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[Album Review] Trivium – “Vengeance Falls”

Orlando, Florida’s Trivium have made a point to deliver an entirely different collection of music with each studio release. Coming off the heels of 2011’s standard metalcore album, In Waves, 2013’s Vengeance Falls treads experimental waters with more of an industrial sound. Despite its superiority over In Waves, the new record does not meet the prowess of 2008’s ShogunShogun was easily the definitive Trivium record thus far, showing the band’s full potential in every form of musicianship.  Shogun was a coming of age for the group of metalhead 20-somethings.

Although In Waves might have set them back a bit, Vengeance Falls has partially redeemed the band. As publicized, the new album was produced by Disturbed/Device vocalist David Draiman. The musicianship on Vengeance Falls shows that Draiman probably offered significant feedback which Trivium considered, as several songs sound extremely Device-inspired.  In fact, lead vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy utilizes vocal techniques signature of Draiman in several songs, especially “To Believe.”

That is not to say that this is not original material.  All of these new songs were clearly penned by Heafy, guitarist Corey Beaulieu, bassist Paolo Gregoletto, and drummer Nick Augusto.  Each musician excels with his performance, both individually and together as a band.  The dueling guitar solos in “Strife” showcase the capabilities of both Heafy and Beaulieu.  With very few screams from Heafy throughout the record, the lead vocalist is able to offer more of his sharp and clear clean singing within a relatively wide vocal range.

“No Way To Heal” includes both screams and clean vocals from Heafy with a song composition reminiscent of Shogun, thus becoming one of the better tracks on Vengeance Falls. It almost sounds like it could have been a B-side from the Shogun recording sessions.

Other key focus tracks are “Brave This Storm,” “Through Blood and Dirt and Bone,” and “Villainy Thrives.”

Vengeance may be falling for this maturing group of young men, but Trivium’s potential is once again rising.


MusicTalker’s rating: 4/5


Live Review: Trivium

I attended the Trivium concert at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts this past Friday, November 6th, 2009.  It was an amazing concert and very well-received by the crowd of metalheads.  I was surprised at the amount of couples there that night as it was a metal show.  Long live metal chicks!

Despite the chaos on the floor momentarily halting my enjoyment, each band brought their top game to the table.  With the exception of Whitechapel, I thoroughly enjoyed each band.  Dirge Within opened the night and killed it!  I ended up bumping into Jerms, their lead singer, during Whitechapel’s set, and he was very down-to-earth.  One of Dirge’s guitarists, Shaun Glass, actually gave my friend who also plays guitar a pick.

Whitechapel were just horrendous in my opinion.  Personally, I like some melody in my metal and Whitechapel did not fulfill that priority.  They were the definition of noise.

While we were talking to the Dirge Within guys, Chimaira took the stage.  They threw a great show and proved why they belonged in the direct support slot for this tour.

It was finally time for Trivium at about 10:30 PM.  They definitely brought their top game.  Although Travis was not behind the drumset, the fill-in definitely showed his potential and hit every beat exactly how it was supposed to be done.  Matt and Corey really connected with the fans.  Paolo didn’t seem to be having as much fun as his fellow bandmates.  Matt actually walked off-stage and right by me during one of the songs, still shredding on his guitar.  There were no sound problems or anything with Trivium.  I would give them a solid 10 on a scale of 1-10 due to the quality of their performance, their ability to really connect with the fans, and their overall respect for their fans.  Matt and Corey actually kept looking my way.  I smirked at Matt and as everyone knows, if someone smiles at you, you cannot help but return a smile.  That is exactly what he did.  Corey actually looked our way and stuck his tongue out when we cheered for him.

This concert was a phenomenal experience and as previously mentioned, all of the bands, except for Whitechapel, put on amazing shows.  Dirge Within – 8.5/10; Whitechapel – 2/10 (2 because they seemed to fulfill the expectations of their fans); Chimaira – 8/10; Trivium – 10/10.


The following photos were taken by my friend:

Dirge Within

Dirge Within





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