Trivium has a very unidentifiable fanbase.
The first three tracks are very strong but the albums falls off after that and doesn't pick up until "Becoming the Dragon" where it falls once again until the closing track . Very clumsy and awkward throughout, Heafy's vocal delivery has tons of production put on it and doesn't even sound human half the time. The drumming is such a non-instrument in the tracks, I can never remember any of it. The best things about this album are its novelties like the bass solo in "Becoming The Dragon" and the instrumental title track.
Silence in the Snow
The intro and title track are the bait to the rest of the album's switch. While the album starts off sounding larger than life and anthemic its throws that to the dogs right after the title track. The rest of the album's soundscape is pop metal by the numbers, they even got a alternative metal/post-grunge song in there (Until The World Goes Cold). Dull and listless.
The Sin and the Sentence
In a word: ennui.
Solid and Consistent, the album that got me into the band. Trivium change their sound from the distinct and inspired Shogun to a more conventional commericial sound and create a product that is reliable and decent. The record is a fun listen, a great "listen to while you clean up the house" kind of album. Also the drum tone is garbage.
A continuation of the In Waves sound that injects more energy and a sense of confidence into the soundscape. There's more of a looseness to the album's construction that helps it from sounding clinical and allows for it's enjoyable moments to stand out more. Sure its a bit more inelegant than In Waves but its more natural.
Ember to Inferno
A band free from expectation and the hyperbolic statements of publications.
ETI feels adolescent, inexperienced, and driven by the want to replicate that which the band members loved in the music they enjoyed. Whenever I play this album I can hear the Trivium of that time talking about how cool this riff or solo would sound in a song, I can hear them feeling like geniuses when they came up with the idea to make the album's intro track the closing track played in reverse. I hear a charming, nostalgic experience.
Trivium's most calculated and inspired work. I consider the album to be the perfect modern pop metal record - Catchy and clean sounding while being heavy and extravagant. The album plays as very formulated and thought out, like a lot of conscious effort was put into each part of the song to emphasize, compliment, and juxapose other parts. However because of this it is missing some of the naturalness of the first two records
Evokes the same feelings as Ember to Inferno without that album's admittably tired structure. The songs are tighter and more musically diverse while still being consistent in tone and quality. The production is phenomenal. It has my favorite metalcore guitar tone. The drumming has so much "feel", Heafy is giving it his all with his inexperienced vocal preformance, and the guitar solos all seem to have been crafted specifically for the songs they were placed in rather than written earlier and placed in songs that didn't have them. Tasteful and furfilling.