Trivium
The Crusade


1.0
awful

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
October 9th, 2006 | 1220 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wait, what’s going on? Wasn’t Master of Puppets released in 1986? When did Metallica hire a band of teenagers to re-record it? And why did they make the mistake of mixing it with a recent metalcore trend?

Don’t worry. If any of you out there were wondering the same thing while listening to this album, you’re not alone. Trivium has recently gained more fame than any metal band since the nu metal explosion of the mid-1990’s. Ascendancy has been hailed as the greatest the New Wave of American Heavy Metal has to offer, featuring technical thrashcore riffs and solos. All publicity aside, what Ascendancy did well in terms of musicianship it desperately lacked in songwriting. Fast forward one year – Trivium has now released their third album, The Crusade. This album had been even more severely glorified than Ascendancy, boasting an extended instrumental track, full blown thrash riffs, blazing solos, and an overall feel of old school 80’s metal. Now that the time has come for metal fans to decide for themselves, does the music stand up to the advertising?

In short, the media could not have been more wrong.

Trivium is notorious for being some of the biggest Metallica fans in the world. That influence has been evident in the past, but with The Crusade, the band decided to really write music in the vein of the music they love the most. While Metallica has undeniably influenced countless bands across the world, Trivium really takes it to a new level. The most drastic change to the Trivium sound is the vocal performance. Instead of the high, raspy scream Matt Heafy had used for years, he now utilizes an unpolished singing style, much like – you guessed it – James Hetfield. However, instead of singing in a manner similar to Hetfield, Heafy crossed the line and is now up to his eyeballs in fanboyism. All throughout The Crusade he sounds like a teen who has never heard any metal besides Metallica and American metalcore. The result is a rough Hetfield shout mixed with clean metalcore vocals.

Unfortunately for Trivium, this tendency to mimic their beloved Metallica has infected far more than the vocals. Their third album is a buffet of 80’s thrash (influenced – note that the music is far from real thrash) riffs raped with America’s metalcore plague. The first half of Detonation is easily one of the most blatant Metallica knockoffs In existence, landing only a few notes short of a complete cover song with an altered title. The remaining half is the same emotional metalcore that they have never exactly “excelled” in. Becoming the Dragon isn’t far off, as it strongly represents a sped up version of For Whom the Bell Tolls, the only differences being the presence of over exaggerated breakdowns and a severe lack of originality. Contempt Breeds Contamination proves that Trivium occasionally doesn’t even have the sense to pilfer Metallica’s best material, as it wouldn’t sound out of place at all in the middle of St. Anger. It’s almost surprising that Heafy didn’t break into a line about “The Crusade is ‘round my neck”.

Furthermore, when Trivium isn’t lifting Battery from it’s comfortable place in metal history, they’re writing songs that aren’t metal at all. Of course, there is still an extreme amount of generic metalcore present. Entrance of the Conflagration makes one wonder how this band could possibly be signed, let alone praised. It is one of the most cheesy, derivative songs ever written, from the opening choral “ooooohs” to the generic title shouting during the chorus. Many of the album’s songs including Ignition, Detonation, Anthem, and countless others feature redundant metalcore breaks toward the end. What really baffles the mind is why they would include songs like And Sadness Will Seer, a horrid attempt at sorrowful aggression that comes out as a pure nu metal song, complete with low talking/whispering and effortless riffs. It only gets worse with This World Can’t Tear Us Apart, which boils down to a Celine Dion hit single with excessive distorted palm muting. That quality is only accented by The Rising, where even the title confirms that it’s merely a rebellious 80’s rock song written for disgruntled teenagers.

The Crusade runs invariably dry on memorable content just as quickly as the album starts. The only songs that actually stick out for positive reasons are To the Rats and Tread the Floods, both of which feature sufficiently interesting riffs. That is, until once again, the music is flooded with derivative Metallca riffs and melodies, so much so that the listener is virtually beaten aurally until the decent riffs are completely forgotten. Wrapping up this inconsistent package of an album is The Crusade, the album’s eight minute instrumental title track. It almost sounds as if Trivium was desperate to write a long instrumental song, as The Crusade features dozens of completely unrelated riffs thrown together in a rather haphazard manner, including several lackluster power metal melodies and attempts at writing polyrhythmic guitar riffs. While some sections sound intriguing, the full song drones on far too long as a pretentious showing of otherwise pitiable music. Although Matt Heafy was quoted pre-release saying the album contained “11 ridiculously technical thrash songs”, the music is hardly thrash metal at all, nor is it particularly technical.

Looking back, the name “Metallica” was used almost as often as the name “Trivium”. It’s no surprise, considering that The Crusade is merely a Metallica album laden with blankets of sub par American metalcore. As the music ranges from derivative to cheesy to completely laughable, it’s almost sad to look at Trivium. Ascendancy showed a lack of songwriting ability but a great potential to play good music and was even enjoyable at times; The Crusade is Trivium’s way of throwing all of that potential into the nearest incinerator. The bottom line is that this is not what heavy metal is. Metal was a genre built on people who didn’t want to follow current trends, they wanted to break away and do what they love, even if no one looked twice at their music.

