…some of the growls seem forced to me. It’s like there’s a formula with metal bands nowadays that goes: scream the verses, sing the choruses. I understand that the screaming adds addrenaline to the song, but in some scenarios it is not necessary. I’m just saying that Trivium should give more clean vocals a shot next outing.
But, no one in their right mind can question the talent of this band or the quality of this CD. It’s just plain sick how well they play together.
Heafy’s got one hell of a voice though. Low growls, screams, clean…he can do it all. Add in great drumming (double bass with a fury), and amazing solos to get Ascendancy. It’s a pure rush, beautiful and crushing at the same time.
All of the songs are written well…whoever writes the lyrics in the band should pat themselves on the back. My favorite song is “A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation”, where they break up the mayhem in the middle of the song with a homage to 80s metal. Awesomeness…
Overall, these guys stand above almost all the American “metal” bands nowadays. Like the guy below me said, if you own two metalcore albumns for this decade, make it Ascendancy and Avenged Sevenfold’s “Waking the Fallen”.
I also recommend Soilwork’s new release “Stabbing the Drama”, as well as Trivium’s debut “Ember to Inferno” which is *almost* as good as this release.