Trivium
Ascendancy


5.0
classic

Review

by BigRoachy USER (6 Reviews)
June 17th, 2005 | 128 replies | 15,676 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


11 of 18 thought this review was well written

What can I say about this album? This is one of the best Metal albums I have picked up this year! From beginning to end I was taken on a ride that I will never forget.

1.) The End of Everything: The album starts off with an instrumental. It's a short acoustic song that leads up to the next track. It sounds kind of epic, it has a good opening sound to it. I give it a 3.5/5.

2.) Rain: The End of Everything leads into this track. After the acoustic intro, the heavy guitars of this song burst out revealing what's to come in this incredible CD. The verse starts out with Matt screaming and eventually leads to a chorus with him "mostly" singing with screaming at the end of each sentence. Totally brilliant. I give this song a 5/5 because it is just such a great start to a great album.

3.) Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr: This is the song that got me into this band. It starts out with a hardcore drum solo and then a heart pulsing guitar riff. Again, the verse has Matt screaming the lyrics. The part of the song that really starts to pick it up is the Pre-Chorus. The chorus is sung instead of screamed with an awesome pull off riff played in the background. The best part of this song is the solo. This song gets a definite 5/5.

4.) Drowned and Torn Asunder: After two incredible tracks, this track just doesn't live up to them. Of course, it is still awesome, but it just doesn't beat the insanity of Rain and Pull Harder. This song starts off with a slower riff which soon picks up into a heavy verse. Then it leads to another chorus with Matt singing. After a while there's a pretty good solo that is ruined a bit when they just go right into the chorus after it. This song earns a 4/5.

5.) Ascendancy: Ahh, the title track. This is kind of the same as Drowned and Torn Asunder. It starts off with a slower, yet awesome opening riff and leads into a heavy verse. Eventually it leads to a great chorus where Matt sings with the opening riff playing behind him. This song also earns a decent 4/5.

6.) A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation: This song is incredible. It starts off with a suspenceful guitar riff. Then it picks up with a creepy palm muting riff and finally goes to a soloing riff which is Godlike. Then after the heavy verse comes heavy chorus. After the chorus is a Godly soloing part which then leads back into the verse. After this is repeated one more time, it goes into the bridge part where the band chants "Open fire!" while Matt sings his part. After this, is another incredible solo and then the band members chanting "Hey! Hey! Hey!..". This song deserves a 5/5 because of its pure genius. My personal favorite on the album.

7.) Like Light to the Flies: Starts out with two quick opening chords and then goes right into a heavy verse with a fast riff playing behind Matt screaming. The Pre-Chorus and the Chorus are the best parts in this song in my opinion. The solo is very good, but I just love singing along to the Chorus. I give this song a 4.5/5.

8.) Dying in Your Arms: This is probably the weakest track on the CD. It opens with a high pitched, punkish sounding riff. The verse is palm-muted with Matt singing (omg!). The Chorus is very punkish sounding with Matt singing again. The solo is kind of cool, but overall this song is too punkish and sound out of place on the album. 3/5

9.) The Decieved: This song is along the lines of songs like Drowned and Torn Asunder and Ascendancy. It just doesn't live up to the other tracks. Again, it starts off with a fast riff and heavy verse that leads into a sung chorus. Don't get me wrong though, it's done in an awesome way. 4/5

10.) Suffocating Sight: This song is interesting. The opening riff is very awesome. After the opening, it leads to a faint soloing part which is the background riff for the verses. The song has Matt screaming throughout two verses and then it leads to a very good Chorus that has Matt singing again. After another solo part, it comes back to a fainted version of the Chorus and then plays again but is the normal one again. Very good song. 5/5.

11.) Departure: This song takes you on a joyride. It starts off with a heavy riff with heavy chords being rung over a soloing part. After this, the verse is an acoustic riff which has Matt singing. After a few moments of this, you hear a faster paced Pre-Chorus with distorted, palm muted guitars and Matt singing again. Finally, the Chorus kicks in and Matt just rips his vocal cords and pours all his effort and energy into the lyrics. The verse and Pre-Chorus are repeated once more and then it leads into a bridge with Matt screaming and a heavy riff backing him up. After this is a solo that leads into the last Chorus. This song is my second favorite song on the album and it deserves this 5/5.

12.) Declaration: The last song on the album is a long and drawn out beauty. It opens with a heavy powerchord and a crazy soloing part. This leads into a fast and aggressive verse part. This leads into another aggressive Chorus. After this is repeated once it goes into a bridge part and easier singing. Basically, this song is 7 minutes of different guitar riffs and vocals all put together. A very, very awesome ending to a very awesome album. 5/5.

Bottom Line: This album is meant to be in every metal fan's collection. It is a joyride from start to finish. Go out and buy this NOW.

Album score: 5 out of 5.



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FrddyBrnRgrJhn
June 17th 2005



81 Comments


hmm never heard of these guys. what kind of metal is it? i'm not a huge metalhead, the metal that i listen to is the more melodic stuff (system of a down, queens of the stone age, disturbed). the way you described them sounds a lot like this band called savatage that my friend played for me. have you heard of them?