Looking at The Crusade, Trivium is doing just the opposite.

Pros:
- Catchiness

Cons:
- A blatant Metallica clone
- A complete lack of originality coupled with some horrid attempts at technicality and emotion
- Heafy’s vocals are worse than ever
- Solos are no longer a redeeming factor
- Hyped as genuine technical thrash metal, yet obviously not thrash metal (metal purists may be angered)
- The album is nearly an hour long

Recommended tracks:
- Unrepentant
- To the Rats
- Tread the Floods



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    Locrian (1.5)
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    Kronzo (3)
    Trivium has managed to make a solid release here with some wild solos. But some "expirime...

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    ForcedIn (3)
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    SadlyMisinformed (3)
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    Drunken Viking (1)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yessss at 12:01 on the release date.
I had a much longer comment for this before. Basically you place too much of this on it being metalcore or some such rubbish. I dont remember my point was far more articulated earlier.This Message Edited On 10.10.06

Intransit
October 9th 2006


2797 Comments


this band is horriffic, and this album is no different. Solid work

Shadows
Moderator
October 9th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=Iluvator]Basically you place too much of this on it being metalcore or some such rubbish.[/QUOTE]
I'd say I place too much of it as being a Metallica ripoff than anything. But as far as that goes, it's just an opinion that has been aggrivated.

ToWhatEnd
October 9th 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha, nice I have no interest of buying this so hopefully I can score a free copy from my connection. Great review, hope the fan boys don't go to town negging this one. Good call with the end note. :thumb:

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You also had too many reccomended tracks. I had the pleasure of listening to this on I believe saturday night. Yeah.

Steerpike
October 9th 2006


1861 Comments


Given that I loathe Metallica with the heat of a thousand suns, I'll probably want to avoid this album like the three-year-old cottage cheese in the back of the fridge.

Shadows
Moderator
October 9th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Well, things seem to be starting off very smoothgly. I thank you all very much for that.

[QUOTE=ToWhatEnd]Great review, hope the fan boys don't go to town negging this one.[/QUOTE]
I'm sure they will, unfortunately. I'm rather proud of this review even though I know most will diagree with it.

[QUOTE=Iluvator]You also had too many reccomended tracks. I had the pleasure of listening to this on I believe saturday night. Yeah. [/QUOTE]
I recommend an amount tracks that is somewhat proportionate to the entire length of the album. Those were the three best.

ToWhatEnd
October 9th 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

That is a crap load of tracks, I'm sure for the next Metallica err...Trivium CD there will be no more than 8, than it will be real "old school"

Phil
October 9th 2006


1473 Comments


This was a bloody good review. I very much doubt I will hear this.

TurnTheOtherWay
October 9th 2006


459 Comments


My friend (and Trivium fanboyx1000) is convinced that this is gonna be the greatest album ever. Yeah...

[quote=Steerpike]Given that I loathe Metallica with the heat of a thousand suns, I'll probably want to avoid this album like the three-year-old cottage cheese in the back of the fridge.[/quote]
123, and I didn't like Ascendancy too much. Add that to this excellent review and the album isn't looking too promising right about now. I'm looking forward to this being shoved down my throat. This Message Edited On 10.10.06

rockfan
October 10th 2006


38 Comments


Haven't heard it yet but i don't mind the last album, even though there is better metalcore out there. Well it sounds crap but at least it has cool artwork!!

rockfan
October 10th 2006


38 Comments


Haven't heard it yet but i don't mind the last album, even though there is better metalcore out there. Well it sounds crap but at least it has cool artwork!!

loathed
October 10th 2006


174 Comments


Good review...i dont think i will be getting this...

I dont like the idea of a metallica clone, even though im dont even listen to metallica.

Zmev
October 10th 2006


983 Comments


Wait so this album was submitted at 12:01 on the release date.

So its pretty clear you didnt actually buy this..

Drunken Viking
October 10th 2006


1023 Comments


Point being?

ToWhatEnd
October 10th 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Don't worry, I'm sure he will buy it seeing as how much he enjoyed their unique sound that is bringing thrash back to the roots. DRRRR thanks for playing!

Tyler
Emeritus
October 10th 2006


7926 Comments


Terrible band, worse album, incredible review.

Raiven
October 10th 2006


37 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thank god.

No seriously, I thought I was going to be the only one who thought this was a smack in the face and a HUGE regression.

There is a reason why the Thrash-era should be left to the big four and noone else, and this album proves it.

Just terrible.

Good review though.

Zmev
October 10th 2006


983 Comments


Don't worry, I'm sure he will buy it seeing as how much he enjoyed their unique sound that is bringing thrash back to the roots. DRRRR thanks for playing!


yeah because trivium is on my favorite bands list good observation thanks for posting :thumb::thumb:

6stringtaffer
October 10th 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

God this album is horrible. Solid review though.



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