The long awaited Trivium
album has arrived, and I stand by my conviction... Ascendancy
is their best album. It is evident, especially throughout their last album, ‘The Crusade
’ that Trivium
is heavily influenced by Metallica
, and there are a few parts in this album where it is almost as if James Hetfield is behind the mike, until the ‘Ascendancy
’ style roars cut in, which brings us to the albums biggest problem, song structure.
Since ‘Ember to Inferno
have combined different styles into each individual song, making each song like a montage of three or four different songs. ‘Ascendancy
’ was brilliant; the style changes flowed into each other very nicely to create awesome songs. ‘The Crusade
’ didn’t have quite as intense style changes throughout it, as it was a softer album altogether... But this album is different. They’ve tried to recreate an album like ‘Ascendancy
’ with the roars, and then the soft parts, but they didn’t manage to make it flow as smoothly. Each song is like a montage of a few songs that just don’t complement each other. In some parts, it’s like cutting from Amon Amarth
The style changes in this album wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t so intense, as the change from Death core to Boy Bandish just doesn’t work. If the styles stepped down a bit more gradually, or if the soft bits weren’t quite as soft, it wouldn’t be so bad. I’m sure plenty of diehard Trivium
fans will flame me for this, but... I’m sorry... for me, this album just doesn’t work. Each soft bit, and each heavy bit work well on their own, they just don’t slot together well.
Lyrically, this album is fucking brilliant. It tells of mankind’s greed, and how those in the system destroy those who try to be themselves without relying on it and conforming like the rest of the world. My favourite track on the album is ‘Throes of Perdition
’ because it has a good chorus, and I like this line because it is so true :
“This world looks down upon a man who can stand on his own two feet”
After a few listens the album becomes tolerable, and it is worth listening to if you’re an old Trivium
fan, because I’m sure any old Trivium
fans will like this new album... But, if you’re not a Trivium
fan already, it isn’t the one to start with. They haven’t lost their edge yet, and their lyrics are as powerful as ever... If they can just bring the quality of their musical montages up to the same level of quality they achieved with ‘Ascendancy
’, I can say without hesitation they are a band that will be around for a very long time.