Trivium: Ascendancy
Trivium - Ascendancy - [Roadrunner Records]


One of the best releases in recent months comes courtesy of a young American band, freshly signed to Roadrunner Records, who have been signing some seriously heavy and interesting bands lately, Trivium being the best of which.

The album contains a mix if thrash, melodic death, and metal core, seamlessly woven into a well-rounded, fresh shrouding mix of metal.

The band's vocalist, Matt Heafy, besides being a good vocalist, with some versatile passages, is an amazing guitarist, and its evident in both the album's great riffing, and its fantastic melodic lead work.

Songs such as the title track contain riffs that are bound to become classics, some of them very reminiscent of riffs by Arch Enemy, to which some of the lead work bears some resemblance as well.

The lead work owes more at times to the forefathers of the melodic harmony lead, the great Maiden, and Heaffy and partners execute them perfectly, the one a the middle of Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr being a perfect example of feel meeting technique.

Some songs need a bit of editing, choruses are sang a time or two more then they should be, but all in all, this is a great album, maybe even a classic in the genre, and it certainly sticks out as one of the best release I've heard in a long time.

Alon Miasnikov

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