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Trivium - What The Dead Men Say Award winner

What The Dead Men Say
by Craig Rider at 08 July 2020, 10:39 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: TRIVIUM; signed via Roadrunner Records, hailing from the United States of America - performing Metalcore/Thrash/Heavy Metal, on their 9th Studio Album entitled: "What The Dead Men Say" (released April 24th, 2020).

Since formation in 1999; the quartet in question have 9 Studio Albums in their discography so far, a distinguished band who need no introduction… I have the privilege to review their newest record: "What The Dead Men Say". 10 tracks ranging at around 46:32; TRIVIUM arrange an intricately designed formula of some heavy-hitting Metalcore/Thrash/Heavy Metal amalgamations.

The instrumental "IX" begins the record; with an acoustic but atmospherically ambient riff until the titular track overtakes you with amplified adrenaline, boisterously bouncy hooks & groovy executions that showcase that Nu-Metal rift. Marvelling with frolicking breakdowns, and a quintessential virtuosity  with barraged frenzy of galloping chugs in which wonderously element a catchy embellishment of thrilling vocal performances while smothering this melodiously meticulous systematic of rip roaring shreds that surge with sonically seamless strikes. Consisting of the illustrious reputation who precedes him with his known uniquely versatile vehemence; signify this stylish repertoire of Metalcore mastery known as Matt Heafy, the frontman excels at a profusely robust ramification of synergetic vibrancy. On lead vocals/guitars this industrious mastermind manifests this triggering calamity that implements fluidly polished pipes that raise the bar with rawly rough precision and a hardened fabrication of clean cords with this high-pitched bark which yells with screaming raspiness with throaty thickness - while trailblazing with skyrocketing substance as he strums with monstrously meaty maelstroms of primitively piledriving gnarliness. Captivating an immersively inventive crunch of solidified thunder, organically providing this rich tempo of tight lacerations momentously forge harmonic chaos and a creative dynamic offering this neck-breaking diversity of ruthless pandemonium with constructively detailed craftsmanship diligence.

"Catastrophist" experiments an intense aura of punchy jumpiness; mesmerising with this majestic magnetism of salubrious musicalities that rushes with razor-sharp quirkiness, and a brilliantly complex intervention of outrè panache & weighty songwriting musicianship. Second guitarist Corey Beaulieu (also on backing vocals) demonstrates a distinctively chunky characteristic of riveting mayhem that articulates a blistering aesthetic of frantic firepower, flamboyant finesse & a killer grandure of licks that rumble with reverberating stability… patterning this rampant flow, assembling an enriching arsenal of tenaciously sophisticated varieties that portray this sublime subtlety which overarchs with oozing tones of mellifluously euphonic doses of zestful remedy. The longest song in the record, yielding memorable originality that harness an epic hymn intertwining a bulldozing chunk of monolithic growls and ferocious grunts while soaring with tempestuous storms that pumps out revelling quakes with musical solace.

"Amongst The Shadows & The Stones" opens up with this throaty shout, until rambunctious drum hammering from Alex Bent batters his set with steely pummels while romping up this uproariously relentless stomp that chisels into a high-octane silver-lining of hybrid dimensions and a borderline foundation of volatile yet fundamental combustion within the slamming of drum-cymbals in his wake. Shrouding this ritualistic sensation of skillful outbursts resulting this quantum spectrum of rowdy exuberance, eccentric impacts and an evolving oscillation of resonant trembles that pound with dexterously crisp nimbleness. Rapidly swifting with slick, streamlined swarms of malevolent but beautifully driven amalgamations which merge both factions in a consistently deadly and brutally hostile integrity of lush but transformative juxtaposition with this aggressively ravishing orchestration process. "Bleed Into Me" somewhat is a gruelling love affair; capturing a grandiose feeling of dramatic emotions and heart-wrenching lyricisms; that we all have felt in one way or another, dealing with the loss of a loved one that you have to maintain in a proactive way as difficult as that always is…it's for sure this menacing yet relevant track that will no doubt hit you in the heart with the troubling truths the writing here entails. This one subjugates this rollicking bass audibility from Paolo Gregoletto, establishing a thumpy pulse of some malancholic moods yet mostly striding this forlorn embodiment form of emptiness but still rising up with this venomous injection of infectious grinds that help keep this one prevalently alive and enriching.

