Sound — 10
Triviums sound returns in this album, Ascendancy. The album contains superfast metal riffs, amazing solos, and choruses you find yourself humming to in the shower. On top of this is a lot of screamo lyrics. and double bass pedal thundering in the background. Their sound, in my opinion labels them as the next Metallica. Their shredding is amazing in this album.
Lyrics — 9
The singer of Trivium combines cookie monster screamo lyrics and powerful normal lyrics I would compare to James Hetfield. Too bad for younger shredders, the lyrics are pretty dark, and might have their parents saying "No" to buying it. The screaming and normal singing go very good with the shredding guitars.
Overall Impression — 10
I love Ascendancy. I had never heard Trivium before but when my friend gave me a copy of Ascendancy I became an instant fan. I was hooked by song two, called "Rain", which later became one of my favorites. My other favorites include "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr", "Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation", "Dying In Your Arms", and last but not least "Declaration". This album also inspired me to write a few songs of my own.