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on 5 January 2007
After the hugely successful "Ember To Inferno" album on LifeForce records, Trivium signed up to RoadRunner for the recording of "Ascendancy", and was 2005 a year to remember.

The behemoth begins with "The End of Everything", a classical introduction with hidden power and dignity. It's a milestone saying "We're back".

The first 'real' track on the album is "Rain", which runs straight from the previous track, into a brutal yet melodic dance of riffs and moshing-material.

"Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" was the first track released before the album came out, and it hit, hard, people were blown out of their seats. Trivium were back heavier than ever before. It was no longer a game.

"Drowned and Torn Asunder" has a nice melody to the chorus, and the vocals are amazing. "Ascendancy" didn't stand out much for me, however it means a lot to the band, at how they had "ascended from the ashes" and became bigger than ever.

"A Gunshot To The Head of Trepidation" is possibly the greatest track on the album. It runs fast, hitting everything in it's way. The video on the bonus DVD is terrific as well.

"Like Light To The Flies, an old Trivium live classic. It hits back with new effects and a jaw-dropping solo. "Dying In Your Arms" is questionable to some people... it is, in itself, a good song, Trivium just wanted their own "Fade to Black" type track, and I think they succeeded.

"The Deceived" is an old favourite of mine. Back bigger and better, it runs fast through your veins and makes your heart throb intensley. Heafy's growling vocals add to the power in this one.

"Suffocating Sight" makes a nice change, it's original and heavy, something never done before. However the keyboard effects slightly let it down.

"Departure" is an excellent song. Built on depression, letting people know that they're not the only ones, there is a light at the end of the tunnel... pure brilliance.

"Declaration", however, has to be my favourite track on the entire album. A 7 minute colossus that shows off everything Trivium has to offer. Riffs, solos, hard vobals, melody, darkness, the full works! Brilliant.

"Washing Away Me In The Tides" didn't do that much for me, but for a bonus track, it is very good.

The DVD's live performances are not superb, but that's only because you have to be there yourself to truly understand. The music videos are all fantasticly creative too. The added DVD is one of the best bits of the whole "Ascendancy" special edition.

In conclusion, this album receives 5 stars from me. It was near perfect, with a few things to be tweaked here and there, but, also considering the young age of the band, this is a masterpiece of metal history. Trivium truly will be the next Metallica.

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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 February 2017
I know it is kind of taboo to talk positively about Trivium, but I am not one for caring about current trends. Looking back at it now, I remember a time when people did not instantly right off a band like Trivium. People actually listened to their music without a personal bias. It is a shame that people can't do that these days and miss out on an interesting album like 2005's Ascendancy.

Ascendancy is Trivium's second album and one that vastly improved on the ground laid on their début album Ember To Inferno. The band by 2005 had clearly became better musicians and for the most part better song writers. You can find a great selection of fine guitar playing from the duo of Heafy and Beaulieu. There are also plenty of excellent moments from the drummer Travis Smith. You can find all these moments on songs like The Deceived, A Gunshot To The Head of Trepidation and Declaration.

You will also find that Ascendancy is finely produced with a nice beefy sound. The guitars have a satisfying crunch in the heavier moments and a nice smooth sound in the harmonising lead guitar moments. Like most metalcore albums, the vocals on Ascendancy are the biggest let down. It is very clear from the clean singing moments that Matt Heafy can and will sing when he needs to. Unfortunately for the majority of the album he reduces himself to a very monotonous style of screaming. These moments have no range, no character and get a little annoying after a while. Thankfully the vocals are well mixed, so it doesn't necessarily take too much from the music.

It has been over ten years now and I still think Ascendancy is a good album. Trivium are a talented group of musicians and you get plenty of moments where their talents shine. The record was without a doubt a step ahead of a lot of the bands at the time and I recommend picking it up. It isn't the watered down crap that people would let you believe.