"The Defiant" brings back those slabbing meltdowns that enchants a dissonant compression of core-like attributes, armed to the brim distilling a hypnotically charged flair of frantically symphonious verses… sulphurously providing progressively technical abilities, and an integral density of acerbic distribution from all members. Prevailing with prodegiously prestigious piercings of mandatory yet spellbinding thuds that yells with vulcanized speed, and anthemic bewitchments. "Sickness Onto You" is like a daunting tale of tragedy, similar to the 4th song…the loss of obsession that tells you to stop those mental and heartful tribulations so that you will not regret nor build hopes up which inevitably comes back to haunt you with disappointment and remorseful wrongdoings that makes you not want to do ever again…these typical trials us human beings have to deal with everyday of our lives. The musical direction is still thrashy, heavy and immersively explosive, however. It's a slaying, sorrowful & mournful track that should resonate with you in a meaningful way of mentally traumatic, life events…hinting at a swaying swag of jazzy melodics near the end. But back to the program of refreshing flexibility of engaging, and heated equalities…"Scattering The Ashes" is a similar story of unbound loss between a father and son, throwing away any fearless boundaries between 2 family related people that taunts eachother in a beaten but glaringly distant future of freedom and earnest. Instrumentally, drums and basslines are a jamming juggernaut with this one.. fiery fretworks simultaneously wraths with racing extremities, but emotive spectacles that will make you think on your feet for sure. The penultimate track

"Bending The Arc Of Fear" explores a concrete convergence of their own signature trademark sound with influences within all sub-genres of this modernized metal landscape, brilliantly shaped with ravenously scorching advant-garde èclat and a radical sensation of traditionally vibrant potency that will make you want to break chairs over other chairs in a pleasing manner. Persisting with this persevering ominium gatherum of sorts, TRIVIUM splendidly pursuit this stunning strike of cunning ideas in which will suprise you with each and every listen…also serving limitless replayability value that most surely rewards a CD purchase or stream. Overall concluding "What The Dead Men Say" with the finale epic: "The Ones We Leave Behind"; a cementing, belting bruiser that shows off their vigorous muscle in a havoc ridden multitute of blast-beats, high-pitched lungs fused with vicious growls and incredible amount of sheer velocites with stampeding rampages with this barbaric but berserk-like bulldozed gear shifts to the melodious transformation this band expertly culminates.

Bottom line; TRIVIUM are one of the most popular metal bands as of this generation, and with reason…their back catalogue have a famous repertoire of an arguably notable career that stems from all things metal in their own methodic milestone of fashionable deliverances, which will bring in newcomers with their popular representation they tend to bring to the table. From my recollection, "What The Dead Men Say" came out of nowhere when it got announced (albeit 3 years in the making) …not long after its predecessor "The Sin And The Sentence" (also another great rocker). However, I am compelled to say that this was indeed an enjoyably entertaining discovery that most certainly deserves at least a few spins or more! Give it a go if you want some tuneful yet adventurously ambitions offerings to date – a hefty and rhythmic anchoring for sure.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. "IX" (instrumental) 1:58
2. "What the Dead Men Say" 4:45
3. "Catastrophist" 6:28
4. "Amongst the Shadows & the Stones" 5:40
5. "Bleed Into Me" 3:48
6. "The Defiant" 4:29
7. "Sickness Unto You" 6:14
8. "Scattering the Ashes" 3:24
9. "Bending the Arc to Fear" 4:45
10. "The Ones We Leave Behind" 4:56
Matt Heafy - Lead Vocals/Guitars
Corey Beaulieu - Guitars/Backing Vocals
Paolo Gregoletto - Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Alex Bent - Drums/Percussion
Record Label: Roadrunner Records


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