BigRoachy
June 17th 2005



50 Comments


Savatage? Don't know them..
But Trivium is thrash metal. A lot of screaming and heavy guitars and soloing involved.

LiZeR
June 17th 2005



49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice Review.

You beat me to it Roachy! LOL I was JUST writing a review for this, but now I guess I could stop

Yeah, this is pretty thrash. A lot of the rhytym guitar parts during the solos sound like stuff James Hetfield would lay down during his Master of Puppets/Ride the Lightning days (ie. the title track).

I'd Like to comment on "A gunshot to the head of trepidation", the beginning of the solo reminds me of slayer, then when the "wah" comes in, Kirk Hammett comes to mind, and finally when the harmonized dual guitar part finishes the solo, it reminds me of iron maiden.

[Edit]: Amazing album 5/5 indeed. IMO Best Metal album so far in 2005.This Message Edited On 06.17.05This Message Edited On 06.17.05This Message Edited On 06.17.05This Message Edited On 06.17.05

BigRoachy
June 17th 2005



50 Comments


Haha, thanks.
I love this album so much, so I signed up so I could review it!
Looks like I'm the first Trivium reviewer. ^_^

LiZeR
June 17th 2005



49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There was another one, but it was either busted or so crappy that the mods deleted it i think.

masada
June 17th 2005



2733 Comments


There's six 5/5 tracks, so only half are. This would be a 4.5, more so than a 5. I don't even think it should be that highly rated.

BigRoachy
June 17th 2005



50 Comments


Rofl. Well, I like to make my stuff look professional.
I'll let you review Ember to Inferno. ^_^

@Something Vague: I didn't average out my score because I just think this album as an overall deserves to have a 5 out of 5.This Message Edited On 06.17.05

Demonoxide
June 17th 2005



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

prolly the best album ive ever heard it made me listen to a lot of other screaming and metal songs. Something about this album just made me listen to the metal genre so it is definitely a 5/5 to me

Dancin' Man
June 17th 2005



719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a 5/5 but quite good. I'd give it a 4/5 though.

Adam Jones is GOD
June 18th 2005



113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Im still not sure what I would rate this as, i've only had it a few days. The first 6 tracks own so badly, but it seems to filter off after them.

Ill give it a week and see if I still feel the same about it

Yppolitia
June 22nd 2005



44 Comments


Trivium are an amazing metal band with so much potential to make it big in the Metal industry.

ZombieInc.
June 30th 2005



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Considering the age range is 19-23 (matt heafy, the lead singer/guitarst is the youngest) they show amazing talent so far between this album and Ember to Inferno.. I definately agree with your 5/5 review... and i think they are DEFINATELY a band to watch out for.

slaybial-destructor
July 4th 2005



8 Comments


i love this album too... i think i would lean more towards 4 or 4.5/5, but whatever, this album is awesome. although i have to say it was a little departure from their previous offering 'ember to inferno'. i dunno, ascendancy just sounds a little bit more experimental or something a bit more thought out... maybe a little bit too thought out? ETI was just so in your face 'fuck u' kinda shit that really made me step back and go 'woah!'. regardless, ascendancy is great, and i think trivium have a huge future, in the past 6months they've come from relative anonymity to practically the face of roadrunner!

Tenfootbrett
July 5th 2005



149 Comments


queens of the stone age is not metal.

SOAD is only half metal. Disturbed, I've never heard.

But I heard a Trivium song on Much Music in Canada, and it was just flat out awesome. I'll have to give them a listen, though my recent metal phase is over. (I doubt it's a PERFECT 5/5 album man.. but I guess I haven't listened to it yet myself)

jonesi1992
July 9th 2005



17 Comments


Ive only heard some songs off purevolume but what ive heard i fukin love. So ill properly get the album pretty soon.

aka1987
July 18th 2005



9 Comments


i bought this album from a review saying they were like killswitch engage
the ablum is very good, Suffocating Sight is proberly the best song

TheMestUp
July 27th 2005



2 Comments


i've been looking at the reviews on the trivium website. every single one of them says that this is an instant classic, and i'm gonna agree with them. if you haven't bought this cd, you are sorely missing out on the best metal since early metallica. definite 5/5

spoon_of_grimbo
July 28th 2005



2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this was riding high as my current favourite metal album... until i picked up Carcass's "Heartwork." since then, this cd hasnt been in my cd player lol! Ascendancy is good but i got fed up of some the songs quite quickly. i agree with everything the reviewer said (ratings anyway) except that "dying in your arms" should have been given a higher rating. despite being a bit "emo" (well kinda) its still really good.

Mister_Sparkle
July 28th 2005



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This isnt their debut its a softmore but definetly a great one

asheroth
July 29th 2005



130 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Two words: Dumb Thrash.

Sure they're young and talented, but the album bored me to tears. It was like 'Yep, you can write a harmonized solo...and scream...and you've got the heavy verse/melodic chorus formula down pat too. Oh, and you can write religion bashing lyrics. Guess this makes you guys heroes of classic thrash metal *yawns*'

Give me some variety, please. 2.5/5, because I quite like Rain, Dying in your Arms and Like Light to the Flies.



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