Published by Steven Lornie of Demonszone.
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on 4 April 2015
Great album
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on 14 February 2006
Being a 36 year old i thought the time of good old thrash metal had passed.Growing up in the 80's was what it was all about obituary,morbid angel,repulsion bands that did something special.
For the last 15 years we have lost that.
I have been going to buy this cd so many times because of the reveiws and that wee sticker on the front, but its to easy to follow those reveiws that don't mean anything apart from give the record company the cash and you will listen to this once.
How wrong can i be about trivium what a cd old school guitars and drums that obituary would be proud of.
The only minor downside would be a little to much mike patton type vocals (nothing wrong with mike patton) but stick to the growling and full on vocal assault.
Anybody that loves grindcore & good thrash metal will love this. What a welcome change from the drivile we have listened to since scott burns took a back seat.
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on 15 March 2006
there is a bonus DVD included in the package, with live footage videos and also videos that they have released along side previously unreleased 'Washing Away Me In The Tides' which is definately worth a listening to. the CD is amazing and deinfatly a well worth buy here a little track by track :
‘The End Of Everything’ was a contrasting way to start the album, its soft, subtle sounds prepare you for what your ears will shortly be experiencing, piano, guitar, and an eerie, gothic vocal backing.
‘Rain’, this is a great song, full of solos, full of the classic guitar. After that soft intro, you hear this, heavy, a contrast to the previous song.
‘Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr’, the drumming is the first thing that kicks you, and yes, it does kick you, this song is amazing, it features in the menu for the Roadrunner United DVD and grabs your attention. If you like guitar shredding then this is perfect for you metal fans out there
‘Drowned And Torn Asunder’ has a soft, slow riff to start with portraying Heafy’s vocal skills as pure heaven, which has made this song one of the most memorable.
‘Ascendancy’, the title track, and in its place it is perfect, the guitar was stupidly good, it has a slightly different feeling to it; the rhythm variates more from verse to chorus with different tempos.
‘A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation’, is a masterpiece of its own, again it has some stunning, and crowd-pleasing changes in speed, and a variety in tonal features, especially when the second part of the verses kicks in. There is a sense of teamwork shown in this song which is evident when the guitarists and bass play together as one.
‘Like Light To The Flies’, has a Metallica feel to it, old style heavy metal, straight in with a rampagent sound and thins out to a more melodically tuneful line in the chorus. When this song was originally recorded they still had the original bass player, though there is no audible difference as the trademark duo of Heafy and Beaulieu keep the style going. This song is a lot more powerful than most, with a slow and loud guitar solo, which is also possibly one of the longest.
‘Dying In Your Arms’, is the UKs favourite hit and not only that but mine. The softer sounds produced by tha band clearly show the extreme ranges of what they can do, comparing this with lets say the Decieved. the guitar intervals sounds divine and even the small pharases of screamin could not wreck the song.
‘The Deceived’, this is possibly one of the heaviest songs, at least in the verses anyway, with non-stop double-bass playing and an extremely heavy bass line that sounds like the lowest key on a grand piano. The chorus is one of the most memorable, different to the song but awesome.
‘Suffocating Sight’, this song has a fairly heavy intro and then you hear the song fully kick, very seriously. The drumming suggests unnatural ability and the verses are inspiring. You will be given time to breath in the catchy chorus, which will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck when accompanied by the guitar at the end.
‘Departure’, has a slow beginning corss oving rhytms within the time signature. Its has a very soft beginning, but later on as it picks up and gets going, the drums, vocals, and guitars meld together into a masterpiece. The chorus is perhaps one of the nicest and most awe inspiring. Heafys vocal quliaties are amazing, you can hear the full extent of his voice, from strong and harmonic to the more gruff metal qualities
‘Declaration’, one of the better songs for drumming, this song is the longest, running in at seven minutes. What better way to end an album with a song that exploits all of their abilities in such a great way
There is no question this band have progressed so far and most likely to carry on either further. Each member noticeably tries to keep the other members involved, and they are very good at pleasing the crowds of people who have come to love them. All fans can do now is buy tickets, and await The Crusades
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on 11 March 2011
When reviewing this album its difficult to know where to start. In my opinion this is the finest Heavy Metal album of the 2000s. Trivium draw from so many different influences while crafting a sound that is distinctly and instantly their own. Not only is it brilliant, their sound is like nothing before and nothing since.

The choruses are melodic, memorable and inspired, the riffs and verses relentlessly brutal and dynamic, but their greatest asset, without doubt, is the guitar work of Corey Beauleu and Matt Heafy. Throughout the entire album theses two guys are quite simply flawless and untouchable on their respective instruments. Every single solo is a gem and some (Drowned and Torn Asunder, Gunshot, Like Light To The Flies and The Decieved) are genuine face-melters. When I first heard this album in 06 I found it staggering, and played it to death. Now, having listened to it again, it only sounds better.

Travis Smith also deserves mention for putting in a great performance on drums, constantly showing imagination and flair with countless little fills and rhythms to complement the lead lines and riffs. Check the intro to Pull Harder, or the bass drum during the final chorus to Drowned and Torn Asunder, probably the most underated track on the album.

The inspiration from bands such as Metallca, Megadeath, Korn and even Slipknot is there for all to see but its as if they have taken the best elements of each and fused them together. The albums Trivium have put out in the years since, while not being truly awful, have been immensely dissapointing, but only because they set the bar so high with this release.

When the band switched to clean vocals for their follow up album The Crusade they lost a certain amount of their identity and sounded more and more like Metallica. With this album, they put themselves on the map, and its something every metal fan should have the pleasure of enjoying on full volume. From an era when there were so many top draw metal releases (City of Evil by Avenged Sevenfold, The Poison by BFMV, Hypnotize and Mesmerize by SOAD, to name but four from 05), this ascends high above them all.
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on 15 March 2006
Once again Roadrunner have re-released another gem! this album was great the first time around and now with the bonus track "Washing Away Me In The Tides" and of course not forgetting the amazing live footage on the DVD its become much better! For all of the people who missed out on seeing them on tour this time round this should keep them satisfied untill they get the chance to see them. This should be part of your CD collection whether you own it already or not, go out and buy it, you wont regret it.
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on 13 June 2008
With this album Trivium show two things:

1)That with some good production and a respected record label, you can make an album much better than your minor label debut (although Ember to Inferno is still a great album).

