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Trivium Ranked (2021)

I don't usually include my ratings amongst the ranking, since they are more subjectively derived based on fluctuating factors, but did with this to sort of indicate the range and spectrum a single band can have.


The album that was all the rage upon release among the metalcore teens. I personally feel the highs on this (which imo are many) just haven't been reached on any subsequent material. Structurally it's repetitive, but not enough so that I ever want to stop listening to it. It's a total half and half mix of being both derivative and new and somehow it still maintains that ratio to this day. Bonus tracks are dope as well. I see why they diverged from this but really, a little more consistency in their discog would have helped the band's trajectory in achieving more of what was "promised" from this release in later material. It's like the strengths in this became weaknesses later on. Idk, Trivium are weird.


Yeah it's got the instrumental dexterity and diversity that shows moreso how the songwriting of Ascendancy appears glaringly redundant, but really there's still something about each track retaining the same template so it's like a give and take. Thing is, I'll probably always wouldn't mind listening to Ascendancy in one go, but I don't really listen to this album all the way through. I usually just cycle through a different set of five tracks and basically switch to something else, even though just about everything here is really solid. I can definitely see why it's a favorite and high mark among many.
Ember to Inferno


I might slightly overrate this but it's because I've always liked it. It's like Ascendancy's little bro. Quite a handful of tracks here that I still return to. And I have no problem giving the whole thing a listen to either, when/if it's needed.
What the Dead Men Say


First time I was reminded this was the band that wrote Ember. Probably something only I would understand but w/e.
In the Court of the Dragon


Pretty good. I see the talk of it harkening back to Shogun and I understand it. I really like some tracks on this (Sword, No Way Back, Phalanx), but the whole thing isn't a total sweep me off my feet affair. Certainly a worthy output however.
The Crusade


I honestly was expecting to have this higher (like 4th) because I really do like this record. I was totally fine with the switchup from Ascendancy when it came out because to me it still ripped. I think there's like two or three throwaway tracks for me, and the rest are fine. I get it if people don't like it, but I don't know why it's this popular thing to hate.
In Waves


There's just, so many songs. Some good to decent ones, every couple or so, but there's just too much that overfills the album and takes away from any of the good.
Vengeance Falls


My relisten bumped this up above Silence.
The Sin and the Sentence


One of those that the hype of the record honestly reluctantly made me return to the band, and I just wasn't pleased. If I need to revisit this accordingly, let me know. I just remember really wanting it to end.
Silence in the Snow


Currently giving this a relisten. Not giving me any smiles or anything.
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