Ascendancy [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Trivium has only grown stronger since 2003's Ember to Inferno. That album's mix of classic thrash early Metallica with 21st century metalcore rage and progressive metal flourish still roils here. But Ascendancy's fire is more ferocious and its transitions more confident, which means the band is even more dedicated to its clever throwback sound. This is even more impressive when you consider that no one in Trivium is old enough to legally rent a car. The lineup has shifted -- joining vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy and drummer Travis Smith are guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto. But they're a ridiculously tight quartet, unleashing thrilling dual guitar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Trivium has only grown stronger since 2003's Ember to Inferno. That album's mix of classic thrash early Metallica with 21st century metalcore rage and progressive metal flourish still roils here. But Ascendancy's fire is more ferocious and its transitions more confident, which means the band is even more dedicated to its clever throwback sound. This is even more impressive when you consider that no one in Trivium is old enough to legally rent a car. The lineup has shifted -- joining vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy and drummer Travis Smith are guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto. But they're a ridiculously tight quartet, unleashing thrilling dual guitar passages and pummeling kick drum gallops as surely as they do melodic breaks and vicious throat screeds. The verses of "Rain" and "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" blister the brain, while Heafy channels James Hetfield effortlessly in the choruses. "Martyr" is particularly insane, its hurricane solos piled on top of percussion that simply engulfs the rhythm. From a technical standpoint, Trivium is often astounding. It's worth reading along when Heafy's screaming becomes unintelligible. Though his lyrics cover familiar territory -- gloom 'n' doom, emotional pain, revenge -- he gets off great lines like "You ask me 'Oh God why?'/'Cause I'm God, that's f*cking why" and "Disintegration constituents to decompose of the parts." Gregoletto steps up for the intro to "Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation" before it transforms into a metalcore rant, "Deceived" is downright melodic but still totally heavy, and there's a great extended bank of guitar solos in "Drowned and Torn Asunder"'s midsection. Ascendancy aligns real-deal thrash with powerful modern influences. But at all times it's a platform for Trivium's own crazed talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861825126
  • Catalog Number: 618251
  • Sales rank: 12,002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trivium Primary Artist
Andy Sneap Vocals
Travis Smith Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Gizz Butt Vocals
Paolo Gregoletto Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Matt Heafy Guitar, Vocals
Corey Beaulieu Guitar, Background Vocals
Chad Sunderland Vocals
Technical Credits
Andy Sneap Mastering
Travis Smith Composer
Paul Romano Artwork, Art Direction
Jason Suecof Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Matt Heafy Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Original Concept
Justin E. Arcangel Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    one of the worst bands and albums of 2005

    this band stinks and all their songs stinks they have no talent they are only in it for the money not the fans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    one word for this band poser

    this band is not changing nothing in the music industry they ripped off metallica and most recently they have ripped off iron maiden trivium is a disgrace stay far far far far away from this band they are only in it for the money not the fans both matt heafy and paolo are both rip offs of james hetfield of metallica and cliff burton and travis their drummer is a rip off of the blink 182 drummer stay far far far away from this band

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Revolutionary

    sure, alot of people accuse Trivium of being the "next Metallica", and quite possibly trying to re-incarnate Metallica themselves, but people need to realize, Metallica is Metallica, and Trivium is Trivium. I love this CD just as much as Master of Puppets, and you bet like Metallica, they will only get better with time. It is songs like "detonation" that instantly win over any metalhead's hearts, combining devastating thrash with melodic metal. Trust me, if you are a guitar freak, or a metalhead, or even both, this album is a must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Recomended

    I do not recomend this album to anybody. This band simply does not cut it. People are calling them "the next Metallica" and "the new face of heavy metal". This makes no sense. All this band is doing is taking a Metallica song, changing a few chords in the progression, adding a different solo, than puting in some hardcore vocals for the verse, and (couchcoughEMOcough)clean one's for the chorus. Simply put, this band is just riping off bands that have already established their sound. The best song on this album is "Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation" (using big words doesn't make you cool, Matt) which is just a blatent At the Gates rip-off. Of course Trivium isn't the first overrated metalcore act, and won't be the last. If you consider yourself a fan of TRUE metal, stay far, far away from this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A New Age of Metal

    Trivium is an incredible new band to listen to. They are the future of metal. Their energetic beat mixed with a melodic lyrics and hardcore choruses are a refreshing break from the generic metal bands. Trivium is a great band to listen to if you're looking for a hard metal-core band that knows how to blast a stage.

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