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Review

Trivium improves sound, riffs on album

October 12, 2006

“The Crusade” has finally arrived.

Florida’s insane, trilling, metal rocking four-piece band Trivium is back and smashing onto the scene with its third album release. Following the explosive second album “Ascendancy,” which easily sold more than 100,000 copies and then some.

According to Roadrunner Records, the band stated, “Our crusade is to make Trivium something enormous in the world. We weren’t trying to sound like anyone or anything with ‘The Crusade’, we just wrote music that we wanted to hear. Every album title has been a statement about where we were at that period in time. . .‘The Crusade’ is literally what we’ve been doing, just crusading around the planet in our own way.”

“The Crusade” is a mind-boggling evolution of the young band’s exponential talent. The album possesses an insane amount of mind-shattering riffs, speed metal percussion and a small amount of screaming, which can be better described as forceful singing. In music, many bands continue to pump out the same droning repetitive style of music.

Unlike many, Trivium has revamped its style in such a way that fans everywhere will not forget. Maturity flourishes through each musician, like drummer Travis Smith, who explodes with machine gun double kicks and octopoid bursts. Trivium thought it was best to do away with the metal core aspect, along with the fierce repetitive screams and growls.

“If anyone is wondering why the screaming is gone, it’s because the four of us were never into bands that scream, and we don’t like any of the current bands that scream, so we asked ourselves why we’re doing it. The only reason I started screaming in the first place is because I sucked at singing and wanted to be the front man of a band,” lead vocalist Matt Heafty told Roadrunner Records. “This time around I wanted to be a better singer because that’s what we wanted to hear, so we dropped the screaming and did a lot of vocal training and vocal work.”

Along with the obvious maturation of this album, it also reverts to albums bands like Metallica and Pantera.

“We want to be closer to world domination as we always hoped for ever since we started this band,” the band said. “I just hope that people recognize ‘The Crusade’ as a classic metal album or a classic rock album and they connect and have as good of a time with it as we did.”

Overall, this album possesses some of the greatest talented musicians of our time. “The Crusade” is just another chapter in the legacy Trivium created the day the group became a band. Some of the tracks that truly boggled my mind, although all did in their own way. were: “Enter the Conflagration,” “Becoming the Dragon” and “The Crusade.”

These, I believe, blatantly shout the talents of this extraordinary metal band. Mark my words, Trivium will go down in history as one of or possibly the greatest metal band of all time.