers of Guitar One on four occasions and Guitar World on three occasions, winning numerous “Best Rock Guitarist” polls.
The third album “Weathered” was anticipated. And they didn’t disappoint.
It’s a great album opener and a concert opener. A “grab you by the throat” full throttle metal tune.
After the clean tone bass riff plays, a speed metal like riff kicks in. It’s angry and its perfect. After the big anthemic hits of “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open”, this one is anti-anthemic.
“At least look at me when you shoot a bullet through my head”.
If you’re going to talk trash, than do it to their face.
There is also an interlude/bridge section here which was only brief but excellent and it is similar to the “Weathered” interlude/bridge section which is fleshed out a little bit better.
It has this Texan blues groove but done in a Pantera style for the verses.
“Who’s Got My Back?”
It’s typical of the style of the Creed songs I like (think “Faceless Man”), with atmospheric finger picked riffs in clean tone percolating in the verses, which leads to open string tuned chords and eventually crunching and distorted chords across different intensities.
How heavy is that verse riff in “Signs”?
At one stage its reminding me of Stone Temple Pilots and “Vasoline” or Disturbed “Down With The Sickness”.
“One Last Breath”
Then you are treated to the excellent finger picked lines of “One Last Breath”.
On YouTube it’s got a massive amount of views. On Spotify, it’s at 135.3 million streams, higher than “Higher” which is sitting at 110.1 million streams or “My Sacrifice” at 127.3 million streams.
In a Guitar World issue, Tremonti mentioned how he would have devoured all the Classical/Baroque stuff, but subliminally his style developed by devouring the acoustic pieces from metal and rock artists, like the style of Frank Hannon or the fingerstyle stuff from Metallica on their slower tempo songs and instrumentals like “Call Of Ktulu”.
If you’ve heard the intro to “Love Song” from Tesla, then you would have heard the main riff to “One Last Breath”.
This song doesn’t get the respect it should. The riffs are stellar and the vocal melody is iconic.
It pushed this album to multi-platinum status in Australia and the U.S
And while I liked the song when I heard it on the album, it wasn’t until I saw Creed live that I really enjoyed the song and the way they played it.
It was the closer, it was delivered with power and a lot of pyro and they made sure they left you wanting more.
“Stand Here With Me”
“Stand Here With Me” came next and its similarity to “My Sacrifice” made me ignore it initially, but the riff stands on its own.
And there is a lead break in this song, which got me paying attention.
“Weathered” is my favourite track, especially that whole interlude/bridge section from the 3.27 mark and that riff. It reminds me of heavy metal from the 80’s.
And don’t forget the Bad Company/Led Zeppelin like intro and verse feel and groove.
But let’s talk about the section which gets the head banging and the foot moving.
The metal like interlude and bridge from the 3.27 mark. Think of the song, “Fighting For The Earth” from Warrior. That’s the song which used the riff prominently throughout, however the riff appears in so many 80’s music.
Even Bullet For My Valentine used the riff for “The Last Fight”.
But what makes the riff different in this song is the groove. Its slower, its menacing and Tremonti builds it nicely, starting off with single notes and by the end of it, he’s combining single notes and octaves, heightening the intensity.
It’s “My Sacrifice” part 3 and although it is derivative, it doesn’t get boring.
How good is the verse?
The drums and bass stop, and it’s just the guitar with Stapp’s vocals.
The Chorus riff reminds me of “Goodbye To Romance” from Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.
“Don’t Stop Dancing”
It has a nice little melodic lead from Tremonti, who really picks his small lead break spots to perfection.
If you haven’t heard this album get to it.