N.B: Tristan writing from April 2015 – I’ve kind of actually grown to like this record a bit, and re-read my words here as pretty harsh (mostly for comedic effect). If I were to review it now, I’d probably give the album a 7/10,,,wow 20 year old me was a dick ahah
It’s only been a few months since I’ve started writing music reviews again, but I’ve still been able to come up with a variable list of things to avoid if this is something you want to pursue (or do in your spare time because you have no life or want to procrastinate from essays). Tristan’s reviewing tip numero uno: If you plan on reviewing an album that (after two singles) you have good reason to believe that you’re not going to enjoy, do not do so when you’re deadlines are coming up and you’re rehearsing for a musical (yes, I do those, singers do that sort of thing.)
I was only able to listen to Trivium’s “Vengeance Falls” (otherwise known as a Disturbed tribute record) about 3 times through. Mostly because I was being called into rehearsals to practice my extreme jazz hands and partially because anymore listens of this sodding record at a time would only worsen my disappointment in one of my favourite bands of all time. I suppose I could have held off another week to listen to it some more, but the thing with that is...I DIDN’T BLOODY WANT TO!
MFW have already written about “Brave This Storm” and “Strife” (and we all know how favourable those reviews were). But then our boys Trivs released “No Way To Heal” , my faith was restored slightly, thinking that I might eat my own words. Thankfully (well for me anyway) I didn’t have to do that and can now gloat about the fact that I was right all along. ‘Scuse me while I do a wee dance.
Now that that’s out the way, I can move onto the meaty stuff. Like I said this record is just *sigh* it’s not Trivium. It sounds like David Draiman has sunk his fangs into a young metal band and tried to turn them into successors to Disturbed (just start back up already, for fuck’s sake!). “To Believe” sounds like it was taken right off of the “Ten Thousand Fists” B-sides. Now, I like Disturbed, I do, and by proxy I can’t hate something that sounds like them. What I CAN do however is slate a band for not being true to themselves.
Thing is though, the Trivium that we all know and love is in there somewhere. It emerged triumphantly a la Captain Planet fashion with “In Waves” (2011) and now we see it trying to poke its head through the cracks, like Captain Planet imprisoned in the Blackhole of Calcutta. This can be clearly seen through the clean intro through to the pump infused melodic maelstrom that is “At The End Of This War” . “Through Blood Dirt and Bone” continues this brilliantly, almost fooling us into thinking “Hmm, maybe Trivium haven’t abandoned us.” Then “Villainy Thrives” kicks in and I’m reminded of the inherent “Draimanisation” that Trivium have gone through.
“Incineration: The Broken World” is the closest we’re going to get to that old rock ‘em/sock ‘em, ZOMFG, toodilyfuckpies awesome Trivium. With a great set of growled vox and a solo section built to melt faces like the Arc of the Covenant, it serves as a painful reminder of what the album could’ve sounded like.
All in all, a friend of mine said this best. That Trivium have been in the middle of an identity crisis since after “Ascendancy” (2005) came out, and “Vengeance Falls” all but proves that. There’s still some good songs floating around here, but they have a tendency to be swallowed up by the beast that is David Draiman’s influence on an otherwise average (and that’s being polite) record. What’s the end result? Well…a mess really. I wanted to like “Vengeance Falls” I really did, and I hope that Trivium never take a risk with someone that’s done hardly any music production again…otherwise we may hear Matt Heafy doing monkey impressions on the next record (see “Down With the Sickness” if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then go and chastise yourself for not doing your metal homework).
I’m giving “Vengeance Falls” a:
“Vengeance Falls” – 5/10
“Vengeance Falls” is out NOW via Roadrunner