2)They prove (along with Bullet for my Valentine) that 'metalcore' doesn't have to be lame with a camp frontman dancing around screaming like a 3 year-old girl.

This special edition is much better than the regular version becuase of the bonus DVD with part of a live concert and some music videos. I will come to that later. First, lets do a track run through of the CD:

The End of Everything - An instrumental opener with lots of dark-sounding piano and classical guitar. 5/10

Rain - The first 'proper' song with a nice riff and some good screams. However, one of the riffs in the song sounds a lot like 'Heaven and Hell' by Black Sabbath ;) oh well. 7/10

Pull Harder on the Strings of your Martyr - Fantastic song that is still used by them to end their live sets. Great drumming from rhythm machine Travis Smith who is probably the second best player of double bass pedals of all time (just behind the great Tommy Aldridge) and with a nice chorus. 9/10

Drowned and Torn Asunder - A standard metal tune with good guitar harmonys and a good solo. Not very memorable though. 6/10

Ascendancy - A good title track (usually they suck!) with a good sing-along chorus. 7/10

A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation - My favourite song on the album. Great riff, drumming, solo and lyrics. Also, the chorus is just great to shout along to and the breakdown fantastic for live. 10/10

Like Light to the Flies - Another fantastic song however it is slightly different to the single version. Matt Heafy's solo in this song is also my favourite solo of all time (just infront of Ritchie Blackmore's one in Rainbow's 'Tarot Woman'). 9/10

Dying in Your Arms - A 'nice ballad' attemp by Trivium. It works quite well giving the crowd a break from moshing at their live gigs. 8/10

The Deceived - Another pretty decent song with a good chorus and guitar work from Corey Beaulieu. 8/10

Suffocating Sight - A much shorter and faster track. A sort of attempt at thrash metal here which doesn't quite do it for me. Again, not very memorable. 6/10

Departure - Another fairly standard metal song. 7/10

Declaration - A 6mins+ album closer with a grea riff, solo and lyrics. 8/10

Washing Away Me in the Tides - A bonus track for this edition. Ok but nothing special. 7/10

Now the reason you want to buy this version rather than the standard one is because of the DVD. The 5 songs from the concert recorded at the London Astoria are the highlight of this package and really showcase how good Trivium are live. The 4 videos on it are ok but I usually find the Trivium videos generally are pretty lame and boring so you will probably only watch these once. However, it is interesting to watch the 'Like Light to the Flies' video to see how much the song has been changed for the album. That video also features their old bassist Brent Young instead of current bass wizard Paolo Gregoletto.

Overall I gave this product 5 stars because of it's brilliance. While every track may not be a hit, as an album it is fantastic. The DVD is also worth having until they inevitably release a full concert DVD which I hope they do!
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on 27 May 2007
This band has some serious talent, they can play their instrument flawlessly despite them being relatively young.

The End of Everything:

A melodic keyboard intro, flows well into rain, but becomes skipable very quickly. 4/10


Brilliant opening riff, pounding double-bass drumming, which is continued throught the song, with yet more great riffs. 10/10

Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr:

Again great drumming, beautiful intro. great catchy chorus. 10/10

Drowned and Torn Asunder:

Not as good as the previous two tracks, but still good. 8/10


Brilliant title track, not as brutal as rain, but shows that matt can sing well with a great chorus. 9/10

Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation:

Awesome track, love the lyrics, brilliant guitar work. 10/10

Like Light to the Flies:

Not much lyrical content, but what there is si preformed amazingly. 9/10

Dying In Your Arms:

A short anthemic track, which is much lighter than the rest of the album 9/10

The Decieved:

A good solid track, nothing special, 8/10

Suffocating Sight:

Great riffs, fast beat, brilliant, 9.5/10


A slow tempo compared to the other tracks, but great vocals and as always awesome musicianship. 9/10


Simplier to Departure, great lyrics, 9/10

not quite as good as the previous album but better than their last, in my opinion, but still a great album.

overall: 9.5/10
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on 15 March 2006
Triviums re-released 'Ascendancy' album is a well worth buy for any serious metal fan! The original 'Ascendancy' album was amazing as the sales suggest but this new version offers loads more. For one there is loads of well fimled live footage which shows those who havnt had the privalage of seeing Trivium live how good this band realy are. Included on this special edition album is a new previously un-released track 'Washing Away In The Tides' which in my opinion is one of their best to date. Also present on the disc the video for 'Rain' (My fav Trivium track!!!) which kicks ass! Honestly from a metal fan to a metal fan buy this album. You will not regret it!!!
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