It’s getting to that time where all the big releases are slowly grinding to a halt but bubbling under the surface of an amazing year however are band that have been a prominent force in our scene for a good while now.
When we talk about the future of our scene it’s always a bit of a hard pill to swallow knowing we won’t have goliaths like Metallica or Iron Maiden to champion everything that’s so special about our world. It’s bands like Trivium however that are here to put all those fears to bed.
Coming together at that start of the millennium, Trivium have quickly and justifiably become one of the biggest names in the metal scene and it’s a no brainer. Grabbing everyone’s attention by the throat with blistering riffs and choruses the size of oceans. It was there breakthrough album Ascendancy that really hailed this band as the saviors of metal within the 21st Century.
Ever since 2005 the band have continued to put out one raging record after another, however we’ve still yet to see them take that more than capable leap into the big leagues which brings us to album number 8, The Sin and Sentence.
The first thing to draw from this record is that Trivium have not felt this revitalised in years. Firing on all cylinders from the get go, the title track has everything you could want from Trivium. Blistering riffs and inescapable vocal hooks. This track feels like the ultimate declaration of war to all those nay sayers who believed this bands best days were behind them and it doesn’t stop there.
Listener discretion is advised, 'Beyond Oblivion' will make you want to smash everything within an arm’s reach. Chugging into gear, beyond keeps building and building to breaking point and when you get to the drop…well you’ll see. Relentless in its delivery but still bearing melodic undertones, Trivium have really found the perfect medium between being heavy but catchy on this record.
'The Heart From Your Hate' has one of the biggest choruses you’ll hear this year, one of the slower tracks from the album but just as catchy and unrelenting, when this song starts to make an appearance in the setlist live, this’ll be the one you lose your voice too.
For a Drummer to join the fold of a band 18 years into their career the pressure is undoubtedly going to be moon high, Alex Bent on the other hand does an insane job on this record. It’s hard to conceive that the drums on Betrayer are being played by one man. Betrayer may as well be the equivalent of today’s Trivium writing a song for Ascendancy. All those face melting guitar exchanges are there with Matt Heafy’s now classic razor-sharp screams caked all over this track.
If the heaviness Betrayer wasn’t enough The Wretchedness Inside is bound to have you banging your head. A guitar tone that’s lower and dirtier than trenching through the deep dark swamps, It’s Matts Vocal performance on this track that really brings it home and solidifies this as one of the biggest highlights not just on the record but in Trivium’s back catalogue period.
In summary what we’re witnessing here is a band who’s ready to step up and with the quality of songs on this record alone there’s no reason to doubt Trivium ever again.
Trivium-The Sin and Sentence available on via Roadrunner Records now!