Any album that has it’s own introduction has to have received a big thought process. ‘In Waves’ begins with the chilling piano of “Capsize The Sea,” a song which spans a small one and a half minutes and swims swiftly into a military style drumbeat and then onto the second song of the album.
‘In Waves’ is Trivium’s fifth album and was released on the 9th of August 2011 via Roadrunner Records. The Florida metal’lers, fronted by Matt Heafy (vocals and guitar) and completed by Corey Beaulieu, (guitar) Nick Augusto (drums) and Paolo Gregoletto (bass) have been in the metal game for near enough thirteen years, and although they have been through three line-up changes, they are running as strong as a thoroughbred race horse.
Kicking straight in after the introduction is “In Waves”, the song from which the album’s name is given. The track starts with the constant brutally screamed repetition of the songs title until Heafy’s short, soft sung verse commences with the lyrics “Do I end this all for the world to see, In Waves, In Waves”. When it comes to the substance of the track, it could convey the thought of a tsunami, a natural water disaster, or maybe the constant build up of things coming in waves. It seems the kind of track which the artist would want the listener to have their own opinion on what it’s all about. Instead of the song having one direct meaning and leaving nothing on the mind, it has the effect of mesmerizing your brain into finding the hidden meaning. The technique in which the song is set is something that bands should be rivaling, the way the song flows from lyric to lyric, and riff to riff gives the track a dramatic effect that is simply exquisite.
Steaming forwards on to the fifth song, “Dusk Dismantled”. The track begins with the vocals in a susurration, then bursts into a savage scream, echoing the savage lyrics of fire and choking. The song seems to be about extermination of organisms and the track actually seems fairly sadistic and dark, like Trivium are trying to take terror and dark and methodically break them down with a song.
Although the lyrical ambition is sketchy and could be tweaked and made more original with each piece, the American riff Gods seemed to have grown from the mouthy youngsters they once were and have progressed into metal titans respectively, being compared next to In Flames and Machinehead. The band shows no lack of promise and surely will continue on into the foreseeable future.
“Inception of the end” is a song with a devastating edge to its introduction, pile-driving it’s way into your brain, finding every musical nerve and make it shiver with enjoyment and sheer shock at the brutality behind it. The song then becomes more melodic with the sung vocals, and combined with the screaming, the song makes a recipe for disaster taste like a Michelin-star meal. Nick Augusto, who joined the band as a replacement drummer in 2010 is a godsend here, with his experience in the grindcore and metalcore genres shining through in his work.
In retrospect, this album is a fresh start for the band, and their fresh, mature sound has earned them even more respect than they already had. With festival dates already played with Machine Head, Disturbed and Megadeth this year, and an album that surely will satisfy fans, Trivium have celebrated their twelve illustrious years on the scene in style.
Written by Regan Foy.Trivium – Built to Fall by Disciples of Metal