Trivium
The Sin and the Sentence


1.5
very poor

Review

by Bloon CONTRIBUTOR (80 Reviews)
November 15th, 2017 | 226 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I condemn you because I understand you too well.

The first song on this album, the title track, has a line that boldly exclaims that “You condemn me because you don’t understand me.” This contrived line foreshadows what will follow on this 57 minute long record with an unfortunate clarity. That short, albeit unbelievably stupid, sentence is disgustingly prophetic of what is to come. The agonizing lack of self awareness shines through the empowering statements of The Sin and The Sentence, pulling back the metaphorical curtain, revealing a limp and flaccid message of bravery that is as hollow as the pseudo-heavy tone used in the production and as empty as the melodramatic and vapid songwriting and performances.

When the flashy and sugary guitar solos, which come off as tangents rather than natural song progression, are the structural backbone of your metal songs, the songs feel ham-fisted in the attempt to be epic and impressive. The formulaic drums, which sound paper thin, and the diluted bass do nothing to back up the bright and jarring riffs. Accenting these flaws are the vocals, which revolve around strained, spineless cleans and stereotypical growls, mixing together with the instrumentation to create a gaudy experience. This isn't to say that the record is crude, as it is extremely clean in all the worst ways. The production is scrubbed clean, removing any grit that a metal album benefits from, until the only thing that remains is their dull, lifeless, and robotic music.

When all of these elements come together, the record comes very close to collapsing under its own weight, due to its brittleness. Even after all this, however, Trivium still isn't content, as they are bound to their metalcore stereotypes, no matter how tired and cliché they are. Just go down the list, The Sin and the Sentence has it all; basic riffs, group chants, pretentious “progressive” elements, unwarranted grandeur, lifeless production, and any other flaws that the ***tiest of metal bands thrive on. It’s the insipid devolution of metal. It is a bland, milquetoast attempt to express emotions, leading to a feeling of insincerity.

This is why I condemn you...



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2017


1723 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Ooops

Stream the album here: https://open.spotify.com/album/3qq44o8Qqvz5JQ7b5AevLT

As requested by BBGames, thanks to help from BlushfulHippocrene.



Digging: Yumi Matsutoya - Kanashii Hodou Tenki

bbgames
November 14th 2017


395 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Nice!

kris.
November 14th 2017


15029 Comments


how dare u

Frivolous
November 14th 2017


830 Comments


nice

swipenet
November 14th 2017


2693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Pos'ing it so I don't get blamed for the inevitable backlash. Solid review.

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2017


1723 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

lol thanks man

Ovrot
November 14th 2017


13296 Comments


yeah but shogun rules

dbizzles
November 14th 2017


12087 Comments


INCINERATION

Great review.

Digging: Thou - Magus

Hellscythe
November 14th 2017


2880 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is good but it makes me sad bloon

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2017


1723 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

:[ i'd apologize but i can't

dbizzles
November 15th 2017


12087 Comments


4 negs and not one of the culprits has the balls to get in here and say why this isn't a well written review? Is it that hard to type with all that salt in your eyes?

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2017


1723 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

lol

swipenet
November 15th 2017


2693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'd also be open to hear from whoever negged mine, provided they actually read it.

ZippaThaRippa
November 15th 2017


10438 Comments


Dbizz put your fuckin dad dick away

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2017


1723 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

"dad dick"

good lord almighty lol

TumsFestival
November 15th 2017


2450 Comments


have a pos my man

dctarga
November 15th 2017


1454 Comments


Bizzles bringing the fire lol

Good review bud

bbgames
November 15th 2017


395 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Don't worry, the people who negged this are formulating an argument for why this isn't well-written as we speak. It's just taking them a while because of how well thought out they want their argument to be.

swipenet
November 15th 2017


2693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"I heavily disagree with your rating, so I'm gonna automatically neg" - a good portion of, if not the majority, of people here who neg reviews with polarized scores.

BlackwaterPork
November 15th 2017


4183 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lol good job, pos



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