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“Ascendancy” (deluxe edition) by Trivium

Artist: Trivium
Title: “Ascendancy” (deluxe edition)
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 5/9/2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

Trivium is one of the bands that are on the fast track to super stardom in the Metal world of today and with almost every song on their sophomore album “Ascendancy” they show you why this is the case. The band released this album loaded with the growls of today but at the same time there is a lot of the melodic guitar work and power chords from days gone by. The influences of Trivium clearly reside in the glory days of eighties and nineties Thrash Metal and this helps them stand a little higher than a lot of bands their age who are sticking to the format of what is happening today alone. The strong melodic Metal on this CD gives the listener a number of powerful but at the same time catchy tracks. Songs such as “Like Light To The Flies” mix several different feels of Metal together and showcase some unique time signature changes that will appeal to any riff head. The clean vocal chorus makes the tune a crowd chanter as well and when you listen you can envision the fists pumped up for this one. “Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr” shows off the tasty drumming very well while “Dying In Your Arms” rises up as the bands power ballad and song all the female fans will probably flock to. The band comprised of Matt Heafy (vox, guitar), Travis Smith (drums), Corey Beaulieu (guitars) and Paolo Gregoletto (bass) prove that melody does not have to be sacrificed in order to be harder, faster and heavier than ones peers. There are quite a bit of speedy moshable moments on the release and each are sure to inspire circle pits at any show they are performed in. The release reviewed here is the Special Edition version and this is worth the price as it not only expands upon the original release with four extra tracks that include a great version of Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets”, but it also includes a DVD with a load of additional video and live performance footage.
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