Trivium have had interesting career so far – emerging in 2003 when frontman Matt Heafy was just 17 years-old and delivering a debut that showed promise but ultimately lacked substance. They have since become a solid contender in the age of metalcore, consistently dividing opinion and that’s not about to change.
Matt Heafy described 2011’s ‘In Waves’ as “The [defined] Trivium Sound” and I was inclined to agree with him, not being a massive fan of the previous fan-coveted efforts of ‘Ascendency’ and ‘Shogun’.
“It is all fairly consistent and songs like ‘Blind Leading The Blind’ and ‘Rise Above The Tides’ demonstrate how much this band has matured.”
Fast forward to 2015 and Trivium have thrown fans another curveball with ‘Silence In The Snow’, one which will once again split opinion. The screaming vocals have been cast aside by Heafy in favour of his well-spoken and easily-understood harmony. Team this up with Matt Madiro’s strong first album outing on the drums, Corey Beaulieu’s talented approach to metal melody and a solid bass line from Paolo Gregoletto you’ve got a force to be reckoned with.
The album opens strongly with an intro of classical orchestration with ‘Snøfall’ leading into ‘Silence in the Snow’ which gives listeners of taste of what’s to come in terms of chugging guitar riffs, blistering and melodic solos and a clean vocal line. It’s a strong album all of the way through, if a little repetitive in terms of tone and structure but it means that no track sticks out like a sore thumb. It is all fairly consistent and songs like ‘Blind Leading The Blind’ and ‘Rise Above The Tides’ demonstrate how much this band has matured.
I like the confident sound the band has on this album. That said, I think the screaming vocals of Heafy did add dynamic and contrast where it was needed in the past. It’s the absence of that signature vocal impact that may make this album seem a little monotonous.
By Will Hunt
Absence of Heafy’s screaming
That Snare Sound!
Watch the Official Music Video for “Blind Leading The Blind” below:
|2. Silence In The Snow|
|3. Blind Leading the Blind|
|4. Dead and Gone|
|5. The Ghost That’s Haunting You|
|6. Pull Me From The Void|
|7. Until the World Goes Cold|
|8. Rise Above the Tides|
|9. The Thing That’s Killing Me|
|10. Beneath the Sun|
|11. Breath in the Flames|