Love them or hate them, there is no denying that Trivium are only getting bigger and more popular with every release, with legions of new fans packing out arenas and stadiums throughout the world wanting a piece of the Florida quartet. So the momentum comes rolling and crashing like the ocean for the band’s latest album In Waves.
With every release, Trivium have tried to find the right direction – Ember To Enferno and Ascendancy are straight-up metalcore, The Crusade is a tribute to 80’s thrash metal and Shogun was a return to their heavier roots. In Waves is a different beast – it shifts towards their earlier metalcore roots with a strong focus on melody and the odd exploration into outside influences.
The songs shift and change quite throughout. There are the catchy, grooving, melodically tinged stompers that fans have grown to love and expect like “Black”, “Inception of the End” (with blast-beats over clean vocals!), “Forsake not the Dream”, the infectious title track with a blistering guitar solo and a piano part under it all if you listen closely, “Caustic are the Ties that Bind” and a song that screams out to be the next single, “Built To Fall” with its fist pumping groove and memorable chorus. Trivium also look back to the Crusade era with “Watch the World Burn” – once again Hetfield and Ulrich would be proud — and of course, travel into an uber-heavy territory with songs such as the blackened death metal of “Dusk Dismantled”, “A Skyline’s Severance” and “Chaos Reigns”. They even attempt an acoustic power ballad in “Of All These Yesterdays” to interesting results. The only thing missing was talking about cowboys or a keyboard solo, but it still works.
There is one constant throughout – a stripped back focus that drops technicality and replaces it with a straight ahead groove that a lot more can relate to from the mosh pitting fan to the kid learning their favourite song from the album. That isn’t to say that there aren’t any pyrotechnical guitar fireworks. In Waves has plenty of blistering guitar solos, chunky riffs and double bass barrages throughout, but overall it’s more simplified and a dynamic. Bright production from Colin Richardson only adds to the album’s appeal.
As with their past special editions, they give plenty back to the fans with four bonus tracks from the album sessions, a faithful Trivium-ised cover of Sepultura’s “Slave New World” and a bonus DVD chock full of live footage and a documentary.
Put the best aspects of Ascendancy and Shogun into a blender with a slight pinch of The Crusade, strip back the technical aspects and focus on melody and the result is In Waves. This should gain Trivium even more new fans, maybe win some naysayers over, and perhaps lose a few who wanted it more like the uber-heavy Crusade while appeasing the loyalists. In Waves only further solidifies Trivium’s standing within the metal world.
1. Capsizing the Sea
2. In Waves
3. Inception of the End
4. Watch the World Burn
5. Dusk Dismantled
7. Built to Fall
8. Caustic are the Ties that Bind
9. A Skyline’s Severance
10. Forsake not the Dream
11. Chaos Reigns
12. Of All These Yesterdays
13. Leaving this World Behind