Trivium
Shogun


5.0
classic

Review

by ChickenWingDoctor USER (1 Reviews)
March 6th, 2010 | 146 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There is no better balance between melodic beauty and fierce intensity than the album Shogun.

Words cannot do this album enough justice. With their fourth studio release, Trivium took what they felt they did best on their previous albums, and put it all together into one style. Personally, I don't know of anybody who could have done this so beautifully. The album is kicked off by a peaceful acoustic intro that prepares the listener for the ride ahead by keeping them guessing about what will happen next. This acoustic intro is the first fifteen and a half seconds of the brutal "Kirisute Gomen." The listener is captivated by the unique guitar riff which is draped over some intense tom fills. The song goes in with some of the greatest intensity the albums has to offer. Eventually it ends and rolls into "Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis" which captivates the listener with one of the most awe-inspiring riffs the band has yet created. The song progresses into an amazing breakdown which even has two bass solos that are truly impressive. Next in the lineup is "Down From The Sky" a song with a beautiful chorus and another intense breakdown. "Into The Mouth Of Hell We March" comes next with some of the best lyrics the band has written, which are surrounded by rough vocals which breakdown into beautiful melody later in the song. Next comes "Throes Of Perdition" which brings one of Trivium's best choruses to the table. "Insurrection" rolls in as Throes Of Perditoin rings out, and bombards the listener with some of the more technical riffs on the album. "The Calamity" is next, and aside from a jaw-dropping guitar solo is basically a different variation of the rest of the album, which isn't really a bad thing. The next track is "He Who Spawned The Furies" one of the albums many strong points. It opens up with a dual-layered vocal performance that offers a slightly creepy feel. It then rolls into another amazing chorus. The song has one of the best and most intense breakdowns metal has to offer to cap off the song. "Of Prometheus And The Crucifix" is perhaps the most melodic song on the album, and is nothing short of beauty. It rolls into "Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven" which is probably the worst song on the album. Despite that, the song is no slouch. Finally the album is capped off by its eleven plus minute title track, "Shogun" which is one of the most genius songs I've heard. Unlike most songs of such length, it keeps the listener captivated by fluctuating between epic beauty and brutality. It rolls into an acoustic segment in the middle, which could be Trivium's greatest creation. The song has such an epic feel to it and is the perfect way to cap off such a brilliant album. The bonus tracks are as excellent as the album itself, and they really show off Matt Heafy's diverse vocal brilliance.

Overall, Shogun is the perfect album for someone who wants a mix of beauty and intensity. It is a staple in the evolution of the metal genre itself. I havent yet heard an album that I feel is a perfect five stars, but Shogun comes closer than anything I've heard before.


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    Would sound great if it could just make up it's mind....

    P.J. Quinones (4)
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    MarkedFortune (4)
    Trivium may either be loved or hated by the metal community. Some may see them as immature...

    Locrian (3.5)
    Although there's still room for improvement, Shogun is easily Trivium's best work to date....

  • Chris Gaduzo (3.5)
    With "Shogun", Trivium have finally created their own sound, but it still has that same "l...

    Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF (3)
    Shogun may well rankle the traditionalists, but in going back to basics Trivium have retur...

    red0 (2.5)
    It sounds good at first, with lots of positives, until you realize the songs all fade toge...

    username345 (2)
    An improvement on 'The Crusade' but still a weak album, too long and ruined by Heafy's dre...

  • Fugue (3)
    Better than I had expected, worse than I had hoped....

    Justin Taslak (3.5)
    They're back?...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
March 6th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This could use some paragraphs.


Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2010


16440 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

oh my

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

ninjuice
March 6th 2010


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Overall, Shogun is the perfect album for someone who wants a mix of beauty and intensity. It is a staple in the evolution of the metal genre itself.

hahaha

AtavanHalen
March 6th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh dear.

qwe3
March 6th 2010


21366 Comments


Oh dear.


Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2010


17222 Comments


nice dig ninjuice!
anyways, back to the matter at hand. this is just meant as some helpful advice, not an attack, but you might want to try expanding into the key aspects of the album and what you enjoy about it in a overall sense using the songs to back up your points instead of just saying a+b+c+d+e+f+etc=awesome, especially when giving a classic rating, because not only is it easier to read, it also helps explain your viewpoint to someone who has either never heard the album or has a differing opinion than you since just about every metal album has technical riffs and solos.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2010


31375 Comments


Holy 5 stars Batman!

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

ThePalaceOfWisdom
March 7th 2010


1134 Comments


Two reviews for this and two for that last A7X album in the past few days, something is up.

Emim
March 7th 2010


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy giant paragraph, Batman!

cvlts
March 7th 2010


8967 Comments


Nice (long) soundoff.

Eclectic
March 7th 2010


3302 Comments


There is no better balance between melodic beauty and fierce intensity than the album Shogun.

I'm sorry, I really do have to lol

Big paragraph is big, please break it up kthnxbai

Zip
March 7th 2010


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

rofl

IRAI
March 7th 2010


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i enjoy this album. it leaps better than Crusade, but no way can it be a five, and your review has hit nothing along the lines of a justification for your rating beside the evident fact that you like it.

it just seems to be a long drawn out fanboy-ish soundoff.

elaborate and justify your hefty rating please.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2010


6160 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is no slouch

qwe3
March 7th 2010


21366 Comments


at SUCKING

Piglet
March 7th 2010


4659 Comments


The main thing I can't stand about Trivium is the god-awful vocals

Emim
March 7th 2010


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heafy sounds decent in the Roadrunner Allstars album.

ShadowRemains
March 7th 2010


21113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its a good album, but NOT 5 stars...

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

IGotShotInTheFace
March 7th 2010


444 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Overall, Shogun is the perfect album for someone who wants a mix of beauty and intensity. It is a staple in the evolution of the metal genre itself. I havent yet heard an album that I feel is a perfect five stars, but Shogun comes closer than anything I've heard before.


Excuse me whilst I vomit.

bloozclooz
March 7th 2010


1770 Comments


"I haven't yet heard an album that I feel is a perfect five stars"

you don't listen to much metal, do you?



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