Trivium – The Sin and the Sentence
The Sin and the Sentence is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium. It was released on October 20, 2017. The album is the first to feature fifth drummer Alex Bent (formerly of Battlecross and currently of Brain Drill and Dragonlord), who replaced drummer Paul Wandtke. With the release of the album’s title track, this album would also mark the return of frontman Matt Heafy’s screaming vocals, which were completely absent from the band’s previous album Silence in the Snow due to an injury which caused Heafy to blow out his voice.
Floridian Trivium made themselves know after two years. Since the release of the album “Silence in the Snow” fans have been waiting for something else to happen and finally, they can breathe out. Trivium came on August 1 with the new single, “The Sin and the Sentence,” and in Trivium the new album was released.
The Sin and the Sentence have its own unique identity, as does each song on it, as well as being by far their most varied work. There are tracks that are very moshed heavy, some progressive powerhouses, and crowd cheering pleasers. The chanting part in “Sever the Hand” is going to be a real hit and the intro to “Beyond oblivion is guaranteed to start a wall of death. The main riff to “The Wretchedness Inside” is going to be an ear-worm that does not leave for a while. The last two songs on the album, “The Revanchist” and “Thrown Into the Fire” are by far the most unique songs that Trivium has ever done, with “The Revanchist” not even sounding like a typical Trivium song. That does not detract from the album, it instead adds more to it and showcases just how far Trivium has come in their decade-spanning career.
Trivia from Orlando, Florida is not only among the most industrious Heavy Metal representatives, but they are also one of the most progressive forces of the scene. Their brilliant mixture of brutal arrangements, artful instrumentation and complex songwriting helped them to gain great recognition on both sides of the Atlantic. Their work ethos is enormous: In five years four albums appeared, in parallel, they played more than 800 concerts. Guitarist Matthew Heafy is the last remaining founding member of the former student band Trivium which has matured one of the most accomplished modern metal formations within 20 years. From big melodic arcs to brutal thrash metal moments, from compact song whips to sprawling epics, they offer a wide spectrum. Their quality lies in the perfected interaction of the elements.
Vocalist Matt Heafy revealed that the new album’s titular track was originally written for their 2008 album, Shogun. “This song was written for Shogun, and is basically almost the same as it was, so Shogun fans rejoice; didn’t like Shogun? You may not dig this,” Heafy admitted in the comments section of the video. “But know that since I was 12 I wanted to be a great singer, I screamed because I couldn’t sing. I am proud and excited to finally be able to do what I love the way I love. Don’t love it? Our old stuff still exists. Love it? Awesome. I love both sides of you all regardless.”
The Sin and the Sentence is no doubt the album that many Trivium fans have been waiting for. It’s the culmination of what made some of their best albums great and incorporated the best parts of their albums that fell short. With this incorporation of their best ideas, Trivium has added another album to the list of greats that they have released.
The album is available in multiple formats, including CD, vinyl, and a special edition box set that comes with an exclusive Trivium t-shirt. The box set includes The Sin And The Sentence CD, an enamel pin set of the song icons (which the band has been gradually unveiling on their Facebook page), an autographed 5″x5″ band photo, 3 patches, and a collectible gold Oni skull, all housed in a 10″x10″ keepsake box.
Album: The Sin and the Sentence
Released: October 20, 2017
Label: Roadrunner Records
Producer: Josh Wilbur
Genre: Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal
Website: Official Website
Discs: 1 disc
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 4.2 /5
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