Trivium
In Waves


2.0
poor

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
August 5th, 2011 | 93 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trivium, you are a fan's worst nightmare, really...

Personally I have always been a fan of Trivium; getting into them during my early teen years of reading Metal Hammer and other mainstream metal publications, I was one of those morons that really thought Trivium would be the next big thing. After the awesome Ascendency I believed -- only to have my hopes crushed by the kiddie thrash mayhem of The Crusade, an album that failed on almost all fronts. Shogun once again got my hopes up; a huge step up from their previous effort, it seemed Trivium had once again regained their spark, igniting one hell of an album that featured as many twists and wonderful turns that any fan could ask for. It was in this approach that I once again put my faith in Trivium -- only to once again, face bitter disappoint in 2011's In Waves, Trivium's most conventional album to date, a fact that endlessly keeps the band from creating something of true value and worth.

In Waves shows Trivium ditching their thrashing ambitions and adopting a more traditional melodic metalcore approach akin to a band like All That Remains. Stripped down into their barest forms, Trivium has pulled a complete turn-around from the adventurous musical pieces of 2008's storming Shogun, instead opting for a more streamlined, pseudo pop-influenced approach, one that unfortunately more so highlights the now veteran group's inconsistencies rather then their strengths. One such example is a glaring element that has always somewhat hindered Trivium in previous endeavors -- while Matt Heafy has certainly improved his overall delivery of vocals (his cleans sound much more organic and his usual overbearing bark has been restrained to an extent, giving it a less forced feel as well) but as always has trouble replicating consistently successful vocal melodies. Getting passed the ridiculous intro of title track "In Waves" at least reveals the capability to create a catchy, perfectly layered vocal melody but sadly this is a sparse occurrence; Heafy and his cohorts often fail to create that lasting harmony, coming up instead with grating verses and despicable choruses.

On the music front, Trivium hasn't sounded this uninspired since their debut Ember to Inferno -- whereas Trivium's last few albums at least saw them trying to outdo themselves, it seems complacency has finally taken hold of this Floridian quartet, creating an album full of boring and lazy musical passages. It's hard to keep count of how many times the band defers back to basic melodic metalcore instrumentation ("A Skyline's Severance", "Caustic Are The Ties That Bind", etc...) truly abandoning all the ambition they showed with Shogun. One place where the band thankfully avoided a misstep was their use of guitar solos; while Heafy's and Beaulieu's furious shred as definitely been tempered to match their current music style, the more restrained solos actually compliment the songs more than hinder them. While not often, Trivium does at times manage to create some cool passages; "Drowning In Slow Motion" boosts a furious slew of riffs reminiscent of Unearth and "Of All These Yesterdays" manages to become the first successful in the band's discography, utilizing a blusey acoustic verse and an uplifting octave lead chorus.

In an obvious attempt to gain more mainstream exposure, Trivium has sure screwed the pooch this time. Throwing away essentially everything that made the band likable in the first place, In Waves sees Trivium reduced to your any other metalcore band. The lesson learned after listening to In Waves? Consistency will probably never prove to be one of Trivium's strong-points. As a band that to this very day have not a damn clue about what the hell kind of music they want to play, Trivium's apparently inescapable insecurity is something that will forever forbid them creating a truly great and cohesive album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSpirit
August 5th 2011


17833 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

A pretty quick write-up, let me know of your thoughts, opinions and critiques of course.

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KILL
August 5th 2011


71795 Comments


yea this band is gay

i think ember to inferno is their best shit

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2011


18475 Comments


In an obvious to gain more mainstream exposure,


Missing a word?

Also, pos, i will never listen to this because this band is terrible.

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Relinquished
August 5th 2011


25054 Comments


apostrophe

in summary plz



Ire
August 5th 2011


41780 Comments


Ascendency and [/i]Shogun[/i] a lesson learned from this album...

KILL
August 5th 2011


71795 Comments


umm this is metal who gives a fuck about spelling and shit just have a good time and rock

TheSpirit
August 5th 2011


17833 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh jeez error citayyyy

Carnifex
August 5th 2011


1918 Comments


Good review, sounds about right.

psykonaut
August 5th 2011


3913 Comments


this isn't metal this is faggotry

R6Rider
August 5th 2011


4614 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

absolutely

KILL
August 5th 2011


71795 Comments


dude its still metal you gota respect that they are at least trying to be good

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2011


18475 Comments


Yeah if this is metal someone please kill me.

KILL
August 5th 2011


71795 Comments


ok its indie pop

TheSpirit
August 5th 2011


17833 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah this is very indie m/

KILL
August 5th 2011


71795 Comments


like theres one song on ember i cant remember which but its like DDNDNDN and its a pretty cool riff

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2011


8820 Comments


this review's probably the more trustworthy one, you rule spirit! :]

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TheSpirit
August 5th 2011


17833 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thanks noctus!

FearThyEvil
August 5th 2011


12545 Comments


Finally a negative review for this album. Good job Spirit!

TheSpirit
August 6th 2011


17833 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thank you thank you

ShinXetsu
August 6th 2011


605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"It really is unfortunate too, as a band that twice showed the potential to really create something
special (Ascendency and Shogun), one lesson to be learned from this album is that consistency will
probably never prove to be one of Trivium's strong-points..."

This whole part reads kind of awkwardly. I'd ditch the comma before the one, make that the start of
another sentence, and just reword the passage I quoted before it to sort of make it flow better.

Pretty sweet review nonetheless, This is how I feel about the album except with more indifference than
disappointment.



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