Very much Trivium playing by numbers

Perhaps thinking that previous album Silence in the Snow was a little too bland, Trivium have taken a step back in a slightly heavier direction for album number eight, but it doesn’t shake off the nagging feeling that the band are playing it safe.

There is nothing new about Trivium’s approach or style on The Sin and the Sentence, nothing that hasn’t been tried and perfected over the last seven releases. Matt Heafy’s harsher vocals have returned but the more technical aspects of their playing and the sometimes complex arrangements have been relegated to the past as they riff on the more streamlined song structures of later releases. The first three tracks just sort of pass on by without standing out, and then comes ‘The Hate From Your Heart’, a complete clunker that seems to exist as a bid for radio rock airplay but totally misfires. Two tracks in the middle of the album prove that Trivium haven’t yet completely lost the fire that once fuelled them. ‘Betrayer’ leaps out with a ragged opening howl from Heafy and some furious picking and drum work and ‘The Wretchedness Inside’ is the heaviest song they have done for quite some time, driven by a chugging riff and some thumping bass work. After this, the album continues in the same unimaginative commercial metal direction as the first half, not really offering up many highlights.

The Sin and the Sentence is very much Trivium playing by numbers, either unwilling or unable to step outside the box they’ve built for themselves over the course of the last three or four albums. It might be enough to sustain their career for a while, but it they continue to phone it in like they have here, it might not be for very long.

1. The Sin and the Sentence
2. Beyond Oblivion
3. Others Worlds
4. The Hate from Your Heart
5. Betrayer
6. The Wretchedness Inside
7. Endless Night
8. Sever the Hand
9. Beauty in the Sorrow
10. The Revanchist
11. Thrown Into the Fire


  • Lelouch6661

    Almost every other review gave this album a great score, even Metal Hammer did. Only this review along with another one, seem to be negative about the album. Which is interesting…

    About them not exploring new grounds, are you kidding? The last album was completely new and different for them. So this album was meant to blend those new philosophies with the old ones. From what the other, much more positive reviews are saying, this album is a perfect mix of all of their albums.

    What did you honestly expect them to make? A modern version of The Wall? It’s a Trivium album, and what you get is nearly an hour long riff barrage full of metal anthems.

  • OneManMetal

    I agree with this review. In my opinion this album has been over rated by commercial metal media