BY GEORGE COTHRAN
TOWER staff writer
October has been an exciting month to be a metal listener. So many albums have been released during this time that it has been almost difficult to buy them all at once. One album that has been in my head for a while is Heavy Metal Hellraisers, Trivium’s “Vengeance Falls” album, which was released October 9.
For those of you who do not know, Trivium is an Orlando-based metal band who have been around for more than a decade. They are best known for their thrash metal-esque sound that can be heard on their older albums, like their 2003 album “Ember to Inferno” and their 2008 album “Shogun.” In recent years, they have gained prominence in the metal scene, playing at major music festivals including Download Festival, Trespass America and the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.
“Vengeance Falls” is their second album with Nick Augusto on drums and their first with David Draiman of Disturbed as the producer. Just the name alone makes this album sound epic. The album art even goes with the title. I was pumped up when I first heard about the album. I said to myself, “Trivium hired Disturbed’s singer to make this album? I can’t wait to hear what they have to offer!” and let me tell you, being a long-time listener of both bands, I was not disappointed in this album.
The first song on the album, which was also the first song released to the public before the album’s release, is called “Brave This Storm.” The song starts out building up with guitar chugging and a steady bass drum beat. Next thing you know, the drums pick up with the double bass just before the first verse comes in. If the suspense building does not send chills down your spine, the riff during the verses will most certainly do the trick. You can hear Draiman’s influence in the chorus of the song and just about every other song on the album. Draiman is known for his powerful, electrifying vocals. With this album, you can definitely hear it in vocalist Matt Heafy’s voice. You may either love it or hate it. Personally, I think it is amazing and definitely adds new elements to the band.
Trivium is like wine; they get better with age. It seems like Trivium’s talents improve with each new album they come out with. If you compare Matt Heafy’s singing from Trivium’s earlier albums to their recent releases, you can easily spot the differences. It seems as if he is more comfortable with his voice and has allowed it to progress and improve. His voice sounds deeper, more on key and more refined.
The other two songs released prior to the album’s release were “Strife” and “No Way To Heal.” “Brave This Storm” and “Strife” may sound simple, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the album is the same way. “No Way To Heal” showcases the album’s complexity and the band’s ability to mix all kinds of elements to their songs. It flawlessly mixes both screaming and clean vocals and adds a variety of guitar riffs, making it one of my favorite songs off the whole album.
Another example of the album’s complexity is the use of acoustic guitar. It can be heard on their songs “At the End of This War” and “Wake (The End is Nigh.)” I appreciate how they add such beautiful acoustic pieces and use them to prepare listeners for the musical chaos waiting to ensue.
Trivium has a talent for delivering strong, meaningful lyrics. “Vengeance Falls” definitely delivers them with their signature writing style. In the past, Trivium has written songs about subjects such as Greek mythology and the meaning of life. This album’s lyrics seem to be more personal and meaningful. Songs like “To Believe” and “Villainy Thrives” show how evil humanity can be and how some are ignorant to the suffering that is being caused to people on a daily basis.
The album seems like a mix of everything Trivium has ever done, with the inclusion of complex guitar riffs, fast and heavy drums, a bass solo, and a new reason to pick up a Trivium album. This is my new favorite Trivum album so far, taking the place of “Ember to Inferno.” Whether you are a fan of Trivium, Disturbed, or just a casual metal listener, this album is definitely worth picking up.