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CD review TRIVIUM "The Sin and the Sentence"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Trivium, Roadrunner, News, CD Review, Thrash Metal, Metalcore, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Groove Metal

CD review TRIVIUM "The Sin and the Sentence"

(9/10) Florida-based powerhouse Trivium began their winning streak back in 2003 with the debut, being the starting point of a rise that found a first peak with the sophomore “Ascendancy” and their third longplayer “The Crusade”. Trivium became a big player in metal music, leading to awards, award nominations and a big fan base that appreciated very much the bands contemporary metal sound in a modern outfit. I have to admit that I was also thrilled by these records and seeing them live was a pleasure too.

Even though commercially successful, the latest album doesn’t belong to the highlights of Trivium’s career. “Silence in the Snow” became very melodic with the heaviness of their sound going over board. For that reason I was very curious about Trivium’s eighth album which will be available in record shops on October 20st. Would it be a continuation of what “Silence of the Snow” gave us or would the guys return to a harsher sound that reflects the earlier day much more.

I’m happy to report that it’s the latter. “The Sin and the Sentence” became a brutal piece of music that’s refreshing and will please Trivium fans from the early days. A more than obvious sign of returning heaviness is the fact that frontman Matt Heafy uses screams and shouts again, something that was missing a lot on the previous record.  Next to the very dynamic vocals the album also brings back the ferocious riffs and the twin guitars Trivium is known for. All these typical Trivium-trademarks get completed by a massive rhythm-section that includes with drummer Alex Bent a new band member. Even blast beats are returning after many years of absence.

The first tones on “The Sin and the Sentence” are a kind of introduction to the title track. The tune feels like a melodic start into the longplayer with Heafy singing mainly while adding gentle growls in the chorus. The songs good but it’s “Beyond Oblivion” that marks the first real highlight. The riffs and the scream in the beginning of this blast are blood-curdling and even though the tune has its melodic moments it stays a metal monster. “The Sin and the Sentence” contains more of these tracks that are a delight for Trivium fans. One of these numbers is the thrilling “Wretchedness Inside”, a brutal riff attack with a merciless groove and Heafy shouting as good as in the early days. Partly these shouts are part of "The Revanchist" too, even though being more embedded into a melodic framework. Since things are well-balanced, also this track is representing the reinvigorated Trivium in a good way.

Trivium followed a kind of ghost light with their previous longplayer and fortunately they could adjust the tack towards the brutal, but melodic, metal sound they are known for. This album blows away any doubt that came with “Silence in the Snow”. Silence is gone and metal is back. Thank you Trivium.





  1. The Sin and the Sentence
  2. Beyond Oblivion
  3. Other Words
  4. The Heat from Your Hate
  5. Betrayer
  6. The Wretchedness Inside
  7. Endless Night
  8. Sever the Hand
  9. Beauty in the Sorrow
  10. The Revanchist
  11. Thrown into the Fire


Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Modern Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: October 20st, 2017


Tourdates TRIVIUM

Veröffentlicht am 23. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Trivium, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Tour, Live

Tourdates TRIVIUM

These are the German dates. For all dates check-out


CD review TRIVIUM "Silence in The Snow"

Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2015 von Markus W. in Trivium, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, Hardrock

(5/10) New stuff from Trivium. Wow. Cool. Let's press 'start' and see what "Silence In The Snow" can do for us. The first sonic signals are named "Snowfall" which is a cineastic intro into the album. OK. The title track is the first real song and it becomes obvious already at this stage that Trivium isn't thrash anymore and it's not metalcore either. The four-piece developed their sound towards melodic power metal. On "Vengeance Falls" the four guys combined the melodic approach with a harsh heaviness. On the new longplayer the focus goes on the first one and the second part is almost gone entirely. 

"Silence in The Snow", the song, has a very melodic touch, clean vocals and a metallic riff. But it's also far away from the bands raging debut days. Trivium wrote this track already back in 2007 but at that time they had the idea that it doesn't fit to their sound. Eight years later it became the title track - what a move.

"Blind Leading the Blind" takes the same road and I had to check twice if I still listen to Trivium; the band that blew me away with "Ascendancy". "Dead and Gone" has a good solo but is in the end an average melodic rock song that is done by many others in a better way.

Things get a bit more exciting with "The Ghost That's Haunting You" before "Pull Me From The void" is another ordinary song. The label info talks about 'development'. At least the band changes their sound but I don't know if this is something everybody was waiting for. From time to time a crunchy riff shows up at "Pull Me From The Void" before the melodic alternative metal track "Until The World Goes Cold" let you freeze again. 

I could continue with the rest of the songs, but since they follow the same pattern I will not do this. On exception though. "Breathe In The Flame" is a spark that enlights the metal heart. It's the hardest track on the album and partky bring back the good ol'days.

I followed the band from the very beginning and the more melodic orientation became clearer during the latest records. But this album goes one step too far, at least for my taste.

The music on "Silence in The Snow" isn't too bad. It's just not Trivium as we know them from the past. May snow cover this album and bring back the silence. Maybe I don't get the deeper meaning of this development but "Silence in The Snow" is for me one of the biggest disappointments so far in 2015.





  1. Snowfall
  2. Silence in The Snow
  3. Blind Leading The Blind
  4. Dead and Gone
  5. The Ghost That's Hunting You
  6. Pull Me From The Void
  7. Until The World Goes Cold
  8. Rise Above The Tides
  9. The Thing That's Killing Me
  10. Beneath The Sun (Don't Fade Away)
  11. Breathe in The Flames


Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015

CD review TRIVIUM "Silence in The Snow"

New video from TRIVIUM

Veröffentlicht am 21. August 2015 von Markus W. in Trivium, Thrash Metal, Modern Metal, News, Video, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal

And here comes another new video. The thrashers of Trivium published with "Leading the blind' a new song as video. It's an highly entertaining one and here comes the link: