First Reaction: Trivium – "Vengeance Falls"
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:42:32
Upon first listen to Trivium's sixth full-length album, Vengeance Falls, out October 15, it's apparent that the Florida quartet has honed its assault into something like a metallic terminator hell-bent on pure destruction.
The heart of Trivium remains, but over that emotional exoskeleton is a fine-tuned, focused, and fiery musical killing machine. The first taste of this onslaught arrived with the opener "Brave This Storm". That introductory salvo only lays the groundwork for the controlled warfare to follow. An old school thrash snap punctuates the title track as drums build, and then singer and guitarist Matt Heafy delivers one of his most swooping and soaring choruses yet. It's got that old school heavy metal bombast, but there's a gritty modern groove and stomp. "Strife" slips from lyrical riffing into a bludgeoning wall of distortion before cascading into fret-blazing leads.
Trivium's ability to craft an unshakable hook reaches its apex thus far on the likes of "No Way To Heal" and "At The End Of This War". With David Draiman of Disturbed and Device behind the board, the sound feels hyper-kinetically catchy. Every element from Paolo Gregoletto's mind-blowing bass lines to Corey Beaulieu's impenetrable six-string fireworks to Nick Augusto's magnetic drumming stands out in these songs, enhancing the overall vision.
There are moments of vulnerability instrumentally as well. Take the acoustic intro to "At The End of This War". It's epic in its execution. Speaking of epic, "Incineration" nears the six-minute mark as it winds and whirls through a downright punishing and potent pathway beset by all kinds of instrumental intricacy and some impressive singing from Heafy. However, Trivium's true moment of triumph comes on "Wake (The End Is Nigh)". A clean guitar gives way to a hulking build-up that culminates on a poetic final word from the band. It's a whole new awakening for metal.
The turn of the century hard rock and heavy metal scene has left many bands by the wayside. Few realized the promises of their respective debuts as the genre slipped into deathcore and whatever other trends loom predominant now. However, Trivium fulfill their evolutionary potential here, taking the blueprint of Ascendancy to another level altogether.
This raises the bar for modern heavy metal. The competition has been terminated.
What's your favorite Trivium song?