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Album Review

Trivium has only grown stronger since 2003's Ember to Inferno. That album's mix of classic thrash (early Metallica) with 21st century metalcore rage and progressive metal flourish still roils here. But Ascendancy's fire is more ferocious and its transitions more confident, which means the band is even more dedicated to its clever throwback sound. This is even more impressive when you consider that no one in Trivium is old enough to legally rent a car. The lineup has shifted — joining vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy and drummer Travis Smith are guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto. But they're a ridiculously tight quartet, unleashing thrilling dual guitar passages and pummeling kick drum gallops as surely as they do melodic breaks and vicious throat screeds. The verses of "Rain" and "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" blister the brain, while Heafy channels James Hetfield effortlessly in the choruses. "Martyr" is particularly insane, its hurricane solos piled on top of percussion that simply engulfs the rhythm. From a technical standpoint, Trivium is often astounding. It's worth reading along when Heafy's screaming becomes unintelligible. Though his lyrics cover familiar territory — gloom 'n' doom, emotional pain, revenge — he gets off great lines like "You ask me 'Oh God why?'/'Cause I'm God, that's f*cking why" and "Disintegration constituents to decompose of the parts." Gregoletto steps up for the intro to "Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation" before it transforms into a metalcore rant, "Deceived" is downright melodic (but still totally heavy), and there's a great extended bank of guitar solos in "Drowned and Torn Asunder"'s midsection. Ascendancy aligns real-deal thrash with powerful modern influences. But at all times it's a platform for Trivium's own crazed talent. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews

Dude this is totally sick

Ok since im the 1st reviewer let me be the the 1st to say that this is totally awsome. I already have most of the ascendancy album but i always like checking up on the Trivium page anyways and i noticed that itunes finally put up some new stuff. The Crusade finally has the bonus tracks listed on itunes and Ascendancy has its regular songs listed under bonus tracks. At 1st all the bonus track album had on it on itunes was: Master of puppets, washing away me in the tides, and Dying in your arms (radio mix). Now they have added all of the other Ascendancy songs and a new version of Blinding Tears will break the skies (Ember to inferno). Bottom line is that this add on to ascendancy rocks! And wether you like country, rap, or any of that other crap, This album is for you. YES if you agree.


GREAT album liked the song pull harder on the strings of your martyr

The start of their to-be legendary career in ROKK...

For only their second cd, which is usually not as good as the first for most band, Ascendancy rokks pretty hard. Trivium's cd's only get better with each new installment, and ascendancy is no exception. The lyrics, and musicianship on this cd, for the members being so young, is truly amazing. Go buy this cd, and better yet, buy ember to inferno (their first album), the crusade, and SHOGUN to complete the Trivium Library. 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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Ascendancy (Bonus Track Version), Trivium
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Mar 07, 2005
  • Parental Advisory

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