THERE IS NOTHING GOOD IN THIS REVIEW. IF IT CAN BE REMOVED PLEASE SOMEONE REMOVE IT.
Ascendancy is a fun listen, it has dual guitars parts, harmonizing, awesome solo's, original riffs and there own sound, and amazing chorus's. This album always has me singing along, or air guitaring. The one thing that may bring this album down is the vocals,m mostly the clean singing. Something about them just sounds off kind of wrong. I can't really Describe it, but the vocals grew on me over time.
It starts out with The End Of Everything, which is just a pointless intro that you will skip ALL the time or only listen to it five times(In your whole life). I will say it sounds really dark and classical like but nothing special. The album really starts with Rain, and its one of the best on this album, and is one of my favorite Trivium songs.
If you listen to Ember to Inferno and listen to this album or just the very first song Rain you can already tell that they have stepped there game up. The song writing and riffs have improved, so has the guitar tone(Which is pretty damn great). But it also seems like the bass is even lower than Ember To Inferno, Ember actually had parts where the bass could be heard clearly. Buts its not to low to make the album any worse.
After Rain you get Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr which is another one of the greater songs, the riffs are catchy and fun. Drowned And Torn Asunder and Ascendancy are also fun to listen to, maybe not as great as others but the chorus's are badass. While this album kind of follows a formula and most of the songs don't really stand out. There are still songs that do like Departure which has a clean guitar verse in it, and when the second part of the song starts it turns really Thrashy and does not even sound like the same song.
With the special edition you get the songs Blinding Tears Will Break the Skies and Washing Away Me in the Tides. Washing Away Me in the Tides is not that great. But Blinding Tears is actually one of the best songs on this album, it should have been on the album replacing Departure or Dying In Your Arms.
Speaking of Dying In Your arms. Its another song that stands out, its similar to there newer song A Grey So Dark. Its more radio friendly. It doesn't even really sound like Trivium, but its still a good song.
While it did take a little bit of time to have the album grow on me,its still one of the best albums i have heard. This album also beats The Crusade big time. If you have not yet listened to this album i recommend you do. But if you want to get into Trivium i would go listen to Shogun or In Waves then come back to this album.
2. Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr
4. A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation
5. The Deceived