Trivium
In Waves


2.5
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Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (90 Reviews)
August 10th, 2011 | 24 replies | 6,629 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In Waves shows a Trivium that have neither progressed sonically, nor regressed conceptually, no, instead In Waves is Trivium stuck in a storm -- literally it would seem.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

Matt Heafy finally learning to use his pipes properly, the discovery of complementing modest guitar solos, and the possibility of new founded dynamics – it all couldn’t have come at a worse period in time for Trivium. For the countless press releases and teaser samples that have heralded possibly one of this year’s most synthetic hype-trains, these so called impressions of inspiration from both Ascendancy and Shogun are contrived to say the least, nor do they show any discernable deviation from what they’d probably call influence. It’s ironic, but clear that whilst attempting to sound diverse, new and engaging, they’ve ended up sounding replicated from a mould they and their counterparts have trended towards for the past couple of years. This is all made of disappointment because (despite the somewhat unconvincing lyricism) the album’s opener (“In Waves”) is probably one of their best-ever creations. It’s melodically brilliant, vocally sound, and above all, dynamic, something which they’ve struggled to thrive under. But before you turn this into a Frisbee, consider that at least it is far better than what they conjured during The Crusade, and that has to be only a good thing.

With a sound perhaps friendlier to the ear, but certainly still coarse enough for a hardened fan to relish, In Waves relies on a well distributed cluster of good material, subtended by a preponderance of forgettable riffs, and questionable lyrics. Brief flashes of enjoyment do exist. You don’t have to hunt in between the notes either. Songs like “Inception of the End” and “Watch the World Burn” do appear to suggest they’ve been watching too many Christopher Nolan films, but are fairly agreeable affairs in the own right with Heafy commanding his frontman skills. “Caustic Are the Ties that Bind” is a clear winner with a contrasting middle section, similar in tone to the title track. Likewise “Of All These Yesterdays” does away with the lengthy conclusive-instrumental, instead opting for the aforementioned trends. As their interpretation of System of a Down’s “Holy Mountains” crossed with something Metallica made during the 90s, it closes the album better than their previous attempts. But throughout there’s a sad reality; In Waves is as fleeting as The Crusade was, just with a good deal more affability. The elements they introduce aren’t as affixed to one another as well as they could have been, putting the album somewhere in between Shogun and Ascendancy in terms of longevity, and somewhere amid the derivative creations they and Shadows Fall have already churned a million times before.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
taylormemer
August 10th 2011



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yes, I know there's already too many reviews.

Poet
August 10th 2011



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey you knew this didn't need another review right?



Parallels
August 10th 2011



6640 Comments


i want a different review, trivium needs to be negged.

matresses

Crowe
August 10th 2011



435 Comments


This is one of the site's best reviewers. Readers, take heed.

AtavanHalen
August 10th 2011



17927 Comments


lol =(

ShadowRemains
August 10th 2011



20227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i agree with this review

lessermaster
August 10th 2011



85 Comments


Short as fuck review, but well written I guess. Would have liked more analysis, but its nice seeing another non-positive review on here

IAmKickass
August 11th 2011



840 Comments


Why when I downloaded this, I get 19 songs instead of 13? No ideaa.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 11th 2011



6923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

18 is the deluxe edition. Don't know about 19

RavenRock
August 11th 2011



688 Comments


This is so ironic. Here's the irony: when you say the deluxe edition has bonus tracks, it really meant that the OMELETTE DICTATOR HAD HARVESTED YOUR VOWEL FOODS!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

This is amazing this is really really amazing. This is so amazingly amazing that I think I'm amazed

IAmKickass
August 11th 2011



840 Comments


Okay, I miscounted.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011



30863 Comments


Excellent review

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

none
August 11th 2011



1100 Comments


FUCK THIS FUCKING SHIT YOU PRICK EAT A CUNT CHEW ON A DICKHEAD YOU STUPID BITCH HEAD LICK AN ASSHOLE AND A THOUSAND COCKS THEN GET FUCKED BY A NIGAA


speaking from experience i see

Megadeth
August 11th 2011



935 Comments


pretty sure raven is openly fag

taylormemer
August 11th 2011



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Excellent review"
Thanks Chum.

"lol =("
We're closer than you think.

Just for anyone wondering given the brief discussion above - don't bother with the deluxe edition. Save your bandwidth/money/time/effort. It's pointless, drags out the inevitable pitfalls, and also ends the album with a fizzer Sepultura cover instead.

AtavanHalen
August 11th 2011



17927 Comments


We're closer than you think.


Nah I'm awesome

themetalpig
August 11th 2011



37 Comments


Nice little Shadows Fall jibe at the end there...and may I add, justified.

sifFlammable
August 11th 2011



2741 Comments


well written as fuck

ShinobiDaisuke
August 11th 2011



51 Comments


Did you really call the title track "brilliant?" Other than that, great review.

Poet
August 11th 2011



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just for anyone wondering given the brief discussion above - don't bother with the deluxe edition. Save your bandwidth/money/time/effort. It's pointless, drags out the inevitable pitfalls, and also ends the album with a fizzer Sepultura cover instead.


Deluxe edition does have Ensnare the Sun and A Grey So Dark which is like better than everything else on here except maybe two songs.



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