18 Songs, 1 Hour, 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2011’s In Waves Trivium hark back to their sophomore outing Ascendancy by mixing some early Metallica-inspired thrash-metal with progressive metal arrangements and the white-knuckled rage of modern metalcore. In Waves is also the first Trivium recording to feature the drumming of Nick Augusto who joined the Orlando, Florida quartet shortly after the departure of Travis Smith. The album’s intro “Capsizing the Sea” builds a hulking foundation with Augusto’s drums sounding like the mechanical blasts of a nail-gun before bleeding into the pummeling title-track. Both “Black” and “Built to Fall” prove to be album standouts that weld nouveau thrash to a more melodic accessibility which fans of post Cliff Burton-era Metallica are sure to appreciate. The guitar work on the former stretches into Slayer territory and then unleashes some impressive harmonic double-leads. Bonus track “Drowning In Slow Motion” is an epic assault of death-metal glory that effortlessly segues into melodic metalcore. “Ensnare the Sun,” only a minute and 22 seconds long, hints at a psychedelic direction. “Slave New World” closes with brutal bombast.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2011’s In Waves Trivium hark back to their sophomore outing Ascendancy by mixing some early Metallica-inspired thrash-metal with progressive metal arrangements and the white-knuckled rage of modern metalcore. In Waves is also the first Trivium recording to feature the drumming of Nick Augusto who joined the Orlando, Florida quartet shortly after the departure of Travis Smith. The album’s intro “Capsizing the Sea” builds a hulking foundation with Augusto’s drums sounding like the mechanical blasts of a nail-gun before bleeding into the pummeling title-track. Both “Black” and “Built to Fall” prove to be album standouts that weld nouveau thrash to a more melodic accessibility which fans of post Cliff Burton-era Metallica are sure to appreciate. The guitar work on the former stretches into Slayer territory and then unleashes some impressive harmonic double-leads. Bonus track “Drowning In Slow Motion” is an epic assault of death-metal glory that effortlessly segues into melodic metalcore. “Ensnare the Sun,” only a minute and 22 seconds long, hints at a psychedelic direction. “Slave New World” closes with brutal bombast.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

772 Ratings

A Stellar Outing from this Floridian Metal Band

D2A55,

In Waves is another amazing album from Trivium, it combines Matt's growling/screaming vocals with the amazing instrumental work, makes for an impressive display of power, speed, and intensity in music. This album is more akin to Ascendancy than to Shogun and that's a good thing; while Shogun was a great album, In Waves is a better album on all fronts. This is also their first album without drummer Travis Smith, but Nick Augusto is a more than adequite replacement. Now on to the breakdown of each song
Capsizing the Sea - 8/10 Great intro song, and the piano is hauntingly beautiful.
In Waves - 9/10 The title track of the album has amazing breakdowns, and Matt's vocals are perfect. The lyrics are a little repetitive though.
Inception of the End - 8.5/10 This is a textbook Trivium song, nothing special, but still really fun to listen to.
Dusk Dismantled - 9.5/10 Nice and heavy, the way it should be. One of my favorites on the album.
Watch the World Burn - 8/10 This would have fit perfectly on The Crusade, it's much more of a mainstream song than Triviums others.
Black - 10/10 AMAZING!!! By far the greatest song on this album.
A Skyline's Serverance - 8/10 Good song with tons of growling/screaming. More aimed towards Trivium's early fans along with Dusk Dismantled
Ensnare the Sun (Bonus Track) - 8/10 Fun to listen to, gives a nice break from the intensity of the last song, and has a mysterious vibe to it.
Built to Fall - 7.5/10 In my opinion this is one of the weaker songs on the album, still a good song, but just lacks a certain heaviness.
Caustic Are the Ties That Bind - 8/10 Another staple Trivium song, fun as hell to thrash around to.
Forsake Not the Dream - 8.5/10 This song has a great pace to it and feels like a train pounding on your ears (In a good way).
Drowning In Slow Motion - 8/10 I love this song, but it still leaves a little to be desired.
A Grey So Dark - 7.5/10 A lot like Built to Fall, this song doesn't really leave me feeling like I just listened to a Trivium song, still a good song, just not a good Trivium song.
Chaos Reigns - 8.5/10 A nice heavy song that lives up to its title.
Of All These Yesterdays - 9.5/10 A ballad of a Trivium song, definitely different than anything they have ever made, it was a risky move on their part, but it more than paid off. Great stuff.
Leaving This World Behind - 5/10 What the hell? This song is all build up and then ends abruptly. I expected much more from the final song on the album.
Shatering the Skies Above (Bonus) - 9/10 Of course we have already heard this song from the God of War III soundtrack. It's a great song and it is heavy and fast.
Slave New World (Bonus) - 9/10 Sepultura is a great band and Trivium does them justice with this cover. The Cavalera brothers would be proud.

Buy this album!!!!

Great, but not Shogun

Shredhead161,

I love it. I don't think it matches up to Shogun though. The songs on this album are definitely killer though! Some of the songs are really epic like all these yesterdays. Great song!!! Go Trivium!

About Trivium

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. Ascendancy appeared in March 2005, at which point the band's roster had shifted to include Heafy, Smith, bassist Paolo Gregoletto, and guitarist Corey Beaulieu. The album was reissued in May of the following year with four additional tracks and a bonus DVD. Trivium then visited the U.K. in June for the 2006 Download Festival, followed by multiple European headlining gigs and a stint with America's traveling metal/hardcore fest Sounds of the Underground. The tour saw them playing alongside other heavy-hitting bands like As I Lay Dying, GWAR, Cannibal Corpse, and Terror.

Crusade appeared that fall, featuring a newfound emphasis on singing (previously, vocalist Matt Heafy had relied on screams and throaty growls). Despite the band's active defense of Heafy's vocal approach, Trivium received much criticism for their shift in sound; accordingly, they wasted no time in returning to a scream-filled thrash style with 2008's Shogun. In 2010, Trivium announced drummer Nick Augusto would be replacing the departing Smith. Later that year, the band went into the studio to begin work on their fifth studio album, In Waves, which was released in the summer of 2011 and saw the group bring a bold new approach and maturity to their songwriting. However, feeling that the album's gestation process had been overlong and that they had produced too much material, they decided to focus on quality rather than quantity in the on-the-road writing sessions for their next record. The band tapped Disturbed's David Draiman to produce, and the metal veteran took a real hands-on approach, bringing a newfound sense of melody to Trivium's sound. The finished album, entitled Vengeance Falls, was released in October of 2013; it received enthusiastic reviews from critics, and charted well in the United States, the U.K., Japan, and Europe.

Trivium underwent yet another personnel change when they parted company with drummer Augusto in May of 2014. He was replaced by drum tech Matt Madiro. Late in the year the band entered the studio to begin work on their seventh album with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette and mixing engineer Josh Wilbur. The title track, "Silence in the Snow," was issued as a video single in July of 2015, with the album followed on Roadrunner in early October.

The album was their first to land on the Active Rock Top 10 and secured them headliner status for The European festivals Summerbreeze and Bloodstock. In late 2016, Trivium partnered with Cooking Vinyl to re-release their Ember To Inferno in several variations. The two deluxe editions contained the band's earliest demos including "Ruber" (a.k.a. the Red Demo), "Caeruleus" (a.k.a. the Blue Demo) and "Flavus" (a.k.a. the Yellow Demo), all recorded when Heafy was between 16 and 17 years old. ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    Orlando, FL
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2000

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