Trivium – The Sin and the Sentence
Trivium: a signature metal band that is consisted of the lead vocalist and guitarist Matt Heafy, vocalist and guitarist Corey Beaulieu, bassist Paolo Gregoletto and their new arrival, Alex Bent on drums.
A band formed in 1999, it has gone through many different stages of change, with their eighth studio album “The Sin and the Sentence”, released on October 20, 2017, being perhaps one of their most complete works to date.
The album begins dynamically with the title song, which has the suitable ratio of raw sound and melody. We immediately understand that the sound is heavier on this record, with the use of 7 string guitars, reminding us strongly of the Shogun era. It is preceded by “Beyond Oblivion” which expresses the ominous lyrics of the song completely, through its harsh but at the same time dark tint. Next on the album, we have the songs “Other Worlds” and “The Heart from your Hate”, two of the most “mainstream” songs on the album, with the much needed clean and catchy refrains, without that meaning that the rough sounding riffs are absent. The next song, “Betrayer”, is also powerful, with melodic riffs, well-written vocal lines and blast beats. “The Wretchedness Inside”, which comes right afterwards, plays an important role in the album, forcing the listener to headbang from the intro, with the bass sounding heavier than any other instrument, and reaching its peak at the break down at 3:15.
The seventh piece of the record, called “Endless Night”, is another catchy song, calmer than the rest rhythmically, making it perhaps the only song together with “The Heart from your Hate” that’s closer to a ballad. Next in line is “Sever the Hand”, rough sounding both musically and vocally, with Heafy proving he can perform better than ever on clean and dirty vocals and containing a breakdown that remains unforgettable to the listener.We also have “Beauty in the Sorrow”, the 9th track of the album, in which we enjoy one of the best solos of the record and right after that, one of the most intense tracks, “The Revanchist”, with changes during the song that create a perfect result. Finally, the album closes in the most appropriate way, dynamically and chaotically, with the Shogun-like “Thrown into the Fire”, leaving the listeners waiting for more.
Their long-awaited album not only fulfilled the audience’s expectations, but we could say it exceeded them. The reason for this was that they managed to effectively combine the three elements which characterize their music – metalcore, melodic death metal and thrash – which also implies the name of the band. A combination of different musical genres, coming together in the album “The Sin and the Sentence”, makes it one of the best albums of 2017.