Sound — 9
Trivium are a really good starting point for teenagers looking to the metal scene. Their songs vary from the thrash of "To The Rats" to the melodic metal love song "This World Can't Tear Us Apart". Trivium used to be quite a metalcore band but with "The Crusade" they have finally broken away from the mould and produced some truly great music of their own genre. This album was originally expected to be a disappointment, however if you really listen to it properly and keep your mind open, you will discover how great it is. This album uses the legendary twin guitar solo to a devastating effect, some truly great solos have been produced here.
Lyrics — 5
At first when you hear this album, you don't focus on the lyrics, and everything sounds great. However, when you look at the lyrics and hear how they are used, many of the songs on there are ruined, for they do not really work in songs such as "Entrance Of The Conflagration" and "Unrepentant". Matt Heafy's singing has vastly improved since the last album, instead of a constant death growl he now sings properly, and Paolo does very well with backup vocals.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall I think that this cannot be compared to Trivium's other 2 albums, as they are so completely different. The most impressive songs in my opinion vary with what you are looking for personally. If you are into thrash then To the Rats and Entrance of the Conflagration are for you. For eveything else, I recommend Anthem, Entance, and This World Can't Tear Us Apart, however it is ultimately for you to decide! Many of the songs grow on you with time, happy Listening!