Trivium
Shogun


4.0
excellent

Review

by MarkedFortune USER (6 Reviews)
February 9th, 2011 | 21 replies | 5,402 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trivium may either be loved or hated by the metal community. Some may see them as immature while others adore them to the point of obsessiveness.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Whether you like or hate Trivium no-one can deny Shogun is a big album for Trivium and Trivium's fans.

Disputes aside this album is a step in the right direction, a return to old, particularly the return of Heafy's screaming vocal lines, however this is not simply an Ascendancy:Take Two, development is shown and the songs are actually pretty good.

From start to finish listeners can enjoy a quality metal effort from Trivium. It's Trivium but with more experience and better song-writing styles. With Shogun, stand-outs include Down From The Sky, Throes Of Perdition and the elevin minute title track Shogun. These highlighted tracks are a great example of Trivium's from thier previous efforts as they give the listeners with a hard-hitting, fast-paced well executed riffs and strong lyrics that at times are catchy. Fans will really enjoy how heavy this album is compared to The Crusade, and the technicality of this album will attract thier guitar-based fans. There are songs on Shogun that people will find themselves singing along to.

As Trivium are very much a guitar-based band who sight influences such as Metallica and Iron Maiden and there is alot that guitarists in general will be able to appreciate. Shogun's riffs are both catchy and heavy (and also technical) and the guitar solos will give a greater interest for the guitar enthusiasts. Trivium's instrument based fans will have plenty to keep them interested.

Many tracks on Shogun show great potential to thier future developments of the band, but the question is where do they go from here? Commercially, this is a big album for Trivium and sales were relatively high, the recording process shows that tracks are built part by part and the production is also high quality. Shoguns thrash-like metal sound attracts many listeners, especially those who have previously listened to older metal groups such as Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden and Pantera displaying their major influences on a single album.

The dynamics used in tracks such as the opening track Kirisute Gomen identify a more experienced song-writing style, building into riffs and fading out of songs, this shows that Trivium are doing things differently from thier previous albums.

The bonus tracks of the Shogun album are also quality tracks including the Iron Maiden cover where Trivium have inserted thier own style into the track including thier screams and double-bass drum kicks.

For Trivium, Shogun shows a step in the right direction, and is one of thier better albums and a better display of thier creative talents.

Highlights Include:
Down From The Sky
Kirisute Gomen
Shogun



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    red0 (2.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Smalley
February 9th 2011



108 Comments


I initially mis-read the album title on the front page as "Shotgun", which, incidentally, is what I'd like to use on this band. Just to temporarily put 'em out of the music-making business, that's all.

Josh D.
February 9th 2011



13967 Comments


I initially mis-read the album title on the front page as "Shotgun", which, incidentally, is what I'd like to use on this band.


Ha ha.

FilthyBorgir
February 9th 2011



1334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol (at the comments above)

bluehaze54
February 9th 2011



50 Comments


sorry but cannot stand this band

good review though

MarkedFortune
February 9th 2011



100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

At least your not just "hating" them. I believe however people are allowed to have thier own opinions.

FilthyBorgir
February 9th 2011



1334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Throes of Perdition is awesome! (not trolling either)

Emim
February 9th 2011



26570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

At least you didn't rate it a one. This is more like a 3 for me, though.

scissorlocked
February 9th 2011



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's their worst album in my opinion

the refrain driven song style doesn't fit them,except they turn back to the old cheesy metalcore style

Upon the shores shouldn't be dismissed as a bonus track

Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

freedomofspeechnoway
February 9th 2011



412 Comments


Upon the Shores is easily the best on the album.

And it has the most hilarious death metalish part of the album.

Ovrot
February 9th 2011



10486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is the only Trivium I like.

He Who Spawned The Fuires rules

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

pillowswantyoursoul
February 9th 2011



923 Comments


Bad review. The summary desperately needs to be changed.

Acanthus
February 9th 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like "Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven" more than I should, but the albums not bad.

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2011



15556 Comments


album's actually pretty good for what it is

Digging: The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

Spice
February 10th 2011



30 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kind of biased review, you don't mention anything bad about the album.

MarkedFortune
February 10th 2011



100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dont directly, but i do pose the question, where do they go from here?
i dont really see them improving. That least not to say means it a perfect album, just a good one.

sifFlammable
February 10th 2011



2741 Comments


Whether you like or hate Trivium no-one can deny Shogun is a big album for Trivium and Trivium's fans.

This part comes off as being rather shallow. The review's main audience are not trivium fans, but the general music community (of metal/rock/etc, in this case) - which really begs the question as to whether this 4.0 rating was meant to be for trivium fans only.





TheArkitecht
February 10th 2011



1672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I found this more interesting than Ascendancy, plus the title track is awesome.

TheJackal
February 10th 2011



1005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a bad album, and definately a step in the right direction.
btw you spelt 'eleven' wrong which is kinda annoying [3rd para, 3rd line]

MarkedFortune
February 10th 2011



100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my bad, my eyes sometimes gloss over while im typing

Slimjim367
February 12th 2011



512 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

trivium sucks



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