OLD REVIEW DATED 12TH AUGUST 2011.
In Waves, the new studio album by Floridan metal band, Trivium.
Now being a massive fan of Trivium since they appeared on the music scene with ‘Ember To Inferno’, I have been excited to hear the new album, In Waves, since information started coming out that they were in the studio, demoing and practicing.
Also what made me more excited for the album was being the first to hear the tracks, ‘In Waves’, ‘Black’ and ‘Dusk Dismantled’ at the small album launch gig party at Birmingham’s Asylum venue, which was exclusive to 150 members of Triviums official fan club and 100 extra tickets to the public. Here at this gig, we were the first to hear ‘In Waves’ played live and first to hear ‘Black’ and ‘Dusk Dismantled’ full stop, which was phenomenal and the whole air and atmosphere of the gig was just amazing, everyone had come to see one band that everyone loves, it was kind of similar to Iron Maiden gig; like a family reunion of sorts, definitely my favorite gig of all time!
So this small gig at the Asylum in Birmingham just made me wee myself with excitement, just a little!
Also since hearing the song, ‘Shattering The Skies Above’ from the ‘God of War 3’ soundtrack, I’ve been looking forward to how they were going to progress with the songs on ‘In Waves’ and ‘Shattering’ gave a good view of the movement to having more direct songs, in a similar manner to how the songs are on ‘Ember To Inferno’ and ‘Ascendancy’ rather than that of the technical longer songs featured on ‘The Crusade’ and ‘Shogun’.
Now onto the album!
In Waves Special Edition track-list:
- Capsizing The Sea
- In Waves
- Inception Of The End
- Dusk Dismantled
- Watch The Whole World Burn
- A Skyline’s Severance
- Ensnare The Sun
- Built To fall
- Caustic Are The Ties That Bind
- Forsake Not The Dream
- Drowning In Slow Motion
- A Grey So Dark
- Chaos Reigns
- Of All These Yesterdays
- Leaving The World Behind
- Shattering The Skies Above (from the God Of War 3 soundtrack)
- Slave New World (Sepultura cover)
I won’t go into the tracks in detail, i’ll just mention highlights to me personally and the album as whole, let’s get cracking then!
The album opens with the ominous ‘Capsizing The Sea’, which immediately leads to ‘In Waves’ in a similar way that on:
- Ember To Inferno - Has ’ Inception The Bleeding Skies’ leads onto ‘Pillars Of Serpents’
- Ascendancy - Has ‘The End Of Everything’ lead onto ‘Rain’
And this feature of an opening track was absent on ‘The Crusade’ and ‘Shogun’, so it’s nice to see that returning and it is just simply amazing, I love how the album opens and progresses. Now onto the track ‘In Waves’, like the entire album, it screams, ‘this is Trivium’ and this track, along with the opening is just pure fist pumping metal with amazing hooks and a powerful ‘sing with me’ chorus and the music, just like the entire album, is flawless, super accurate and powerful.
‘Dusk Dismantled’, a pure heavy death metal esq track, is just pure aggression, to me it was a highlight of the album as the heaviest track and is one of my favorite tracks! And stands out as one of my favorite of all time really heavy tracks!
‘Watch The World Burn’, stands out to me as a really strong powerful track, Matt’s voice is just superb on this track, his clean vocals really shine on this song (they do anyway, but this is my personal favorite), and the harmonies of the clean and screaming vocals are simply superb, and the the music is just driving and everything complements each other.
‘Black’ has the real, dirty, hard-rock feel to it, by far a stand out track, with strong hooks, but still with a driving adrenaline of really heavy metal, yet sounding like an anthem rock song, I can definitely see this song this going great at a massive arena venue!
‘Ensnare The Sun’ is one of the bonus tracks to the special edition, a very different pace to place it, but it works as an intermission as sorts, but it fits so nicely in-between ’ A Skyline’s Severance’ and ‘Built To Fall’. Despite it also only being at one minute, twenty-two seconds, I feel that it is a powerful piece of slow music, that also has Arabic tone, hands down, this tracks just adds the powerful character that is, ‘In Waves’.
‘Built To Fall’ is a really strongly driven singing track in a similar way to ‘Watch The World Burn’ and ‘Black’ with powerful, memorable hooks and some really strong heavy music complementing it all as a whole!
‘A Grey So Dark’ is one of the bonus tracks for the special edition, but I love most about it, is the guitar riffs and they complement the vocals and vice versa, it’s a really strong powerful track. The intro riff juts gets me every single time, and it’s a very powerhouse short track, only at two minutes, forty-two seconds, very to to point, short and sweet. Superb!
‘Of All These Yesterdays’ stands out as one my favorite tracks of the album, hands down with question, the song is just packed with emotion and that the majority is an acoustic tracks marks it as a very different Trivium track, but gives it the uniqueness and power. It is just simply a beautiful track without question. ’Leaving This World Behind’ is the follow up end of the prior mentioned track and acts as the end of the album as whole, it leaves the album (minus ‘Shattering’ and ‘Slave New World’) on an amazing high!
What makes this album so special, isn’t just the music, it’s the artistic direction towards, the album, videos, appearance, everything! It discards the typical stereotype of a heavy metal band and they have done everything in a way that is unique and rightly, pure Trivium!
Go check out the video for ‘In Waves’ for example (the full edition) and check out this mammoth album!
Seriously, go grab this, go get the special edition so you can see the ‘Making of In Waves’ documentary which is just amazing, the full edition of the video for ‘In Waves’ and you also get an eight track live footage of the band performing a set at Chapman Studios.
I give this a special 10/10!