hit the #151 spot on the US Billboard 200 chart. In the UK it reached #78 and went gold with over 100,000 copies sold. This is the second album from this American Metalcore quartet. According to the Merriam- Webster dictionary, Ascendancy
means a controlling influence or domination. The album art is supposed to depict an angel.
This album has a lot of the explosiveness of their first album(Ember to Inferno
) but has a different sound. It shows some influence from Dream Theater
, with some of the guitar solo's and vocal styles.
Vocalist Matt Heafy retains his fugue style of singing between his intense yelling and his very nice singing style. The guitar and bass playing demonstrate some of the finest thrashing and shredding, that you can find in a metalcore album. The guitars have expanded their range to a flashier style, that is very prevalent in progressive metal. The drum playing of Travis Smith is very fast and skilled.
thrashes nicely, with a catchy melody, it contains some very glittery(like Ritchie Black
more of Rainbow
) guitar hooks. It's about the pressures and problems that people face in their lives. Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr
Thrashes intensely and this has an uplifting rock refrain. Drowned And Torn Trivium
thrashes with nice melodic interludes. It's about an aggressive rebellion against oppression. Ascendancy
is another great song, not only does it thrash, but it has a very nice rhythm, it's about rising up from defeat. Like Light to the Flies
is another great song, check out the video, that I've selected for this review. The Deceived is an awesome jam. It's very intense and thrashes at a very fast tempo. The demo version was released on the previous album(Ember to Inferno
). Suffocating Sight is an intense thrash song, with a lot of melody. Departure
is a halfway descent thrash song in comparison to the great songs toward the beginning of this album. Although the technical expertise of the guitars on this song, sound as glittery as a firework display, I think that this song is boring.
This definitely is a great album, but I think that Ember to Inferno
, is a little bit better. Because it's more intense. The balance of this album goes towards the pretty side too much. But this must be a very popular album, because I-Tunes charges 30 cents more for each song on this album, than they charge for Metallica
has sold a lot more albums than Trivium
. I bought my copy used at a local record store for 8 bucks, a couple of years ago. This was my first Trivium
album. Fans of Shadows Fall
and Demon Hunter
will love this album.