Sound — 10
Here is something that evryone should have looked forward to, a real metal album. The sound brings out intense, fast, old school thrash, the likings of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Testament, Anthrax, and Slayer with a bit of melody thrown in for good measure. The guiatr playing is fantastic, like some people would sell their soul to the devil to play like that, with tight awesome rhythms, and epic sols and Megadeth-esque trade-offs. The bass and drums sound tighter than ever. I mean for someone their age these guys have unbelievable talent.
Lyrics — 10
This has been my complaint about the last few years with the thrash/death/metalcore scene (whatever you call it). The singing is that same talentless growl/screaming that everyone so likes to copy each other, but Matt has a real articulate voice that seems to just drive the intensity of the music. The lyrics are ranged in ways that some resemble Kill Em All Metallica, that say their going to be an unstoppable Juggarnaut (Anthem, The Rise). Others deal with being a badass (To The Rats), or war (Ignition, Detonation). Most of the others are about murder such as Entrance or And Sadness Will Seer. I mean Matt's been busy writing some teriffic lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
How the hell did they make such an incredible album in just a year? This is just a flawless tribute to the old school, but Trivium is reinventing it for the new millenium. All the songs are great but the best one by far is the insane instrumental closing title track. This album makes Ascendency look like crap (even though I like Ascendency). Look, their are a lot of fans who hate them now, but if you like Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, and Pantera and you hate this album than you hate those bands. If it was stolen I would find whoever took it and murder them brutally. If it was lost I would be pissed for next couple days and definatley buy it again.