CD Ascendancy [PA] [016861805524] (CD 177001),
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Ascendancy [PA] [016861805524]

  • 1. End of Everything, The
    2. Rain
    3. Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr
    4. Drowned and Torn Asunder
    5. Ascendancy
    6. Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation, A
    7. Like Light to the Flies
    8. Dying in Your Arms
    9. Deceived, The
    10. Suffocating Sight
    11. Departure
    12. Declaration
    13. Blinding Tears Will Break the Skies
    14. Washing Away Me in the Tides
    15. Master of Puppets
    16. Dying in Your Arms
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 618 055

  • Credits
    ProducerJason Suecof; Matt Heafy
    EngineerJason Suecof

    Trivium: Matt Heafy (vocals, guitar); Corey Beaulieu (guitar, background vocals); Paolo Gregoletto (bass guitar, background vocals); Travis Smith (drums, percussion).
    In Trivium's band photo for ASCENDANCY, the four members sport t-shirts from (early) Metallica, Overkill, Guns N' Roses, and black-metal legends Darkthrone. The odd thing is that no one in the group is old enough to have experienced any of the first three bands in their 1980s glory. This doesn't seem to adversely affect Trivium's sound, however, as the band has clearly done its homework.
    Riding the wave of bands like Shadows Fall and labelmates Killswitch Engage, Trivium bring together the speed of thrash, the melody of classic metal, and the aggression of hardcore in one seamless package. Founder and guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy uses metal-core screams, James Hetfield-esque growls and sing-along melodies to carry the title track. In the first few bars, "Departure" changes style from acoustic strumming to thrash riffs to full death-metal rage, while "Rain" takes a great opening riff and makes it even better with a subtle and unexpected harmonic shift. Showing maturity beyond his 19 years, Heafy crafts songs packed with power, precision, solos, and hooks.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.125) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The] crisp production neatly balances heaviness with accessibility."
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