Sound — 8
This album is a long way from the Trivium we all fell in love with back in the days of "Ascendency". Arguably the heaviset of the Trivium alums but the guitar seems to be lacking weight and order. This is a thrash metal album to be sure and no other label can be realisticly put on it. The riffs are played to a speed of that we have never herd from Trivium but this almost makes it sound out of control to the point that you know their f--ked if they drop their pick's. The skill is remarkable though and the melodci patterns and pitch shitfs are beyond reason. Fans of early Megadeath will like the new sound.
Lyrics — 4
Heafys, it seems, was better off screaming. Fans of Triviums second album are going to be dissapointed with his vocals on this album. Some think that he is'nt able to scream any more because his voice has blown. This is a possibility. A lot of people are comparing the vocals too a lot of early Metallica tracks but Heafys vocals just arnt as strong as James Hetfields. We still get a bit of the Trivium through a bit of Corey screaming but it isnt enough to impress as his screams were never the strongest of the duo.
Overall Impression — 5
It is clear to see the Ascendency is the strongest album Trium has released becuase The Crusade just doesn't have the tracks that make a good metal album. The Crusade track does show serious potential as listeners are reminded of Metallica through this blistering instrumental and "The Anthem" could be an extremly popular track but the album just doesnt't have songs that stick in your head like "Ember To Inferno", "Pull Harder" and "Like Light To Flies" did. The guitar skills are amazing and the solo's have improved massively on former songs but this just isnt Trivium.