16 October, 2013

Trivium: Vengeance Falls – new album


As you probably already know, TRIVIUM's latest album, ‘Vengeance Falls’, is out now, since October the 15th, 2013, on Roadrunner Records. The album was produced by DISTURBED's David Draiman, engineered by Andy Sharp and Jeremy Parker, mixed by Colin Richardson and Carl Brown, mastered by Ted Jensen and its art was created by Brent Elliott White. “Capturing the best key ingredients of the previous five records”, get your own copy of ‘Vengeance Falls’ at your usual music retailer's, here (TRIVIUM official store), on iTunes or via Amazon:
“Possessing a feeling of intense focus, melodic thrash outfit TRIVIUM delivers one of their tightest and most cohesive albums in years on their sixth studio outing, ‘Vengeance Falls’. With songwriting that emphasizes quality over quantity or complexity, the album feels more precise in its execution, with every moment expertly placed in order to serve the songs rather than show off the band's musicianship (which is, as always, considerable). … ‘Vengeance Falls’ comes off as a rock-solid blast of melodic metalcore that manages to be technically impressive without needing to show off,” [commented Gregory Heaney, AllMusic – more here:]

Formed in 1999 in Florida, USA, TRIVIUM recorded their first demo in 2003, with it impressing German label Lifeforce Records who in 2003 offered to release the band's debut album ‘Ember To Inferno’. The well received debut took TRIVIUM on a tour with MACHINE HEAD, and consequently brought about the contract with Roadrunner Records. TRIVIUM's second album, 2005's ‘Ascendancy’, produced by Jason Suecof and frontman Matt Heafy, entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 151 and since then sold over 100,000 copies, thusly attaining Gold status:
“ ‘Ascendency’s fire is more ferocious and its transitions more confident, which means the band is even more dedicated to its clever throwback sound. This is even more impressive when you consider that no one in TRIVIUM is old enough to legally rent a car. The lineup has shifted - joining vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy and drummer Travis Smith are guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto. But they’re a ridiculously tight quartet, unleashing thrilling dual guitar passages and pummeling kick drum gallops as surely as they do melodic breaks and vicious throat screeds,” [applauded Johnny Loftus, AllMusic – more here:]

TRIVIUM released ‘The Crusade’ (“an undisguised bid for wider commercial appeal” as described by Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic) in 2006. The album debuted at number 25 on the Billboard Top 200, and sold over 32,000 copies in its first week of U.S. sales: 

‘The Crusade’ was followed by the band's fourth album ‘Shogun’, recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz and released in 2008:
“On this outing, TRIVIUM elevate their new millennium thrash to - by their standards - largely unprecedented heights of intensity and complexity, stacking riff upon riff (really good ones, too) into densely structured highlights such as ‘Down From The Sky’, ‘Throes Of Perdition’, and the especially devastating ‘Kirisute Gomen’ (which supposedly means “Pardon me while I cut off your head off” in Japanese). … In short: ‘Shogun’ is easily TRIVIUM's most challenging and ambitious album yet, and even though it isn’t likely to spawn any hit singles, it was clearly the album TRIVIUM had to make in order to get unduly prejudiced metalheads off their backs and finally silence undue suspicions over their abundant talent and devotion to heavy metal,” [defended TRIVIUM from radical heavy metal fans who deemed their signing to Roadrunner Records (“the closest approximation to corporatism – in their world”) a sellout Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – more here:]

In 2011, the band released ‘In Waves’, the first TRIVIUM album to feature drummer Nick Augusto; produced and mixed by Colin Richardson, ‘In Waves’ sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at number 13 on the Billboard Top 200 thus becoming the highest charting TRIVIUM record. The album charted at number 6 in Japan, at number 8 in Germany, at number 17 in the UK and at number 32 on the Canadian Albums Chart:
“Yes, results may vary from song to song, depending on the listener's tastes, but not TRIVIUM's commitment to crafting fully realized, self-sufficient tracks under the stewardship of producer Collin Richardson (who stepped in for the less versatile Jason Suecof) and veteran Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner (the man responsible for signing SEPULTURA, CYNIC, and many more),” [appealed to the listening public Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic after somewhat bitterly observing:] “By and large, the heavy metal community can be counted on to listen with open ears and form individual, unbiased opinions, but some prejudices still run deep, and the members of TRIVIUM have been on the receiving end of several of these throughout their career,” [more here:]

TRIVIUM features: Matt Heafy – guitar and lead vocals, Corey Beaulieu – guitar and vocals, Paolo Gregoletto – bass and vocals and Nick Augusto – drums 

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