Saturday, 28 March 2009

CD Review: Ascendancy, by Trivium (2005)

Ascendancy, Trivium's second studio release, has three terrific highlights in Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr, Like Light to the Flies, and The Deceived. Each of these songs display mature levels of energetic sophistication, brilliantly fusing structured melodies with power, and featuring intelligent combinations of growly and normal vocals. Martyr, in particular, is an impressively original composition that stunningly demonstrates the strength that can be derived from single words.

Rain and A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation provide good support material and enrich the overall quality of the CD.

The remaining six songs are not exactly filler material; they just don't measure up as well, offering mostly aimless and unmemorable melodies, if delivered with a good level of competence. There are no outright flops or irritations on this CD, which is no mean achievement. Still, a couple of the tracks could have been knocked off the playlist without a great loss.

Trivium's sound is as ever tightly controlled, and propelled by the thunderous drums of Travis Smith. The guitar work and solos are sound without ever breaking too much new ground.

Ascendancy demonstrates the potential and promise of Trivium as one of the better North American metal bands.

Matthew K. Heafy - Vocals, Guitars
Travis Smith - Drums
Corey Beaulieu - Guitars
Paolo Gregoletto - Bass

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. The End Of Everything - no rating (short instrumental)
2. Rain - 8
3. Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr - 10 *See Video Below*
4. Drowned And Torn Asunder - 7
5. Ascendancy - 7
6. A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation - 8
7. Like Light To The Flies - 10
8. Dying In Your Arms - 7
9. The Deceived - 10
10. Suffocating Sight - 7
11. Departure - 7
12. Declaration - 7

Average: 8.00

Produced by Jason Suecof and Matthew K. Heafy.
Mixed and Mastered by Andy Sneap.
Engineered by Jason Suecof.

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