Back in 2005, Florida’s then hottest young export Trivium released their sophomore record ‘Ascendency’, and almost literally exploded all over the mainstream metal scene. This album was ushered further into the spotlight with mainstay anthems ‘Like Light To The Flies’, ‘A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation’ and most notably ‘Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr’. That album easily stood as one of the strongest releases in the genre that year, and indeed for years to come. Six years later, it still stands as Trivium‘s crowning achievement, and though latest offering ‘In Waves’ still doesn’t top it, it’s definitely the closest that the band have come to reaching that self-set bar.
Thankfully steering away from generating anything too similar to what was arguably their weakest full-length, ‘The Crusade’, the entirety of ‘In Waves’ is an album manufactured much more towards their fans of the ‘Ascendency’ era of their career, with the the first song proper and title-track ‘In Waves’ shoving you into the deep of their melodic metal from the very beginning. Matt Heafy‘s vocals as always can interchange from formidable screams to sharp and catchy hooks. Matt and axe wielding partner Corey Beaulieu still carry talents beyond their young years, brought out strongest through ‘Caustic Are The Ties That Bind’, weaving through solemn picked acoustic sections before delving us into intricately rapid and near face-melting fretwork that may leave you looking like the elephant man.
There’s also moments where Trivium bring some of their most bone-crushing heaviest weapons; the guttural roars of Matt Heafy forefronted in ‘Dusk Dismantled’ could almost rival that of deathcore giants Suicide Silence and Whitechapel, displaying, if you will, a formidable mane against those other young lions looking to lead the pride of the current metal generation.
However, as already mentioned, there are flaws floating about the depths of ‘In Waves’. Album outro ‘Leaving This World Behind’ provides little point of even being featured on the record, with its predecessor ‘Of All These Yesterdays’ acting as a much stronger closing track. ‘Black’ just seems a little bit of an unfinished creation, and though ‘Built To Fail’ carries some impressive harmonies, it’s otherwise the weakest track the band have brought forward with this offering.
As a whole, ‘In Waves’ is a definite sign of a return to strength for Trivium, a band who to some were thought to have left behind their triumphant glory days long ago. Die-hard fans of the Floridian quartet will take this on as another great success, and those new to the band will find this as an easy entry point to the band’s other work.
Written by Zach Redrup