Sound — 10
Wow, if Ascendancey pointed to it then this has nailed it. Trivium are slowly but surley becoming the best band of the this decade. This, their "make or break" third studio album has blown anything else that they band has done to date, even their cover of "Master of Puppets" completly out of the water. The guitar work of Matt Heafy and Corey Belieau is simply mind blowing. Paulo has learnt how to be an excellent bass player and is one of the best around. Travis Smith is one of the consumate Metal Drummers with amazing footwork and brillaint fiils. The all conquering technical ability is not only astounding for a person of any age, but the fact they don't actully show off the virtuoso talents in a vulgar like other bands thier age such as Avenged Sevenfold.
Lyrics — 10
Well it's a massive step up from the sometimes unfiiting although generally great lyrics of Ascendancy. The lyrics follow a general theme of defiance and almost punk style anti-authourity which is becoming a more common feature of metal music these days and it is a good sign. A sign Trivium know how to write good music based around similar ideas. Matt Heafy's vocals are excellent, they made most screaming singers sound average with Ascendancy and now he is proving that is singing voices is absolutly brillaint and fits in perfectly with the fast paced metal that Trivium plays so well.
Overall Impression — 10
Ignition is ferciously heavy and fast, thrash in its purest form but the acoustic guitar parts are also amazing and the lyrics are totally brilliant, it is a massive step up from their previous work which was already amazing. Detonation is simply ridiculous, despite the fact the song appears to have no structure it is fast, heavy, technically excellent and has 3 amazing guitar solos. Also one mean scream about halfway through the song. Entrance of the Conflagiration is Metallica worship in it's purist form. The solos are amazing, the riffs are "Creeping Death" like and the lyrics are dark, depressing and anti-religion. One of the albums highllights. Anthem is not the best song on the album but what it does have in it's favour is a sparkling chorus riff and an amazing guitar harmony. Unrepentant sounds like "Through the Never" from The Black Album at the beginning but goes into another bit of amazing thrash metal with excllent vocal harmonies. And Sadness Will Sear has an amazing opening riff and creepy vocals in the verse, it could be a single at a push but could be just about too heavy. Becoming the Dragon is one of the best songs on the album if you want to mosh and go nuts. It has one of those riffs that exumes heaviness and Metal from it's very veins. The guitar solo is mean and brillaint also. To The Rats is violent lyrically and quite simple in terms of playing, but in this song Matt Heafy sounds slightly different to like he does in the rest of the album and his vocal bit at the end is odd. The World Can't Tear Us Apart is quite soppy lyrically but it is a brilliant song and perhaps the unlikley highlight of the album, in my opinion the very best song. I think that they tried to do another Dying In Your Arms and came up with a Masterpeice. Tread The Floods starts a bit like a Bullet for My Valentine song then proceeds to totally kick the welsh emo/metallers backsides with more hardcore riffage and a couple of mean screams in the verses. Contempt breeds Contamination is freakishly heavy and loud. The true peak of this song is the guitar playing of the verses which is rather awesome and cool. This is the song the Megadeth fans will love the most. The Rising is upbeat like the Anthem but is better in the fact that the riffs are overall better and more accessable. The Crusade is an amzing instrumental that sounds it would fit into a Metallica album of the '80s as it is one of the best instrumental tracks I have heard since the likes of Orion. The bass guitaring in the soft section is simple incredible and a direct homage to Cliff while guitaring is a direct pointer to exactly what Trivium stand for and have done on thier previous work and this album, it is a tidal wave of metal. This is one of the albums of the decade and it has to compete with Slayer, Motorhead, Muse, Chili Peppers and most importantly their tour buddies Iron Maiden to contend with. They have proven their arrogance is justifyed and thier hard work has payed off. Trivium have helped bring Thrash Metal back, Matt Heafy is now a certifyed Metal God and his name will soon go down in Metal history books next to Tom Araya and james Hetfield as Kings of Thrash. Long live Trivium.