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Could be their best yet...?,
This review is from: Shogun (Audio CD)
This is probably one of the most maturist metal albums ever made. It combines elements of their previous three albums but mostly from Ascendancy and The Crusade. Infact, some songs literally sound like they half an idea from an Ascendacy song and stuck it with half an idea from a The Crusade song. the result is a fantastically heavy album. Time for a track by track run through:
Kirisute Gomen - A powerful album opener after the deciving little bit of classical guitar at the opening. Contains catchy choruses and good screamed vocals (yes, they brought the screams back!). 8/10
Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis - Firstly, what the hell does this mean? Secondly, this is another reasonably good song with nice guitar harmonies at the beginning but it's a bit riff based for me, i.e. they just tried to make a song out of about 5 riffs, but it's not bad. It has a great guitar solo though. 7/10
Down from the Sky - One of the best songs on the album and the first single. Great chorus and lyrics. 9/10
Into the Mouth of Hell we March - This was the first song that I heard from this album when it was posted on YouTube. At first I didn't like it but it's really grown on me. A really strong song. 8/10
Throes of Perdition - Another great guitar intro to go with another really strong song. I also like the way this song is sung. 8/10
Insurrection - This is a really fast paced song and in my opinion, is one of the heaviest songs that Trivium have ever made. It has great vocal pattens and strong drumming. 7/10
The Calamity - Another candidate for the best song on the album award. A great melodic song with a nice chorus and intro guitar riff. I think that the verses are quite spooky which contrasts the chorus. 9/10
He Who Spawned the Furies - This has to be the lamest sounding song title ever and is the shortest track on the album at 4:08. It's kind of a bit like 'And Sadness will Sear' from The Crusade and it's not really that good to be honest. 6/10
Of Prometheus and the Crucifix - Another song that's title means nothing. This is a fairly standard metal song and nothing really special but has a nice verse riff. 7/10
Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven - This song has a nice melodic guitar intro but turns into another fairly standard metal song with some fast paced riffs and aggressive vocals. 7/10
Shogun - The longest song Trivium have ever written at 11:55. This is kind of like their 'Master of Puppets' with loads of parts. A great song to finish the album off with. 9/10
Overall, this is a fantastic album and although there a couple of dodgy tracks, it still for me is their best album so far. I liked Ember to Inferno, loved Ascendancy and loved The Crusade but I LOVE Shogun. I think that every metal fan should own this for the guitar work and master-class drumming. My only moan is that I cannot say half the titles. Matt Heafy should stop trying to write really hardcore lyrics with words no-on has heard of but I still think it's a great album!
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2008 15:23:36 BDT
C. Mallows says:
Firstly, what the hell does this mean?
Its from Greek mythology, essentially 'torn between a rock and a hard place'!
I would say that 'Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis' and 'Kirisute Gomen' are the best songs on the album. And I agree, some of the song titles seem a bit pretentious...
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