Sound — 10
The greatest part of this album is the sound. The riffs, solos etc. It's one big metalfest which is great. 01. End Of Everything - amazing opener. The sheer mellowness of the song leads you into a false sense of security making you think that this album will be calm and mellow and then they hit you with. 02. Rain - this is the first song to give you a great example of Triviums sound. It gives you a first glance of Triviums guitar and drum skills, setting you up for the rest of the album. 03. Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Matyr - this is the first song I heard by Trivium and it blew me away. I thought "wow Kerrang is actually playing decent stuff." Great song, the solo is awesome and its ne of my most memorable riffs to date. 04. Drowned And Torn Asunder - this is one of my favourite songs from the album. The chorus is quite catchy and then come the solo traits which are just amazing. Absolutely great. 05. Ascendancy - the title track is one of the best in my opinion. The harmonies and the catchy chorus create one of the best songs on the album. 06. A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation - this song absolutely blew me away. The interludes fit exactly into the song and then the huge solo which is amazing. One of Triviums proudest moments. 07. Like Light To The Flies - another one of Trivium's greatest. The solo is one of the best on the album besides gunshot to the head. It has an amazing fast riff in it and the song calms right down at the chorus. Masterpiece. 08. Dying In Your Arms - probably the softest song on the album. I didn't like the solo as much as the rest on the album but it is a very catchy song. 09. The Decieved - here's another one of my favourite. Very catchy chous ("We are the decieved, lost in the foreseen") hell yeah. Solo is amazing too. 10. Suffocating Sight - I think this is one of the heaviest songs. And I love the Still Remains type scream before the solo. Solo is a bit short though but it fits exactly with the song so there's no need to make it any longer. 11. Departure - I haven't listened to this song too much but it's very different to the whole album which I like. Theres even an acoustic part. The vocals are a bit different some places too. 12. Declaration - again haven't listened to it too much but its a really good closer.
Lyrics — 10
Matt Heafy being a very educated man has came up with great lyrics. From evil tyrants on "Pull Harder..." to domestic abuse on "Gunshot..." the album deals with lots of issues in society today and Matt displays it in the songs perfectly.
Overall Impression — 10
I think this is one of my favourite records in my collection and one of the most played. The best songs in my opinin are "Drowned And Torn Asunder" and "Ascendancy". I love every bit of the album and there is nothing I dislike. If it was stolen/lost I'd probably go and buy the specail edition of it instead.