Sound — 10
Ascendancy, the album that launched Trivium into the heavy/modern metal spot-light world-wide. The whole album plays and sounds like Metallica with a mix of Killswitch Engage guitar licks and Pantera lyrics. If metal's your thing, there will be something in Ascendancy for everyone, whether its from the well harmonised solo in Like Light To Flies, or the pure chunky, distorted intro in Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr. The best thing about Ascendancy is the proof that Trivium have grown since Ember to Inferno, not only in their abilities to play well, but as personalities too. Trivium now really sound like metal gods.
Lyrics — 9
Matt Heafy presents a lot of the vocals in Ascendancy with gutsy shouting in an all out metal fashion. It has to be said, however, that this form of presentation of lyrics can be a little hard to understand and perhaps slightly repetetive as the album goes on. The fashion the lyrics are written in is pure greatness, as they can translate to many meanings, making the songs mean something to you.
Overall Impression — 10
As I said earlier, the way Trivium have grown up, this album really beats Ember To Inferno, and is definatly a top notch metal album. A must listen to is Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr for its catchy guitar licks and ballsy lyrics, and the Like Light to Flies solo for a fantastic bluesy/metal instant classic, supported by some great backing chords. I have only one nag about the album, and that is the singing. Matt Heafy tends to scream a slight part too much, but that is a minor flaw. This is a fantastic album. If you like your metal, go out and buy this, now!