News Trivium: A Band At Their Most Accomplished

Due to problems with recording equipment, I wasn’t able to post the Trivium review on air. So instead I’ve decided to do a write-up of my general argument…

Trivium have had a varied history since the release of ‘Ascendancy’ in 2005. Their second album, considered to be their best by long-time fans, was a breath of fresh air in a genre that became generic and bereft of ideas. At that time, it was easy to believe that the group were on course to achieve their target of becoming what metal publications proclaimed as ‘The Next Metallica’.

Their 2006 follow-up was a step backwards, however. Full of half-arsed Thrash riffs, amateur lyrics and front man, Matt Heafy’s decision to drop the growls for a Hetfield impersonation, ‘The Crusade’ still remains fresh in the memory as one of the most disappointing metal follow-up’s of the 2000’s.

They managed to redeem themselves two years later with the technically brilliant ‘Shogun’ but by this point, doubts remained over where Trivium would go for their next big release, especially with Nick Augusto at the kit rather than the skilled Travis Smith.

The first striking asset of ‘In Waves’ is its streamlined style of song-writing. The technical rhythms and musical shifts found on ‘Shogun’ are absent and none of the songs reach past the six minute mark. While this can sound unappealing to the modern metal listener, Heafy and Co’s decision to focus on melody rather than technicality works: Tracks like ‘Watch the World Burn’ and ‘Inception of the End’ are made for sing-along moments rather than show-off displays of musicianship.

This doesn’t mean that Trivium have completely shied away from heavy territory. The crushingly brash ‘Dusk Dismantled’ quickly silences the ‘Sell Out’ chants, potently reminding everyone that Trivium aren’t completely set on producing Billboard 200 material. Album closer ‘Of All These Yesterdays’ is also a remarkably strong effort. The only truly underwhelming song comes in the form of ‘Built to Fall’. Entirely absent of any redeeming melody or immediacy, it’s a bewildering choice as first single.

Nevertheless ‘In Waves’ remains a strong returning release from a band intent on redeeming themselves after ‘The Crusade’ knocked them from the top. Whilst it’s obvious that the album won’t recharge heady thoughts of them replacing Metallica from their helm, Trivium are a band at their most accomplished.

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