Sound — 10
Prepare for a long-ass review, cause my ass sure waited long for this album! If you are a fan of Trivium's sound, then you may hate or love their change in sound. You can clearly still recognise their sound but mainly vocals have changed. Screaming used as a basis to deliver the lyrics has been dropped and replaced by a raspy, intense singing voice. Similar to that of Testament and Metallica, although you can clearly tell the voice apart from others. Lots of songs still have that fast thrashy vibe running through it but on some songs of the albums are slower, allowing you to do some head-banging. The guitar work is incredible as usual, producing sweet harmonised lines and riffs to just brutally fast fret board aerobics. The bass work is outstanding. A lot of music in this genre has bass guitar parts barely audible but there are a few bass solos in there which are quite impressive. The drums are also outstanding as usual. Trivium do not fail to deliver on their instruments.
Lyrics — 10
As usual, Heafy's (lead singer) lyrics don't fall short of expectations. Instead of focusing on the himself or the band personally, the lyrics talk more about problems occurring in society. E.g. the first song "Ignition" talks about the world setting itself up for destruction, "Detonation" talks about the world detonating. Heafy's voice has vastly improved and is a huge step up from Trivium's older albums. Screaming is now used as an effect and it sure sounds damn awesome.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, awesome album, with a few weaker tracks. All of the songs have awesome lyrical and instrument work. Definitely a must-buy album.