Sound — 10
Everyone likes metal belonging to the old days: Metallica and the rest of the big 4 of thrash, but metal now-a-days seems to be drowned in mainstream "rock music", and it seems that the time is long past due that a true metal band should come on to the scene and rescue those who listened and worshipped music of the "good old days", this band is called Trivium, and this review is dedicated to their sophomore record: Ascendancy. The sound of this record can be deceiving, we start with a beautiful acoustic intro which lasts somewhere near a minute, then the metal come blaring in on track 2: "Rain", and from there on, it's 11 tracks of intense thrash metal. Riffs and solos are essential to any good rock/metal album and you'd be please to know that this record contains some absolutely stunning guitarwork, from the huge riff in "Rain" to the mesmerising dual-solo in "The Deceived", each of the eleven tracks here can compete with each other for stunning riffwork + soloing and at the end of the day it's going to be a hard tie. Drumming and basswork is stunning, to say the least on this album, double bass, manic snare beats and thumping basslines compliment the guitarwork perfectly and you'd be split between deciding which instruments are performing better, and the answer is: they all are! Overall, it's absolutely fantastic and metallic here in the sound department.
Lyrics — 7
Compared to the sound of the album, the lyrics were a big dissapointment. Very stereotypical hate lyrics and extremely little variation on themes, the screaming on this album was done well and some emotion was conveyed but all in all the lyrics would not be a strong point for this album. My advice is to stick to the music.
Overall Impression — 10
Trivium is one of the biggest names in metal right now and they have good reason to be, all four of their members are talented, experienced, and absolute masters of their instruments and it comes through on this album, you won't find any half hearted efforts in the music, maybe in the lyrics but if like me you only care for the sound of an album, do yourself a favour and get this album! For me, this album is excellent and would compare to any metal album released, maybe with one or two exceptions (Master of Puppets for example). But all in all this album is a metal masterpiece that's well worth buying and for people who've lost faith in metal, this album would certainly restore it, bigtime.