Given the somewhat bizarrely mixed response when the lead single, and title track, to Trivium‘s seventh LP dropped, it would seem that another canny musical detour from the Floridian quartet will see opinion once again divided amongst fans, nothing new with the band prone to tweaking their sound since 2005’s break-out ‘Ascendancy’.
Ushering in the timeless bombast of Priest, Maiden et al, ‘Silence In The Snow’ can hardly be labelled a curveball, instead embracing the thunderous metallic might of their old school influences whilst retaining all the modern day oomph of their peers. The likes of ‘Dead And Gone’ with its Dimebag-esque swing and the huge anthemic bluster of ‘Until The World Goes Cold’ are unabashed statements that Trivium are as focused and refined as we have seen from their decade vying for the top.
It is certainly assured stuff, the contemporary thrash sheen of ‘Blind Leading The Blind’ and ‘Beneath The Sun’s surging six string abandon betraying a dash of instrumental showboating, between what is a record quite simply built around towering melodic refrains and the unapologetic power of trad-metal values, even well into the 21st-century. Couple this with a colossal vocal performance from a re-invigorated Matt Heafy, and ‘Silence In The Snow’ marks Trivium as a band on the cusp of cementing their status as modern greats.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)