Trivium - album review (3 stars)


The Crusade (Roadrunner)


Opener ‘Ignition’ is a killer track, all thundering riffs and heavier than thou grooves, if someone told you it was a lost Metallica track you’d have no reason to doubt them. And they count the aforementioned Metallica and Iron Maiden (who’ve invited them on their December tour) amongst their fans. However therein lies it’s problem, where are Trivium amongst these heavy guitars licks? It’s impossible to deny the extraordinary level of musicianship. ‘Tread the Floods’ and ‘Contempt Breeds Contamination’ showcase some virtuoso guitar shredding and unique time signatures. Unashamedly old school, hard, fast and heavy, they just need come out from under the shadow of their influences.

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