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Album Review

Trivium never asked to be described as "the next Metallica" by a hyperbolic British magazine or two, but because they tried to make the best of the opportunity instead of wilting away with apologetic shouts of "We're not worthy!," they've taken a hell of a lot of guff from radical heavy metal fans, already stirred up over the group's signing to the closest approximation to corporatism in their world: Roadrunner Records (who actually dare work with non-metal bands — curse them!). Admittedly, the youthful Floridian quartet (whose confidence has been frequently misconstrued as arrogance) didn't help matters when the band followed its impressive sophomore album, Ascendancy, with an undisguised bid for wider commercial appeal via its inconsistent third album, The Crusade. Thus came something of a backlash even among their supporters, bringing, in turn, the stylistic retreat toward more uncompromising metallic terrain embodied by the group's fourth album, Shogun. On this outing, Trivium elevate their new millennium thrash to — by their standards — largely unprecedented heights of intensity and complexity, stacking riff upon riff (really good ones, too) into densely structured highlights such as "Down from the Sky," "Throes of Perdition," and the especially devastating "Kirisute Gomen" (which supposedly means "Pardon me while I cut off your head off" in Japanese). Corey Beaulieu and Matt Heafy's shred-intensive guitar solos also pepper every track, flying every which way like vengeful hornets, and the latter's always varied vocalizing once again prizes Hetfield-ian growls and guttural screams over more sparsely distributed (and therefore more impactful) melodic singing.

Certain cuts may feel like they're jammed with a few too many different hard/soft/harder personalities for some listeners' tastes (e.g. "Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis," "Into the Mouth of Hell We March"), but most headbangers are bound to appreciate these very contradictions, which the band extrapolates to a monumental climax on the multifaceted 11-plus-minute album-closing title track. As for the lyrics: if these song titles didn't make it obvious already, Heafy's penchant for untowardly bookish vocabulary and obscure mythological references remains intact (see also "Of Prometheus and the Crucifix" and "Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven"), and will probably delight as many metalheads as it irritates, but at least he's no longer forcing unrelated words together as though he were simply reading the dictionary every night (which certainly seemed to be the case on The Crusade's confusing "Entrance of the Conflagration," for example). And yes, Trivium still show no qualms or remorse about emulating both the sounds and epic scope of vintage Metallica, but what's so wrong with that? After all, Metallica tried to do the same thing on their own 2008 return to form, Death Magnetic. In short: Shogun is easily Trivium's most challenging and ambitious album yet, and even though it isn't likely to spawn any hit singles, it was clearly the album Trivium had to make in order to get unduly prejudiced metalheads off their backs and finally silence undue suspicions over their abundant talent and devotion to heavy metal.

Customer Reviews


This has to be the album of Trivium's career. They have combined elements from their previous 3 album, Ember To Inferno, Ascendancy and The Crusade. And to think as well, Matt is only 22 and has already released 4 albums, thats incredible. Shogun has a lot of Japanese historical influences and the album as a whole in just their best work yet. Shogun gets 10/10. Top 6 1 - Into The Mouth Of Hell We March 2 - Kiristue Gomen 3 - Down from the Sky 4 - Insurrection 5 - Shogun 6 - Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis The other version of the album has 3 extra songs. Poison The Knife or the Noose, Upon the Shores and Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden is from the Kerrang tribute album for Iron Maiden.

The Album of their career!

There is no doubt that Shogun is the ultimate Trivium album. Combining everything they have done in the past, Shogun is full of huge riffs, dark screams, epic vocals and like their previous albums, fantastic guitar solos. As soon as you have heard opener "Kirisute Gomen" you know your in for something special. Every track is brilliant in it's own way. Highlights include single "Down From The Sky" with perhaps the best chorus Trivium have ever wriiten, part-death metal "He Who Spawned The Furies", anthem in the making "Throes Of Perdition" and headbanging "Into The Mouth Of Hell We March" but the nearly 12 minute finale "Shogun" is a masterpiece in itself and really sums up the album. Any Trivium fan would not be disappointed (I wasn't) but I would also recommend this to fans of Machine Head. One last thing, you can't say the sound like Metallica now!!!

This album will blow you away

It is impossible to summarise this magnificent album in just one set of adjectives or constrain it to one genre because it is not only brutal and thrashy but also melodic and beautiful and there are many many more ways to describe this masterpiece. The lead singer, Matthew K Heafy is just 22 years old, and has achieved more than many metal singers twice his age! As a band, Trivium have released 4 albums, this being their third release on RoadRunner Records. Many fans were in awe of Ascendancy (2005) and were shocked when the band had a change of direction with 2006's The Crusade, however now in 2008, Shogun will reunite all Trivium fans, those who loved Ascendancy will love the return of the screaming, those who were fans of the singing on The Crusade will be captivated by the softer, more melodic sections of some songs. Highlights on this album are opener Kirisute Gomen, which, along with all the other songs has a story to it, often coming from Japanese or Greek mythology. Down From The Sky is just an amazing track, but all these songs are blown away by the title track Shogun, nearing 12 minutes in length, an epic from start to finish. This song must be heard for you to understand the term 'epic' Download, and enjoy!


Formed: 2000 in Orlando, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from central Florida, Trivium formed in 2000 and quickly built a buzz around Orlando's metal community with their blend of metalcore, thrash, and progressive metal. Having secured a contract with the German imprint Lifeforce, the band issued its debut album, Ember to Inferno, in October 2003 with a lineup that included vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy, drummer Travis Smith, and bassist Brent Young. The debut was well-received, and Trivium signed with Roadrunner Records for their next effort....
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: 24 September 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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