Trivium
In Waves


4.0
excellent

Review

by P.J. Quinones USER (35 Reviews)
August 9th, 2011 | 18 replies | 5,261 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trivium seems to finally break out of their old mold, and into their own unique spot in the mainstream.

Trivium has been a band forever held in the shadow of the never ending comparisons to Metallica. While some called them the NEW Metallica, holding no ill will, older rockers dub them a Metallica rip off that will never live up to what they attempt. They can’t be a better Metallica, we’ve known this for 8 years now. But they have become a great presence in the metal world as Trivium, with album number 5; In Waves.

This album is blatantly less complex instrumentally, while still very effectively mixing the styles from their more favorable albums (Ascendancy & Shogun). Another very notable difference is the drastic improvement in clean vocals by Matt Heafy, utilizing more smooth clean vocals and better flow in coarse singing. The screaming has improved as well, using more ranges bellowing lows and improved clarity.

The guitar performance is where the mainstream took it’s biggest effect, using more generic melodies, and simpler choruses. For Trivium, it’s nothing but good due to the fact that the previous releases were heavily reliant on showing the band’s instrumental prowess. In interviews Trivium discussed this precise subject and how they’d be focusing more on the matter of the song, and not the instruments included. The bass performance was average by Paolo’s standards, which is above average at the least. Since Shogun, Trivium has switched drummers for Nick Augusto (formerly of speed metal band, Maruta). His job on the album was remarkable, considering the expectations after the release of Shattering the Skies Above in February of 2010. The fills are unique, his transitions are crisp, and he doesn’t overdo drum parts nearly at all.

In full, the album stays interesting, with a healthy mix of light tracks, heavy tracks, & ones that find their way in between. They’re so unique and different that a fan might say In Waves is a lighter turn for Trivium and a heavier one all the same. It calms and surprises the listener with interesting melodies and suitable clean vocals, and enhances them with epic breakdowns and commanding screams. In Waves came out immediately with an original copy and a deluxe, with the deluxe including 5 (essentially 2 full new) bonus tracks. In the deluxe edition, there are 3 all instrumental tracks, all timing less than 2 minutes. Most bands don’t do a good job of keeping these interesting, but each of them finds its unique place in the album and they are interesting at the least.

Lyrically, Trivium gave no details on specifically what the album is about. Speaking of their wishes for the fan to depict the album art, music, lyrics, and feel all individually to have their own definition and thoughts on the album. But it a literal sense, the lyrics were simplified. They dropped the stories of mythical creatures told in Greek & Japanese tales of war & gods, and also abandoned the tragedies spoken of in The Crusade. Not even the essential theme of Ascendancy or Ember to Inferno. It really IS another new thing for Trivium, and leaves you to wonder, as it was the purpose.

Overall, Trivium does themselves well by relinquishing complete individuality for a powerful mix that will be sure to make them more noticed to all kinds of metal fans. By improving the vocals and not overpowering nor lacking intensity where due, and mediating the instrumental performance on all cylinders, Trivium puts out an album worth not only the time of their fans, but worth a listen by a wider amount of metal fans from many spectrums.

Clean Vocals (Matt Heafy): 9/10
Screamed Vocals (Matt Heafy): 9/10
Guitars (Matt Heafy & Corey Beaulieu): 9/10
Bass (Paolo Gregoletto): 8/10
Drums (Nick Augusto): 8.5/10

Recommended Tracks: In Waves, Dusk Dismantled, Watch the World Burn, Black, Caustic Are The Ties That Bind, Forsake Not The Dream, A Grey So Dark, & Of All These Yesterdays



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IAmKickass
August 9th 2011


840 Comments


Reading that, "This album has a blatant influence of more poppy/mainstream metal", makes me not want to listen to this.

pjquinones747
August 9th 2011


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I should change that...it's worth a listen but compared to other Trivium albums, the clean vocals sound FAR more focused and the instrumental work on IW isn't all about "lets show them how good we are at what we do" as opposed to Shogun & The Crusade in particular.

Digging: GWAR - War Party

IAmKickass
August 9th 2011


840 Comments


Despite that comment I'm still going to check this out. Heard pretty good things thus far, might be worth some Ipod space.

pjquinones747
August 9th 2011


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I changed it, and if you like past Trivium you'll like this. It's fact that Matt Heafy really did work
on his clean singing. It shows.

IAmKickass
August 9th 2011


840 Comments


Despite that comment I'm still going to check this out. Heard pretty good things thus far, might be worth some Ipod space.

IAmKickass
August 9th 2011


840 Comments


Sorry for that double post.

pjquinones747
August 9th 2011


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No biggie. Post again once you've listened through. Pay attention to my recommended tracks.

IAmKickass
August 9th 2011


840 Comments


I'll shoot you a profile comment, pos'd.

pjquinones747
August 9th 2011


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks!

FearThyEvil
August 9th 2011


12545 Comments


Why is this album getting such positive reviews? Thank God for Spirit at this point.

pjquinones747
August 9th 2011


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably because Trivium changed their style which more or less appeals to a bigger part of the metal fandom.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 10th 2011


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Trivium changed their style which more or less appeals to a bigger part of the metal fandom.

Still, really does nothing for the hate that circles the band. This album isn't about to change minds.


pjquinones747
August 10th 2011


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The hate won't go away, it's a fact. But they'll be able to get more fans with this release than that of their previous releases. It's a different style mixed with their preceding styles which I feel is VERY well done.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 10th 2011


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's a different style mixed with their preceding styles which I feel is VERY well done.

Don't get me wrong i like the album, but i can definitely see where this level of indifference or even hate comes from. The only niche's that In Waves could attract comes from the mainstream genres and sub-genres.

pjquinones747
August 10th 2011


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree. I've heard a huge share of the hate, being a fan since ETI. But the difference in sound will do them well in getting those mainstream fans.

ShovelThrash
August 11th 2011


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review - good job! :-)

pjquinones747
August 11th 2011


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks a ton!

JokineAugustus
January 13th 2012


6023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very well written review. Pretty good album, not quite as amazing as Shogun and Ascendancy were to me.

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