Trivium
Vengeance Falls


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mason Pearmain USER (44 Reviews)
December 9th, 2018 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Polarizing, yet satisfying.

Vengeance certainly did fall on Florida metal act Trivium in 2013, as they released what is now seen as Vengeance Falls, as it was marked as a disappointment in the eyes of the average fan. It seemed though as they were doomed to fail stylistically, as they had largely replaced the thrashy metalcore that albums like In Waves were drenched in with a glossy cut of mainstream alternative metal. Not to mention, the fact that none other than Disturbed’s David Draiman was to handle its production was sure to leave some fans with a bad taste in their mouth. Prospects were certainly dismal for the quartet’s sixth studio release from a reception standpoint, which was ultimately proven once they unleashed this album to the public.

From a purely technical perspective, Vengeance Falls is a step back from its predecessor In Waves, and surely a far cry from Shogun’s sheer mastery of its craft. What it lacks in progressive soundscapes and technical riffage from both Matt Heafy and Cory Beaulieu, it makes up for in emotionally engaging songwriting; closer “Wake (The End Is Nigh)” and “Incineration: The Broken World” both display a very bleak outlook on life, as the writer showcases his emotional downturn, accelerated by various mental health issues including depression. The instrumentation still serves its intended purpose despite being somewhat simplified compared to prior fare; lead work on tracks such as “Through Blood and Dirt and Bone”, “No Way to Heal”, “To Believe”, and the aforementioned “Incineration: The Broken World” still prove Beaulieu’s strength as a guitarist and that the increased focus on Matt Heafy’s vocals certainly did not eat away at the other musicians’ abilities as such a move had done for other bands ala In Flames.

David Draiman’s influence on the band was not as significant as many may have feared, sans expanding lead singer Matt Heafy’s vocal range by over half an octave. “To Believe” is about as Disturbed as Vengeance Falls gets, and even that track is a far cry from anything on The Sickness or Ten Thousand Fists. In other words, despite Draiman handling the production and helping with Matt’s vocals, the album manages to retain the Trivium identity even with its many stylistic shifts. One could note that the shift to more first-person-driven personal lyricism is a result of Draiman’s influence, but it’s more likely that the band had seeked to follow up In Waves with an even more emotive experience. “Villainy Thrives” takes on the subject of abuse in a rather confrontational manner, explaining his desires to “exact reprisal” on those who would harm another human being, and “Strife” references the old idiom in which troubles strengthen a man along with expressing frustration with his anxiety.

While some may prefer the more mythological subjects of Shogun, or even the serial-killer influenced writing on The Crusade, the more personal spin is not dissimilar from that of In Waves, and is ultimately the driving force that moves the record along. The guitar-work still carries the signature Trivium flare that led other albums to their respective greatness, albeit in a slightly more minimalist form. Not every track hits the mark fully, as “To Believe” still ends up feeling like a Ten Thousand Fists B-side that was filtered through Trivium’s established melodic metal lens, and for all its strengths, lead single “Strife” is all too restrained by the shift in sound. Although imperfect, and certainly not one of their best, Vengeance Falls is a solid melodic metal album with a glossy alternative sheen mixed within. Despite its forty-seven minute runtime spanned across ten songs, the band does not overstay their welcome by much. While it certainly has proved polarizing, they have done worse. Does anyone else remember how Silence In the Snow was marred by its overly clean production?

TRACK RATINGS:
1) Brave This Storm (4/5)
2) Vengeance Falls (3.5/5)
3) Strife (3/5)
4) No Way to Heal (3.5/5)
5) To Believe (3/5)
6) At the End of This War (4/5)
7) Through Blood and Dirt and Bone (4/5)
8) Villainy Thrives (4/5)
9) Incineration: The Broken World (4.5/5)
10) Wake (The End Is Nigh) (4.5/5)
OVERALL ALBUM RATING: ~3.8/5



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AgentDeathbat
December 8th 2018


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck it, I enjoy this album, I felt it needed a less dismal review, so here it is.

Also Trivium ranked: TSATS > Shogun > In Waves > this = Ascendancy > Ember to Inferno > The Crusade > Silence In the Snow

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swipenet
December 8th 2018


2866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice one dude, props for defending an unpopular stance.

AgentDeathbat
December 8th 2018


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@swipe: yeah, thanks! ain't my first go around defending stances like this haha, you seen my In Flames review?

swipenet
December 8th 2018


2866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just checked, it's a great review though I hate that album lol. You reasoned it well.

AgentDeathbat
December 8th 2018


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yo thanks! yeah its a very hated album, and I understand the reasons why so I figured I'd try to defend it a bit.

AgentDeathbat
December 8th 2018


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On another note, somehow my approval rating was cut from 71% to 64% after this review

Alright. I'll just keep writing, that'll fix itself back up eventually.

swipenet
December 8th 2018


2866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn, that doesn't make much sense based on this one review. Even if it was 0% here it'd only drop your average by like 3%. Guess someone is negging all your reviews. Pretty sad lol

AgentDeathbat
December 8th 2018


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i even got a neg on my phinehas review

i can't really get too mad about it since its just petty motherfuckers doing it

swipenet
December 8th 2018


2866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah exactly, at the end of the day it's just a dipshit wasting their time thinking that it amounts to anything. There's always gonna be at least one of those.

AgentDeathbat
December 8th 2018


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there's been quite a few. I'd reckon without those dipshits I'd be at about 80% by now lol.

swipenet
December 8th 2018


2866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Honestly if people didn't neg me simply for disagreeing I'd probably be at 100% lol. Fortunately most people are mature enough to actually vote based upon the quality of the review and not their personal feelings.

swipenet
December 8th 2018


2866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Then again I only have 2 reviews so far, so it's not exactly a great sample of the esteemed Sputnik community.

AgentDeathbat
December 9th 2018


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i kinda should stick with the popular opinions if i want to get my approval up lmao

swipenet
December 9th 2018


2866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha even then it's no guarantee, but yeah it helps

AgentDeathbat
December 9th 2018


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

true that

parksungjoon
December 9th 2018


9008 Comments


cmon ppl dont neg the lad just because he likes bad music smh

AgentDeathbat
December 9th 2018


5861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

honestly I could have just let it happen unnoticed

probably opened myself up to more negs by even pointing it out, one of my reviews from about a month ago has a 9 out of 20 ratio top kek

joshieboy
December 9th 2018


6168 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I feel like Shogun was their last great album, but l don't mind the newer stuff, plus Matt Heafy is one of the nicest guys in metal so no hate from me.

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kalkwiese
December 9th 2018


2228 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This has a lot in common with In Waves tbh

Source
December 9th 2018


7556 Comments


I bet David Draiman slept on plastic sheets until he was 25

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