Sound — 9
The first report ever given on this album when it came out said "the best Metallica album that, well, metallica has ever made." There is no doubt that Trivium's new sound is a lot more influenced on it's roots like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and many more. On first look, The Crusade can look a lot like another other album, great cover illustrations, gruff looking song titles and a huge lead up, but as soon as one puts it into the players and hears the opening song "Ignition", one would then either look in great respect or in great horror at the new, very Metallica sounding thrash metal guitars and vocals. The drums have changed very little though. Drummer Travis has continued to utilise his doulbe kicks and tough beats but there is nothing to change the fact that Trivium is a new band with a new sound that judging by record sales, doesnt't seem to bother many hardcore trivium fans.
Lyrics — 7
There is nothing new about the lyrics of trivium, they are all stil about becoming dragons, a women drowning herself in depression and tons of other fantastical stories that trivium can tell through their music. Matt Heafy, like he always has, wrote all the lyrics and words for the album and ironically he also decided that this would be the album where the "real" Matt Heafy singing would be debuted with no change in the words he says. Just pick up the well illustrated cover booklet and read through the lyrics, they are neither insightful or bad, they rank as complete mediocer.
Overall Impression — 8
For starters, if this album was lost of stolen, with new technology I would not buy a new one because it would be much easier to download the songs that are good on the album, mainly "Ignition", "Contempts Breed Contamination", "We Are The Fire", "To The Rats", and the single "Entrance Of The Conflagration". The album does lack the common sound and feel that Ascendancy and Ember To Inferno created when they first came out. More importantly though, the Trivium will most likely be a love and hate, on and off relationship, it's hard to get used to it at first but it is Trivium either way and every once in a while we can always look back on the good old days when words could hardly be understood and the band was all under the tender age of 20.