Trivium
The Crusade


1.5
very poor

Review

by Locrian USER (13 Reviews)
June 29th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A swing and a miss.

*Note: I am reviewing the complete Trivium discography. This is part 3.


Shortly before the release of The Crusade, frontman Matt Heafy had this to say about the album:

"If 'Ember to Inferno' is five steps behind 'Ascendancy', then 'Ascendancy' is about twenty steps behind 'The Crusade'. 'The Crusade' is such a huge evolutionary step for this band in terms of sound, songwriting and the musicianship. This was just the next step; it still sounds like Trivium, it's just much ***ing better."

Of course, we all know what really happened. The Crusade didn’t end up twenty steps ahead of Ascendancy, but rather about five hundred steps to the side. In other words, Trivium didn’t build on their sound at all, but instead chose to do something entirely different. This is pretty much where most people have a problem with Trivium: after promising a “huge evolutionary step,” the band completely failed to do so. This in itself wouldn’t even be so bad, if only their new sound wasn’t a lot less enjoyable than it used to be.

For example, take the album’s lead single, “Anthem (We Are the Fire).” Aside from not sounding like it was even written by Trivium at all, most of the song is boring and repetitive. The lyrics are extremely repetitive as well, with only 16 lines being written for the song. Granted, a lot of Ascendancy had the same problem with repetition, but that album was so energetic that it was often possible to ignore that issue and just enjoy the music. It’s hard to do this in The Crusade, because the energy and potential that dominated Ascendancy are now almost completely gone. In addition, most of the songs are incredibly similar to one another, an additional problem that carries over from Ascendancy. To make matters worse, several of the songs that deviate from this similarity – “And Sadness Will Sear,” “This World Can’t Tear Us Apart,” and “The Rising” – are the weakest tracks on the album. So we have to contend with the fact The Crusade’s stronger material (by comparison) lies in the songs that sound just like each other.

Hurting the album even more is the vocal work of Matt Heafy. Like most material on the album, his voice hardly varies at all. If he had continued to scream like he did in earlier albums, his voice might have been more tolerable, if only because it would have had more variety. To explain why he was dropping the screaming, Heafy offered this explanation (I swear this is a real quote): “The only reason I started screaming in the first place was because I sucked at singing and wanted to be the frontman of a band.” Ignoring whatever else might be wrong with this statement, however, this is actually a reasonable explanation for the lack of screaming inasmuch as the singing in Ascendancy was honestly pretty good. On The Crusade, however, Heafy’s singing becomes worse instead of better, and the dropping of his screaming takes him from mediocre to almost unbearable.

Those who particularly hate the vocal work on The Crusade will be pleased to know that there is one instrumental track, sharing its title with the album. The song is over eight minutes long – longer than any of Trivium’s previous work, surpassing even their cover of “Master of Puppets.” It’s easy to draw a comparison to Dream Theater’s “The Dance of Eternity”; each song lacks any sort of structure, instead consisting of a collection of musical ideas. However, whereas Dream Theater’s song is interesting and complex (with over a hundred time signature changes throughout the track), Trivium once again show that they are incapable of being interesting at all, with boring, repetitive riffs appearing throughout the song.

There’s a bonus edition of the album with a couple of additional tracks, but neither of them have anything else to offer. Aside from a couple of catchy choruses and some nice soloing, there’s really nothing particularly interesting on this album at all. Unless you like Trivium’s other three albums and you’re the type of person who likes to collect complete discographies, don’t bother with The Crusade. In closing, let us recall some more words of wisdom by Matt Heafy:

“I think everyone will be really happy with it and those that aren't can go listen to any of those dime a dozen bands that are all doing the same thing.”

Oh, Matt. Will you ever learn?


Recommended Tracks: None, but “Ignition” and the title track suck slightly less than the rest of the album.

FINAL VERDICT: 1.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Locrian
June 29th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I apologize for submitting yet another review of this album, but I am doing their discography, after all.

bloc
June 29th 2010


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I do like Ignition and Detonation but yeah, album is pretty bad.

Crymsonblaze
June 29th 2010


7495 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Detonation is awesome. Rest of the album is blah.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2010


31350 Comments


You don't need to have that *note in the review, reserve it for the comments

ShadowAmI
June 30th 2010


1542 Comments


theres always that one fat irritating Trivium fan

Poet
June 30th 2010


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Needs more mention of user jrowa being in the Anthem (We are the Fire) video

Locrian
June 30th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Deviant.: I took it out of the review. Here it is in the comments:

*Note: Matt Heafy’s quotes are taken from here:
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=59097

Dryden
June 30th 2010


12928 Comments


nice rating

scissorlocked
June 30th 2010


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

come on everyone,this album deserves a higher rating

Trivium show good musicianship and are generaly good songwriters,being able to use their influences

Maybe the crusade is too much metallica,but still is a good album generally

Digging: Traumprinz - All The Things

Motiv3
June 30th 2010


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

no album fucking sucks. Ascendancy and Shogun are much better.

scissorlocked
June 30th 2010


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

shogun is really crap

just a chorus-driven album which has only some good moments,and easily gets boring

Ascendancy,however, is their best

Motiv3
June 30th 2010


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

'just a chorus-driven album which has only some good moments,and easily gets boring'

Isnt Ascendancy chorus driven too? and ur saying its their best album and the Crusade is better than Shogun? go fucking figure.

scissorlocked
June 30th 2010


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ascendancy is also chorus-driven,but the songs aren't just built around the choruses.They were more solid and passionate,as was the band at that time.Ascendancy is of course a metalcore album,with the characteristics of the genre,but without surpassing any boundaries,managed to be succesful and consistent.

Shogun on the other hand,displays better musicianship,but the band usually seems fake with what they're doing,having some decent songs that built up only to support the melodic choruses.I can only recongise Kirisute Gomen and Down from the Sky as really standout tracks,while,Ascendancy had surely more.

And that's only my opinion,chillout Hollier!!!

Motiv3
June 30th 2010


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

i understand what your saying in your last post and your opinion, i just found it dumb u criticising shogun for being chorus driven when Ascendancy is the same. Now you've said that and have proven your not as stupid as i thought u were its cleared up. And dude, i am chilled lol no need to tell me to calm down.

Locrian
June 30th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Actually, the main problem with Shogun is that every song has the EXACT same structure - but other than that, it's a solid album.

fr33convict
June 30th 2010


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Ascendency is solid (3-3.5)
Shogun is decent (2.5-3)
This sucks (1.5-2)
Haven't checked anything else out from them.

Locrian
June 30th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I gave Ember to Inferno a 2, so I wouldn't recommend it. New song is great though.

fr33convict
June 30th 2010


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yeah i wasn't expecting much from their debut. and i've heard the one of the god of war soundtrack (which is cool). is that the one you meant?

Locrian
June 30th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah, the God of War one (Shattering the Skies Above) is what I was talking about. It sounds like Ascendancy with a Shogun feel. Their Slave New World cover is decent too.

Dogget
June 30th 2010


781 Comments


theres always that one fat irritating Trivium fan

hahaha, fantastic comment



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