Firstly, I have loved Trivium since discovering The Crusade and I love both Disturbed and Device from Draiman, but after listening to this record, I know the two should not collaborate again.
Considering that Ember to Inferno, Ascendancy, the fantastic Crusade and the epic Shogun are all fantastic but diverse metal albums, you'd of thought that Trivium may have stuck to a similar formula. But following on from the average In Waves record, Vengeance Falls delivers a SERIOUS low for the band. What happened to crushing heavy riffs? Songs that actually had any meaning e.g. Greek Mythology (Scylla and Charibdis), eating people (He Who Spawned the Furies), nuclear war (Detonation, Down from the Sky), chopping off Samurai's heads (Kirisute Gomen)? Epic drum intros (Pull Harder on the Strings of your Martyr)?
Matt's vocals following on from In Waves have literally been ruined by David Draiman, some of the songs have IDENTICAL vocal patterns to Disturbed. The self-titled track would not be out of place on a Disturbed record. The same djent-style rhythm riffs are reused in almost every song, there is a distinct lack of original, heavy riffs that even In Waves had. The drums just do not have the energy that Travis Smith brought to the band. The only songs that I would consider anywhere near Trivium's standard are Strife and Incineration: The Broken World.
If Trivium do read this review, never work with David ever again and bring back 7-String guitars because your riffs have lost the originality that drew me in originally.
Massive disappointment, stick to the first 4 albums if you want to listen to Trivium because this is not Trivium.