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One step closer to world domination,
This review is from: The Crusade (Audio CD)
Following the mass success that was Ascendancy, Trivium were expected by many to keep the same "formula" and produce an album in the same style. They however had different intentions.
The most apparent change is the change in vocal style. When I originally listened to trivium, I loved the music, but the screaming that went with it, whilst good for what it was, did not suit my taste. The clean choruses demonstrated the potential of the vocalist and i found myself wanting more. That potential is fulfilled on this album. Matt Heafy's vocals emerge from each song in soaring melodies, adding a more musical element to the record. If not singing cleanly, a "James Hetfield-esq" growl is adopted which fits perfectly with the style of music and shows his versatility as a vocalist.
The songs themselves have also matured away from the metalcore style that was used on Ascendancy. The opening track, Ignition, sets the tone for the record: a rhythmic melodic thrash song. There are also a couple of 70's rock songs with a modern twist which will have crowds chanting without doubt. The lyrics throughout the cd have deep meanings that are extremely relevant to all and are definately worth listening to. The guitar solo's throughout the cd are phenomenal and demonstrate the obvious talent that Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu have for their instruments. The standout solo of the cd must be in "Tread the Floods". The CD is closed out with an epic 8 minute instrumental once again showing the outstanding musicianship of the members of the band and surely sets the bar for the next album.
Standout tracks - Detonation, Entrance of the Conflagration, Sadness Will Sear, This World Can't Tear Us Apart, Tread the Floods and The Crusade