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Album: Trivium – Shogun

August 13th, 2008

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Trivium
Shogun
Roadrunner Records
30 September 2008

by Joel McIver

Thousands of metalheads despise the Florida quartet Trivium without, it seems, even hearing their music.

For the last few years they’ve been the butt of much criticism for sounding too much like Metallica, or for including too many hair-metal-style singalong choruses in their songs, or for being too pretty, or just for not being ‘troo’ and ‘kult’ enough.

There are elements of truth here – frontman Matt Heafy’s vocals have been very similar to James Hetfield’s at times – but it’s high time for the haters to get over themselves, as Trivium’s new album sounds like Trivium and no-one else.

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Even if you don’t like Shogun – and it’s not a perfect album by any means, so a lot of people won’t – you’ll have to admit that they’ve found an original sound, composed of melodic choruses and fat, downtuned riffs, which is uniquely theirs.

The first song released from Shogun was ‘Kirisute Gomen’, a song which acknowledges Heafy’s Japanese background in its lyrics but which is all-American in its music, like it or not.

It’s probably the best song on the album along with ‘Insurrection’, both of which switch smoothly from a knowingly cheesy singalong chorus – which could have been designed for rock radio – to a fast, sub-thrash metal riff.

Watch an alternative, piss-taking video to ‘Pull Harder On The String Of Your Martyr’ by Trivium

Trivium never really enter extreme metal territory, with drummer Travis Smith sticking to on-beats rather than the full-throttle off-beat workout: in fact, it’s your duty to inform anybody foolish enough to think that Trivium play thrash to inform them of their mistake.

The usual dazzling solos, multilayered choruses and tempo changes are all over the remaining songs. Trivium obviously have tons of ideas: there are at least six different vocal styles, from death-grunt to midrange snarl to clean tenor, and the number of riffs per song is impressive.

The recipe gets a little old by the end of the album – pretentious songs like ‘Into The Mouth Of Hell We March’ (listen to that on their MySpace) and ‘Of Prometheus And The Crucifix’ could have been deleted and no-one would have complained – but if this is where Heafy et al are going, at least it’s a path that is theirs and no-one else’s.

4/6

Shogun by Trivium is released on 29 September 2008 on Roadrunner Records


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Trivium reveal Shogun artwork + first thoughts / early review

August 10th, 2008

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Trivium have released the artwork for their forthcoming fourth album, Shogun.

We’ve heard it, so expect a full review of Shogun on Thrash Hits .com in the coming days. Here’s an ultra-quick rundown of our first impressions…

Trivium – Shogun

‘Kirisute Gomen’ – you’ve probably already got it for free
‘Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis’ – Almost 7 minutes long. Heafy’s got his old voice back. Huge solos
‘Down From The Sky’– Over 5 minutes long. More singing but less soloing. Next single.
‘He Who Spawned the Furies’ – Just over 4 minutes. Slow and brutal. Soppy chorus gives way to some true brutality. Strong track.
‘Into The Mouth Of Hell We March’ – It’s on the Madden NFL game. Almost 6 minutes long. Galloping!
‘Throes Of Perdition’ Almost 6 minutes again. Another dramatic title. Great chorus.
‘Insurrection’ – Almost 5 minutes long. Ultra fast intro. One for fans of The Crusade.
‘Of Prometheus And The Crucifix’ – Over 4 minutes. Another dramatic title. Another great chorus. Definite single possibilty.
‘The Calamity’ – Almost 5 minutes long. Complex melodies. Great breakdown.
‘Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven’ – Over 5 minutes long. Another great title. Great galloping guitars.
‘Shogun’ – After 9 minutes it was still going, despite missing the outro. Massive.

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Shogun by Trivium will be released on 29 September 2008 through Roadrunner Records

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Trivium give free MP3 and reveal single artwork

July 30th, 2008

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Trivium are giving away a free MP3 of ‘Kirisute Gomen’ at 5am GMT Thursday, 31 July 2008 from all Roadrunner and Trivium websites for 24 hours.

The opening track from their forthcoming fourth album, Shogun keeps on the Japanese theme by referring to the executuon privileges of a Samurai warrior. Have they been watching a bit of Heroes? Here’s the artwork anyway.

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The first release will be of ‘Into The Mouth Of Hell We March’ on 11 August 2008 and it will be a digital download affair that happily coincides with the new Madden NFL game it appears on.

