In Waves [VINYL]
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At first, I was a little worried that the album mightn't be all that good, as I wasn't too keen on the pre-released tracks like the more radio friendly `In Waves,' and `Built To Fall,' or the heavier, more mid-album type tracks `Dusk Dismantled,' and `Inception Of The End,' all of which were objectively good songs but all seemed to be missing something.
That many tracks should be indicative of the album's quality as a whole, so I didn't get my hopes up. They did all grow on me however, and definitely make even more sense within the context of the album as a whole, so if you weren't keen on those tracks either, don't let it put you off listening to the whole album.
As a general rule, the songs are shorter than they were on the previous album Shogun, and a little more straight-forward in terms of composition and structure but this is not necessarily true of every single track. The best way to describe In Waves would be a mixture of radio friendly songs and Ascendancy type songs; when you get right down to it, its another regular Trivium album. No grand departure really.
Every Trivium album so far has had some alteration to the style of the vocals, some harder, some softer and some mixed. In Waves could be described as more mixed, but with some additional styles not heard on a Trivium album before too.Read more ›
As a day 1 Trivium fan I was biased from the start, so this album not moving too far in any direction from the Trivium template had me hooked instantly...if the heavily plugged title track is not your thing...don't worry there are at least another 6 tracks you will love.
Fast, energetic, tuneful...aggressive when it has to be with lots to enjoy and headbang along with up front but plenty more to like on repeat and repeat and repeat listens.
If you like anything Trivium ever did you should get this, it is arguably their best yet! Two other points...I have never cared what lineup a band has you shouldn't either...and as Ltd editions go this is really good with a great DVD, although I would say not worth if you have to pay a whole lot more.
The package is brilliant with its five bonus songs a live in the studio performance, which actually helps to make a couple of the tracks on the album a bit more enjoyable (I don't know why it just does) and a mini making of documentary which tries to be a bit arty and apart from a few nice shots doesn't really make it
It was the song `in waves' that made me want to pick up another Trivium album to be honest I had lost interest in them. Unfortunatly if it wasn't for the DVD with the live in the studio I might have only given it three stars. Trivium; be more consistant.
Ok, Ascendancy had 'the hits' on it, y'know, the ones that made everyone go "wow, that Trivium band are awesome" but In Waves, as an album is far more mature, concise and complete.
Great return from the band, Buy buy buy!
My second came when I realised that having listened to the album once through, upon second listen I couldn't remember anything I had just listened to. The songs are instantly forgettable (with the exception of "Of All These Yesterdays" and "Inception of the End") and blend into a giant hardcore mess. The album is clearly attempting to recreate the aggression of Ascendancy when really they should be trying to progress away from an album that was released over half a decade ago.
All that said, there are some merits to this album. Matt Heafy has never sung better, the impressive guitar solos still remain and the drums are thrashier than they have been on previous albums due to the new drummer. The DVD provides a classic Trivium documentary where they all voice opinions and give you an insider look into how they do things (which I always enjoy but admittedly is nothing new).
My advice? If you are Trivium fan, buy this album because it is undoubtedly still Trivum and there are some good tracks on there. If you are a first time listener to Trivium, don't buy this album - go for Ascendancy or Shogun instead, both are better, catchier and more unique.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An under-rated Trivium album in my opinion. Some great tunes on here like the title track and Dusk Dismantled is a personal fav!Published 17 days ago by Peter Dobson
GREAT ALBUM CAME ON TIME GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY I WILL DEFINATELY BUY AGAINPublished 22 months ago by DAVID STROTHER
Not the best Trivium Album, not at all. It`s OK but to much Hardcore for me. I only bought it so got `em all cause I like the band, but they have done better than this...Published on 22 May 2014 by BEAR!
sorry dont know it was a present so I have not even listened to it so I can not helpPublished on 15 Jan. 2014 by I. Murray