Trivium
Shogun


3.5
great

Review

by Locrian USER (13 Reviews)
July 10th, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although there's still room for improvement, Shogun is easily Trivium's best work to date.

Before releasing The Crusade, Trivium assured their ever-growing fan base that the album would be full of creative and inspired material. Of course, this turned out to be absolutely correct, provided that you defined “creative and inspired” as “neither creative nor inspired.” As a result, despite the fact that The Crusade received some positive reviews from critics, it was less likeable in the minds of many fans than, for example, the Holocaust. At some point, the Floridian quartet must have realized this, because it seems they’ve actually put a good amount of effort into their fourth album, Shogun. With a much darker tone, as well as an enhancement in performance by all four of Trivium’s members, Shogun is as good of an improvement over The Crusade as anyone could have hoped for.

Which isn’t to say that the album doesn’t have problems of its own. In true metalcore fashion, every single song on the album follows the exact same structure, with only a few slight variations – even The Crusade wasn’t this formulaic. In addition, the relentless energy of Ascendancy is still absent, being filled in by minute attention to detail. Drummer Travis Smith is as skilled as ever, but on Shogun he sounds a little too precise; it almost sounds like the drumming was handled by a machine. By themselves, none of these problems are particularly harmful, but together they actually hurt the album quite a bit.

Besides that, however, the album doesn’t have much to complain about. Evident as early as the first minute of opener "Kirisute Gomen" is a newer, darker sound – one that Trivium can finally call their own. To go along with this, countless references to blood and violence can be found in the lyrics; present on Shogun are, for instance, a particularly dark song about a father eating his children ("He Who Spawned the Furies") and a slightly more energetic song about a war waged upon heaven ("Insurrection"). Even Matt Heafy’s vocals seem to complement the album’s noticeably darker tone. Not only has he started screaming again, but he has also expanded his range downward for much greater variety.

Also given an increase in variety is the music itself; although the songs all share the same structure, the nature of each one differs from that of the others. From fast-paced, shorter tracks like "Insurrection" and "Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven," to slower and more melancholic songs such as "Down From the Sky" and "He Who Spawned the Furies," the amount of original material on Shogun, when compared to its predecessor, is staggering. Once again, Trivium have saved the longest track for last; "Shogun" lasts for almost twelve minutes, due to the lengthy acoustic section included in the middle. Unlike previous Trivium releases, this album rarely ever gets boring, as every track has something that makes it stand out.

Sure, it’s true that Trivium chose once again to completely reinvent themselves instead of building on their previous sound. But given how awful their previous sound was, this can hardly be looked at as a bad thing, right?


Locrian’s Top 5 Memorable Moments:

5. Chorus of "He Who Spawned the Furies"
4. Opening drum pattern of "Kirisute Gomen"
3. Breakdown of "Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven"
2. Guitar/bass solos of "Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis"
1. Chorus of "Into the Mouth of Hell We March"



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Locrian
July 10th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And so my coverage of Trivium's discography comes to an end. Instead of recommending tracks this time, I chose to list my personal favorite parts of the album as a whole. Please let me know what you think about this.

Yazz_Flute
July 10th 2010


18855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah the best part of the album is the groove in "Throes of Perdition."

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bloc
July 10th 2010


35010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ELEPHANT RIFF

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Dryden
July 10th 2010


13138 Comments


ppl like this wtf

Ire
July 10th 2010


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album sucks so badly.

Bitchfork
July 10th 2010


7584 Comments


indeed ire

Bitchfork
July 10th 2010


7584 Comments


omg we both are digging ambient :}

TheSpirit
July 10th 2010


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah the best part of the album is the groove in "Throes of Perdition."








So much truth

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Emim
July 11th 2010


26674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is their best by far. Definitely wouldn't call this metalcore though.

Crimson Death
July 11th 2010


533 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'd say it's quite a superb album. Personally, I love the riffs and the catchy choruses, especially Throes of Perdition and I love the title track.

Dryden
July 11th 2010


13138 Comments


something is wrong with u

Crimson Death
July 11th 2010


533 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Looking at your avatar, I'll take that as a compliment. Thank you, kind sir.

Dryden
July 11th 2010


13138 Comments


if you don't like or know of the book then u should die

Ire
July 11th 2010


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

more drydens to enter in the dark

Crimson Death
July 11th 2010


533 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

haha WOW, someone is on a man cycle. Learn to take a joke, I'm sure the book is very intriguing.

sspedding
July 11th 2010


4782 Comments


i heard this was better than the crusade

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TheFantasticDangler
July 11th 2010


1171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

a lot better

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Fugue
July 11th 2010


7354 Comments


then again, most music is.

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Fugue
July 11th 2010


7354 Comments


...better than the Crusade that is.

TBliss
July 11th 2010


987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album



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