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Trivium - Vengeance Falls

Vengeance Falls
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 30 September 2013, 6:27 PM

It is all in the wrist, it is all in the cognitive process, it is all about a different kind of observation. What has always intrigued me about the American Metal act TRIVIUM was the probability that they always seek a different pattern to their Modern Metal perspective, cracking the banality of so many bands, whether American or European crossing the same lines over and over. Emerging as a sort of Metalcore smudged by something that appeared as Melodic Death Metal with a few Thrash hints, turning into a modern Heavy Metal output with Metalcore attribute, it has been a part of a process. In the present, TRIVIUM seemed to have retained an image of an all-around band, packing up the modern arts of Heavy and Thrash Metal of course without letting go of the Metalcore spirituality. But it worked pretty well for them I’d tell you that. Assumingly due to their intense work with producer David Draiman, vocalist of DISTURBED / DEVICE on their new album, “Vengeance Falls”, via Roadrunner Records, the band was able to find a neat musical outline to keep hold of them for the coming years.

Principally, this is about heading forward, but following my enthusiasm from this album, I will be frank with you. It is not that TRIVIUM made a breaking through within modern Metal music; because they didn’t, but this is close enough though. In overall, “Vengeance Falls” felt like assorted in comparison to other albums to some extent, it was like a fine joining of IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, PANTERA, DISTURBED and DEVILDRIVER together in a tasty mash under a process of heavy digestion, thus a squash that provided TRIVIUM with escape roots out of sounding too dull or overly repetitive or stuck behind with similar ideas rotting slowly in the mud. “Vengeance Falls”’s songwriting felt livelier, though TRIVIUM’s songs were usually comprehensible and I might even deem them as easy for the ears (even while being heavy), yet while following the tracklist, song after song, it generated a different feeling, more or less unexplainable. Furthermore, the album attributed to TRIVIUM’s earlier doctrine of crushing Metalcore riffing yet with various exits towards Thrash and a contemporary formula of classic melodic Metal, a few breakdown notes, additional soloing delivered with piercing shred along with several hinters of old school Heavy Metal, melodic licks conveyed within the main riffs, inspiring harmonies of the MAIDENish kind and a moderately assorted rhythm sections that nailed itself hard. In addition, although I have never finished listening one of the band’s previous releases, I have to acknowledge Matt Heafy’s vocal work. This is a huge step forward for this chap, slowly perfecting his voice and range other than being just another ordinary Hardcorish semi-growl vocalist. It was like listening to a younger profound version of James Hetfield plus numerous embellishments.

Through the straightforward, and quite simple, undertaking of the remonstrative “Villainy Thrives” I found myself, and the world I am living in. Though this isn’t a news headline, and it has been written in blood for many years, it needed this kind of song to energize the contempt about it. With a basic, but fruitful, flowing Heavy Metal chorus, a C part of pure Metalcore aggression, profound 80’s meets 90’s soloing, TRIVIUM had me under their influence. “Strife”, the album’s chief single, sounded at first, judging by its intro, as a modern Heavy / Thrash Metal song about to detonate. Actually, its residues continued my assumption taking far, qualifying it as a reality. TRIVIUM assembled loads of dynamisms with a fine perspective to achieve a little of the classic era of the genre in order to accelerate this song’s possible live aptitude. Generally, the entire album consists of songs that have the potential of rupturing your surroundings due to countless headbanging and plainly savage amusement, maybe counting out “To Believe”, which was fundamentally good but all to banal. It is hard for me to admit that “Vengeance Falls” is a surprise that suddenly introduced TRIVIUM as a diverse band, as I have never had a chance to experience a full length TRIVIUM release up until now, but as a new listener and fan of this band, they have the ability to sweep and grasp you in their clutches.

4 Star Rating

1. Brave This Storm
2. Vengeance Falls
3. Strife
4. No Way To Heal
5. To Believe
6. At the End of This War
7. Through Blood and Dirt and Bone
8. Villainy Thrives
9. Incineration: The Broken World
10. Wake (The End is Nigh)
Matt Heafy - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Corey Beaulieu - Guitar, Vocals
Paolo Gregoletto - Bass, Vocals
Nick Augusto – Drums
Record Label: Roadrunner Records


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