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Consistent but lacking
on 22 July 2017
In Waves is Trivium's fifth studio album, released in 2011 this record is the first to feature the band's new drummer Nick Augusto. The album brings back a lot of the metalcore qualities from the band's first couple of albums album but sadly suffers for it.
By this point, Trivium's sound had matured and grown into something more interesting, with Shogun being their masterpiece. Unfortunately someone made the decision that the band needed to take two steps back and return to their old, less mature metalcore style. Sadly, the results show that this style no longer suits the band as they have moved on as people and musicians.
The actual quality of the record is pretty sound with some nice top production quality, the same professional quality found on the previous album. The band's newest member Augusto puts out some great beats and fits in to the band nicely. Though I found a lot of the songs enjoyable and up to a reasonable standard of consistency, I found the actual song writing a little lacking. There were no major vocal melodies, hooks or licks that pulled me in and that's a bit of a shame. Talking of vocal melodies, Matt Heafy brings back that old screaming 'emo' vocals which is a bit of a shame. I never liked them on their first two albums and I still don't like it hear. It is clear with the next two albums that he can sing with a wonderful voice, if only he did that here.
When looking at this record next to the previously release shotgun and the soon to follow, Vengenace Falls, I found In Waves to be a reasonably good attempt but nothing great by any means. The band sound great through out but that won't save you if you don't have any great songs to play.
Published by Steven Lornie of Demonszone