Trivium
Silence in the Snow


2.0
poor

Review

by TheSpirit CONTRIBUTOR (135 Reviews)
October 4th, 2015 | 62 replies


Release Date: 10/02/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: trivial

In a recent interview with Steroboard, Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu took to defending the band's "newfound" melodic approach on their most recent album, Silence in the Snow. "We've done screaming on every record and we don't want to write the same thing over and over again," he says. "When I think 'heavy,' it's not all about tuning down and screaming gutturally. That's one type of heavy." Though this point is redundant, he's not wrong; plenty of bands have gone throughout the years with nary a scream and remained undeniably "heavy". However, I very much believe he missed the point of the recent criticisms levied against the band. The screamed vocals aren't missed because of any lack of heaviness - there is still plenty of that here - but because vocalist Matt Heafy's clean singing has always been inconsistent at best.

Trivium has always been a band insecure with their sound and status in the metal community. After the enormously positive response to their sophomore album Ascendancy, the group made the infamous decision to ditch their metalcore sound in favor of forging the thrashing disaster that became The Crusade. Failing to meet expectations both critically and commercially, Trivium's fourth album Shogun was a surprisingly excellent return to form. It captured the brutality of their earlier years while remaining ambitious, pushing Trivium to finally create a sound that they could proudly call their own. However, this is where things started to go wrong; though Shogun was hailed by fans and critics alike, sales didn't reflect this success. That brings us to In Waves, the band's decision to make clean vocals a full-time priority, and the root of the issues that follow Trivium to this day.

Continuing the trend of their previous two efforts, Silence in the Snow sees Trivium trading in their artistic ambitions for pursuit of commercial success. The switch in vocals are a symptom of this change and the genesis for the myriad of other problems that now plague the band. Simply put, Heafy is not a good singer. He just can't create enough memorable hooks to sustain a full album's worth of material. As always he has his moments; namely the album's first two singles. Both "Silence In The Snow" and "Blind Leading The Blind" are excellent tunes, capitalizing on powerful, soaring choruses that successfully embody all of what Trivium aim to achieve with their simplified, mainstream-catering approach. Unfortunately, the rest of the tracks don't quite live up this standard. Songs like "The Thing That's Killing Me" suffer from a pitchy performance, and "Rise Above The Tides" is just irredeemably nasal. Though the screaming of past albums may have been used solely as a crutch, it worked; without them Heafy spreads himself too thin, coming up with melodies that are weak and generally unrecognizable from each other.

Now as a more vocally dominated band, the instrumental work has also taken a noticeable dip in quality. There's nothing inherently wrong with crafting your music around singing, but in this case, Trivium have failed. Simplifying their technical talent under the lazy of guise of attempting a "classic metal" approach, the majority of the songwriting here is defined by insipid breakdowns a la "In Waves" ("Dead and Gone"), simplistic chugging, and harmonized leads. Though the latter is actually quite good most of the time - the opening of "Pull Me From the Void" being the best example- the rest sounds confused and incohesive. By poorly bridging the modern and classic metal scenes in their attempt to gain mainstream success through creating a nostalgic sound, they have completely lost their identity, joining the wave of bands who have fallen into the same trap. The only redeeming factor musically is their lead/solo work, which is just as exciting as ever. In songs like the aforementioned "Pull Me From The Void" and "Breathe In The Flames" Heafy and Beaulieu's tastefully flashy solo work prove they can still shred with the best of them.

As a longtime fan of Trivium, what disappoints me most about Silence in the Snow is not the lack of heaviness that appeared throughout their past, but rather their inability to successfully shift their sound towards something new that could compensate for its loss. Likewise, I'm not upset they would pursue more commercial recognition, but just how poorly they did it. What previously made Trivium great wasn't their heaviness, but the blend of classic and modern metal tendencies that came naturally when they weren't aiming to please a greater audience, and played to pushed themselves further. Then, their balance of the two was perfect. With Silence in the Snow Trivium have succumbed to overthinking, allowing aspirations of mainstream acceptance to strangle their creativity and create their most disappointing album yet. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2015


21996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I really wish this had been better :[

Ebola
October 4th 2015


2867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Disagree, but great review. Pos

EvoHavok
October 4th 2015


7228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

About time a negative review of this popped up. Nice read, Brandon!

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2015


21996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks guys, I appreciate it :]

JWT155
October 5th 2015


13599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is their most conservative/uninteresting release yet. Excellent review.

Somulo
October 5th 2015


5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

album is trash and crap, they lose travis smith (they drummer) like they lose all the band, for real, sometime i have paranoia - what travis really make shogun/ascendancy by himself lol LMAO, also see this video - Silence in the Snow - w t f is this mtv shit do with my good old trivium. matt k. heafy WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE BAND MAN, WATTA THE HELL HELLO?!?!?





4.0 - really?? dear god..if i have right to rate it like 0.0 il do it certainly!

DinosaurJones
October 5th 2015


6177 Comments


...what?

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2015


21996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nobody on this page gave it a four

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2015


21996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Also, thanks JWT :]

InFlamesWeThrash666
October 5th 2015


6972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album is trash and crap, they lose travis smith (they drummer) like they lose all the band, for real, sometime i have paranoia - what travis really make shogun/ascendancy by himself lol LMAO, also see this video - Silence in the Snow - w t f is this mtv shit do with my good old trivium. matt k. heafy WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE BAND MAN, WATTA THE HELL HELLO?!?!?



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2015


21996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Agreeed

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 5th 2015


25033 Comments


Now that's the spirit

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2015


21996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Awww yah. What did you think of the review Sowing?

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 6th 2015


25033 Comments


Review is really good, but as for whether or not I agree I can't say...haven't listened to this yet.

Somulo
October 6th 2015


5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

review is most obviously best on this site. about this album ofc





TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2015


21996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

d'aw thanks guys :]

Toondude10
February 13th 2016


11598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

damn, now that this is a contributor review people are going to be convinced this is a piece of shit, which it isn't.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2016


21996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It has a few good songs if that means anything. And hey you rated it a three, you can't think it's THAT great ;]

Toondude10
February 13th 2016


11598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

eh point. Not that much replay value to it, but I do keep going back to the t/t every so often. I still say that Trivium isn't dead, at least not yet. Hopefully the new drummer will help put some life back into this band.

Ebola
April 10th 2016


2867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If they replaced the 2 weakest songs with the bonus tracks, this would be at least a 3.5. Those songs are sick



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