Sound — 8
The initial sound of the opening track "Kirisute Gomen" is very slow and soft but then the heavy drums kick in and your straight into the thrash riffery that's almost constant throughout the album. The intro to some of the songs make you feel like they've clearly put some real effort into this album, like the beginning of "Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis" is very complex right from the beginning, you would know this if you've seen the "making of the Shogun" on TriviumWorld, the bands technician had to hold down one the frets (Cappo) so that Matt Heafy could play the rest. The band's overall sound on this album is something that die hard Trivium fans will love after the fallings of "The Crusade" and this album has the potential to become bigger than "Ascendancy".
Lyrics — 6
The band have obviously spent a lot of time on lyrics. they wanted big, catchy lyrics that will have you banging your head throughout the album and I truly think that they've pulled it off here, "we'll take they're F*cking heads!" catches your attention then throws you head first back into the chorus, the bellowing of "What a bunch of c*nts, all they want is to feed" shows they mean business and a learned person knows that "Kirisute Gomen" Means to behead your enemy in a war situation... in Japanese Feudal times.
Overall Impression — 9
Well there's Definately no reason for them to be compared to Metallica this time round, allthough in my oppinion "The Crusade" never sounded like Metallica, the music is definately the best of their careers so far, could even compete with "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr" and "A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation" from the classic "Ascendancy" album.