Sound — 8
As far as any thrash metal band can be, Trivium have continued to be creative in their riffs, althought the solos and lead work are very good but have lost creativity. The melodic solos always sound like something that's been done before; and in the shredding solos there's always sweep-picking thrown in and it can get a bit samey to listen to. I do like the music on the album but not half as much as ascendancy.
Lyrics — 4
Now this is the big downside. Matt Heafy dropped the screaming 'because he learnt to sing', so instead he shouts his way through most of the songs. This would sound good in just one or two songs, but a whole album? I think the vocals rip of Metallica way too much. Especially the yehea in anthem.It took me a while to get used to the new vocals.
Overall Impression — 7
When Trivium said they wanted to be the next Metallica, I thought they meant they wanted to be the next big metal icon, not literally Metallica. It sounds so similar I actually mistook Detonation for a new Metallica song when I first heard it. All the songs are still pretty good, but nothing compared to Ascendancy or evenEmber Inferno. Listen to This World Can't Tear Us Apart, that's the best. My main dislike about the new album is the vocals, but ironically the one track I don't listen to is the instrumental, Crusade, and why? Because it's so borin, maybe it's technical nd obviously fun to write and play, but I can't listen to it, it's 8 minutes of the same thing which I can't even remember. If it was lost or stolen, I wouldn't buy it straight away.