Honestly, I expected more from Trivium on their new album In Waves. They still offer a mystifying blend of death metal, thrash metal, and metalcore within a sometimes melodic wrapper, including harmonious vocal arrangements against death growls and screams. So then this is essentially the state of modern metal, same old same old, nothing ventured, nothing gained. But I suppose fans of modern metal and Trivium will be happy in their motionless contentment.
Frankly, one of the best reasons to listen to In Waves, even for modern metal. Trivium may not be reinventing the wheel or charging hell bent into a new direction, but they sound good. Perhaps its the lingering melody that envelopes a song, or maybe the old school thrash that drives many, or maybe the impressive drumming and zippy guitar solos. All these make A Skyline Severance, a song with lead death vocals throughout, abnormally entertaining (for those of us who can do with out those pesky growls). The same could be sad for Watch the World Burn and Built to Fall, two cleverly accessible and very catchy metal songs. Trivium makes melodic metal/deathcore into happycore. But then other songs like Inception of the End or Dusk Dismantled are the typical thrash and growl of modern metal. Conversely, Trivium once more flirts with modern prog metal, most notable on the title track and Caustic Are the Ties that Bind.
Typically, In Waves will grow on you for one simple reason, the strength of the music. That is when the music is stronger than submitting to the thrash, growl, and hardcore so inherent in modern metal. So, In Waves is both predictable and perplexing at times. What will the next album bring?
Typically, In Waves will grow on you for one simple reason, the strength of the music. That is when the music is stronger than submitting to the thrash, growl, and hardcore so inherent in modern metal.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]