Trivium
The Sin and the Sentence


3.5
great

Review

by linguist2011 CONTRIBUTOR (252 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2017 | 572 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A revitalized Trivium, which means a (once again) promising future for the band.

I don't know how exactly Trivium went from being hailed as "the next Metallica" to being widely ridiculed for marking themselves as David Draiman's pet project, but what I do know is that this band have gone through a lot of phases, if you will. They've gone through faltering footsteps with Embers to Inferno, been hailed as metal's saving grace at the infamous Download festival appearance over a decade ago, embarked on voyages into more progressive musical territory (Shogun) and garnered attention-for better or worse-from the wide-eyed elitist basement-dwellers as they were announced as Bloodstock's headliner a few years ago. Since then, it seems Trivium have only been known for offering monotony where there should have been motivation to release something truly outstanding.

So, as new album The Sin and the Sentence has just been released, it would be fair to ask whether or not Trivium have finally arrived at the point in their career where the words "make or break" come to mind before anything else. Vocalist Matt Heafy himself recently revealed that a sheer lack of his harsh vocals (no thanks to almost losing his voice three years ago at Rock on the Range festivalin Columbus, Ohio) was the reason why the last few Trivium records felt so uninspired. Thankfully, listening to the title track of The Sin and the Sentence will quash thoughts that the band have merely given up. With its steady, groove-inflected delivery and Heafy's versatile vocal delivery, the song not only gives the impression of a band refreshed and ready to take on the world (again), but it also provides comfort for those who were frightened that the so-called "next Metallica" was a flash in the pan. You only need to listen to the blackened fury of "Betrayer", the progressive, almost grandiose "The Revanchist" or the grittier "The Wretchedness Inside" to understand that Trivium have, in a matter of months, turned themselves into promising firebrands of the metal world once again. Aside from the obvious improvement in the vocal department, the songwriting has also evidently matured, and because of that proves to be a positive boon. This is probably why near enough every song lasts five minutes or longer, because the ideas feel fully fleshed out and it's clear that Trivium never seem to rush in their collective delivery.

There's a couple of songs which unfortunately render Trivium as a band still making missteps. "The Heart from Your Hate" clearly revels in its melodic atmosphere, but it never quite makes up for that with a real punch into more aggressive territory, so what we're essentially left with is the band making a ballad for the sake of it. The same can be said for "Endless Nights", which turns out to be a note-perfect clone of Ascendancy's "Dying in your Arms". Only here the impression given is a lot more uninspired and a lot less accessible. Elsewhere however, this sense of inviting melody and harmony into an otherwise solidly aggressive musical display really works. It helps the level of versatility in songs such as "Other Worlds" and "Beauty in the Sorrow", where Heafy time and again proves his voice hasn't quite dropped in terms of quality and energy. Instead, the majority of the musicianship on The Sin and the Sentence seems to revel in its near flawless balance between the harshest, most ferocious performance the band have to offer and a well mixed, well refined sense of harmony. This in turn results in clinical, precise songwriting, even if it's not particularly spectacular to all who lend an ear.

The Sin and the Sentence could very possible be the start of a new era for Trivium. Not only because Heafy's vocals have improved dramatically, but also due to the fact that the band seem more organized and generally happier to be writing music and knowing that their musical ideas work well. Whether or not you can listen to this album without constantly comparing it to Ascendancy or Shogun is entirtely up to you, but if anything, The Sin and the Sentence proves that Trivium still have what it takes to be at the top of the modern metal tree.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2017


2431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

c/c welcome as always. If there's any mistakes, my apologies, for my consistency for writing reviews on this site is all over the place.

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LethalPaintball
October 22nd 2017


716 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

why do nearly all the users 5ing this look like alts

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Ikarus14
October 22nd 2017


977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'd say 'Endless Nights' felt more akin to 'This World Can't Tear Us Apart'. Well written review overall. It hits my thoughts pretty perfect.

YAAAOOO
October 22nd 2017


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

The review was a great meditative read. I'm happy that the first review for the album wasn't a 5, that may of spurred a contrarian brigade to destroy the hype train the album has by giving it an undeserved 1.



Its difficult to not compare this album with the others in their discog. While comparing it may take focus away from the records individual merits there is still value in putting the record in perspective with the rest of them.

ExhaleTheLight
October 22nd 2017


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Will you bless us with your mysterious ways?

ExhaleTheLight
October 22nd 2017


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Honestly thought The Heart from Your Hate was going to be the worst song. That's until I heard Beauty in the Sorrow. Makes me appreciate HFYH even more

Rowhaus
October 22nd 2017


822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review bud. I loved this record a lot more than I thought I would.

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EvoHavok
October 22nd 2017


7238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great read. I dug this more than expected and I've always been fine with Trivium.

Toondude10
October 22nd 2017


11613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their best since In Waves, maybe even better in certain areas. The last two songs are awesome.

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frozencarl
October 22nd 2017


266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

better than in waves for sure

wy2sl0
October 22nd 2017


26 Comments


Awwww man, stoked to listen to this! Saw them twice in Montreal and they put on a terrific show.

ChaoticVortex
October 22nd 2017


496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was always fine with Trivium, hell I dug several of their albums almost as much as any other metal bands. And I have to say, this the best they've sounded since Shogun. They took the little what worked in the last two records and combined it with the old school Trivium, the results are very satisfying.

LethalPaintball
October 22nd 2017


716 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i didn't like it at all really

maybe im a dumb pleb but it just sounds as mediocre as the rest of their discog

bgillesp
October 22nd 2017


2007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Even if the 5s are alts, they aren't from the same person because they have wildly different rating patterns. I checked into a few before I listened when I first saw the average

InFlamesWeThrash666
October 22nd 2017


6992 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This sounds heavier than their last two so it rules

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LethalPaintball
October 22nd 2017


716 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

its either alts or trivium fans flocking to this site to rate and then dip forever

YAAAOOO
October 22nd 2017


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I don't particularly enjoy the record its kinda sterile sounding, but I feel it has more merit in what it presents comparatively to Silence In The Snow.

Rowhaus
October 22nd 2017


822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thrown into the Fire is such a jam

Toondude10
October 22nd 2017


11613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"its either alts or trivium fans flocking to this site to rate and then dip forever"



geez are you THAT offended by the average?

LethalPaintball
October 22nd 2017


716 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

no just incredibly confused



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