Did you know Trivium have sold almost one million records now? Well, they have. Did you know that Madden NFL has shifted over 70 million copies? Well, it has.

The first proper single release, however, will be ‘Down From The Sky’ on 1 September 2008. They just shot a video for that.

Trivium – Shogun tracklisting
‘Kirisute Gomen’
‘Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis’
‘Down From The Sky’
‘Insurrection’
‘Into The Mouth Of Hell We March’
‘Throes Of Perdition’
‘He Who Spawned the Furies’
‘Of Prometheus And The Crucifix’
‘The Calamity’
‘Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven’
‘Shogun’

Shogun by Trivium will be released on 29 September 2008 through Roadrunner Records

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New tours and releases roundup – 26 June 2008

June 26th, 2008

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A whole bunch of new albums have been announced these past few days. The most exciting has to be Trvium’s fourth full-length effort, Shogun. Unleashed on 29 September 2008 through Roadrunner Records ahead of their co-headline Unholy Alliance tour with Slayer, early reports suggest that they’re back to actually sounding like Trivium and that it’s rather a good album.

Undoubtedly less exciting but definitely more unit-shifting is the announcement that dour, 12 million-selling alt-metallers Staind have joined the Roadrunner stable. Their sixth album, The Illusion Of Progress is released on 8 September 2008, just before they tour arenas with their new labelmates, Nickelback (inexplicably pictured above).

September
12
Belfast Odyssey
13 Dublin RDS Simmonscourt
15 Manchester MEN Arena
16 Sheffield Arena
18 Birmingham NEC
19 London O2 Arena
21 London Wembley Arena

Something that Thrash Hits .com is definitely looking forward to is the debut album from Rolo Tomassi. Recently signed to Hassle Records – home to Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats and Juliette & The Licks among others – Hysterics will be released on 22 September 2008 with a sweat-drenched free launch party that day at London’s Old Blue Last.

The best tour that we’ve heard about has Australian metalcore masters Parkway Drive and Boston legends Unearth headlining it this November. The Never Say Die Tour also has Architects, Protest The Hero, Whitechapel and Carnifex frequenting some odd parts of the country.

November
10
Yeovil Westland
11 Manchester Academy 2
12 Glasgow Arches
13 Sheffield Corporation
14 Peterborough Cresset
15 London Forum

Thin Lizzy are releasing a 15-track live album from their historic UK Tour ’75. The full set will be released on deluxe CD with a 20-page booklet of previously unseen live photos and liner notes on 8 September 2008 through MLP.

Tracklisting:
‘Fighting My Way Back’
‘It’s Only Money’
‘Wild One’
‘For Those Who Love To Live’
‘Still In Love With You’
‘Showdown’
‘Suicide’
‘Rosalie’
‘The Rocker’
‘Sha La La’
‘Baby Drives Me Crazy’
‘Me And The Boys’
‘Cowboy Song (Derby Blues)’
‘Little Darling’
‘Sound Check Jam’

Canadian gym-metallers Blessed By A Broken Heart are going to release their much-anticipated debut album Pedal To The Metal on 18 August 2008 and will follow it up with a UK tour almost four months later with I Am Ghost, Devil’s Gift and Fei Comodo in tow.

December
04
Cardiff Barfly
05 London ULU
06 Poole Mr C’s
07 Wrexham Central Station
08 Liverpool Barfly
09 Glasgow Cathouse
10 Birmingham Barfly
11 Nottingham Rock City
12 York Fibbers
13 Brighton Concorde 2

Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry are a band that are clearly hitting both sides of the rock fence. Having performed at both Isle Of Wight and Download Festival on the same weekend, they have announced a new album, Folklore And Superstition to be released on 18 August 2008 via Roadrunner Records. Currently supporting Def Leppard and Whitesnake on their arena tour, BSC have announced winter dates.

December
5
Manchester Academy
6 Newcastle Academy
7 Glasgow Barrowlands
9 Sheffield Octagon
10 Birmingham Academy
11 Bristol Academy
13 Oxford Academy
14 London Brixton Academy

Emo kings Hawthorne Heights are staying busy in preparation for the release of their third album, Fragile Future on 4 August 2008 through Victory Records. They will be touring with Linkin Park on the Projekt Revolution tour across the US from 16 July to 27 August. A UK tour is threatened later in the year.

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