Trivium, you know that I’ve always loved you right? Oh, that “Vengeance Falls” review?…we can just forget about that and move on!
Our boys Trivs have come smack-dab out of the blue with the announcement of upcoming opus, “Silence in the Snow”, and we’ve got two shiny new singles to come along with that, so as the fishmonger once said to the jockey: “Lets ‘ave a lewk.”
“Silence in the Snow” (the title track for those of you that haven’t quite figured it out yet) came first, and it’s a groovingly crushing, a bit like the Red Hot Chili Peppers on steroids. There’s an awesome framing melody and awesome solo-work, courtesy of the blindfolded guitar-barbarian Corey Beaulieu. Matt Heafy continues his “no-screaming” crusade, BUT, his super-clean vocals are sounding better than ever on this song and he’s hitting notes that can only be heard by midget bats (so high that he gets a nose-bleed halfway through the video). The video itself kind of looks like a skinny version of Batman is running around messing with people, interspliced with some cool band shots and a lady covered in black glop playing the guitar… #art.
“Blind Leading the Blind” takes us back to the thrashy Trivium that most of us know, but with a matured Heafy at the helm, the track charges forward with a deafening roar. Accompanied once again by intricate solos from blindfold Beaulieu (reckon that’ll catch on?) and a pulsating drumline from newcomer Mat Madiro, give us more to look forward to than a rabid wolf during a rabbit’s bonfire party. Funny, how when Trivium have a drummer change-up, their sound transmorgafies into something awesome!
Obviously, as is custom, we wait for the full-release to make a judgement. But, I very much enjoy where “Silence in the Snow” is going. Sure, Heafy’s screaming seems to have been ditched, and a bit of that would have been great (you have an awesome scream Matt!). But other than that, these songs sound killer! And, of course, we can all thank The Old Gods, The Seven and The Drowned God that David Draiman didn’t get his claws into this album (now that Disturbed have been resurrected, there’s no need for the tribute act).
I’m giving “Silence in the Snow” and “Blind Leading the Blind” a rating of:
“Silence in the Snow” – 7/10
“Blind Leading the Blind” – 8/10
“Silence in the Snow” is out October 2nd via Roadrunner