Trivium
In Waves


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
August 4th, 2011 | 618 replies | 65,600 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid release that is overshadowed by Trivium's previous work.

After receiving much mixed feedback from their previous release Shogun, many were wary of the band’s fifth studio effort In Waves. Over the years we have seen Trivium grow and explore new sounds; from the hit or miss sounds of The Crusade and the over “Metallicisation” of Heafy’s lyrics to the band's best received studio effort Shogun, listeners’ didn’t know what to expect. For the most part In Waves does hit the heights anticipated by fans, even with its rather radio rock soundings.

A noticeable difference from other records is that Heafy’s vocals have improved, both in his clean vocals and when he chooses to use them. Tracks like ‘Of All These Yesterdays’ and ‘Watch The World Burn’ highlight the creative choices ( either structural or lyrically) the band uses throughout the album and makes for a more enjoyable listen overall. On most tracks it is easy to notice the use of hooks (this involves using the track title in lyrics, mainly found in chorus lines) which increases the album's overall catchiness as well as creates a more memorable listen. On the other hand this may promote a repetitive feel to some songs.

While Trivium have adopted a more radio friendly, pop influenced sound there is no denying that this very much a Trivium album. There are still the driving riff patterns, technical and fast guitar solos, the screamed and clean vocals, and the inclusion of newest member Nick Augusto who provides an intelligent percussive onslaught without going over the top, to wrap things up. This makes In Waves a solid listen throughout and maintains the listeners’ attention with a few instrumental tracks that act as interludes for the album. This stops tracks from meshing into each other and ensures this album is seen in a more positive light.

While the band state that they are not after a sense of change, there is a change of sound that is easily recognised. It comes from a combination of musical ideas and the more dominant clean vocals. In Waves shows many traits of a radio metal album and whilst that is not such a bad thing it is bound to create a certain backlash from the metal community. This radio rock sound can easily be identified in ‘A Grey So Dark’ where there are some pop infused riffs, and a clear lack of screamed vocals. The guitar solos are even a little more sedate, and shorter than the regular Trivium flurry of arpeggios and sweep fests. ‘Chaos Reigns’ show much of the Ascendancy meets The Crusade sound. The riffage and instrumental ideas are very much similar to those from The Crusade whilst the lyrical sound and patterns are reminiscent of those from Ascendancy.

The extended edition of this release presents listeners with an aggressive rendition of ‘Slave New World’ and whilst this is very much a Sepultura classic the main difference can be found in the vocals being screamed throughout. It is a decent cover, nothing more and nothing less. Trivium certainly don’t lift the tracks quality, but neither do they drop it. Also the track ‘Leaving This World Behind’ brings back a track from Trivium's past work ‘A View Of Burning Empires’ from the band’s debut full length release and gives new life to the instrumental track, which also maintains the attention of the listener and creates a nostalgic value.

Overall In Waves makes for a very solid listen. Trivium have not maintained the same level of quality found on Shogun, but this should keep the die-hard fans happy and maybe attract a new fan base from the radio rock/pop metal community. Simply put, while In Waves shows another solid effort from Trivium it does not meet the same standards as their last album Shogun.

Album Highlights:
• Watch The World Burn
• Built To Fall
• Drowning In Slow Motion
• A Grey So Dark
• Of All These Yesterdays



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Comments:Add a Comment 
NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2011



6941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Australia release: 5th August(today). This is not of a stream, this is off an album release. I'm aware America gets this on the 9th.

TheSpirit
August 4th 2011



17192 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Honestly never though Trivium would go this route

Digging: vhmnt / blsphm - vhmnt / blsphm

KILL
August 4th 2011



70621 Comments


oh my god

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2011



6941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What do you mean Spirit?

D41V30N
August 4th 2011



949 Comments


First listen left a really bad impression on the album. The drums were simply stale and overly predictable compared to the previous Trivium albums, and they've always been strong in the drum section, I believe. Guitars, as well, I personally didn't find them as intriguing as their previous efforts. The album is VERY repetitive and "radio metal", just as the review said, would be the perfect word to describe it in two words, and that's the particular type of genre I'm not very fond of.
But yes, Heafy was never as good with his vocals as he was in this album. I hated his amateurish vocals, even in Shogun, but it seemingly improved quite much in IW.

psykonaut
August 4th 2011



3913 Comments


ironic that a positive review just convinced me to stay far far away from this album

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2011



6941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sonic brings the hate ; ]

ShinXetsu
August 4th 2011



605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Pretty good review but I don't feel it deserves a 4. It's a solid listen throughout, but that's really all it is. There's nothing exemplary about it that would push it that far up. For me of course.

TheFantasticDangler
August 4th 2011



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Review was solid. But tbh, the albums highlights are absolutely atrocious examples. Dusk Dismantled, A
Skyline's Severence, Of All These Yesterdays, Forsake Not the Dream, Chaos Reigns, and Inception are
definitely of much higher
quality. (I realize you included OATY)

zaruyache
August 4th 2011



5909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

While Trivium have adopted a more radio friendly, pop influenced sound there is no denying that this isn’t a Trivium album.

Bahaha. Gonna hit this up sometime for the lulz.

Digging: Sunwolf - Beholden To Nothing And No One

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2011



6941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Shin, thanks man, i don't expect everyone to agree with me though, but In Waves just doesn't live up to Shogun.

@FantasticDangler, i don't believe its atrocious, it just depends on what you like. Those are the songs i believe are the highlights.



TheFantasticDangler
August 4th 2011



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I really couldn't disagree more. I find the radio rock songs a little too unnatural and cheesy. WtWB and Built to Fall are among my least liked.

CrackeTheSkull
August 4th 2011



718 Comments


The second half of "A Skyline's Severance" does slay pretty fucking hard... I love the circle-pit
intensity of it.

The rest of the album has grown on me to some extent... but it's still hard to escape the fact that
I'm listening to a slightly thrashier version of a Bullet For My Valentine CD.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2011



18066 Comments


Yeah this is most likely horrible.

Also if i were you i'd change that summary, most people probably won't read past that.

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Poet
August 4th 2011



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They really fucked this up.

pjquinones747
August 4th 2011



763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm a fucking MONSTER Trivium fan and this review rapes my ears quite enough. Good review. I pre-ordered the album with the $50 album and am trying intensely not to steal the album online so that my hype can be monstrous when I get the e-mail that has the deluxe edition enclosed (which i'm getting because I ordered the biggest bundle available). I'm gonna be doing a review too but i'll be struggling greatly to not fanboy all over it.

Digging: Wovenwar - Wovenwar

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2011



6941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0



I find the radio rock songs a little too unnatural and cheesy. WtWB and Built to Fall are among my least liked.

Again, it depends on what you listen to and prefer.

Also if i were you i'd change that summary, most people probably won't read past that.

yeah i just noticed, now that it's up there, it looks pretty ridiculus, will do.


ShadowRemains
August 4th 2011



20252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this can't even

CrackeTheSkull
August 4th 2011



718 Comments


Yeah, the only legitimately terrible songs on here are "Built to Fall" and "A Grey So Dark."

And I thought that "Dying in Your Arms" was bad... good lord.

Rev
August 4th 2011



9382 Comments


must resist elephants...


but good review



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