Ember to Inferno

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the alternative metal field, there are plenty of bands offering a heaven/hell and melody/brutality sort of contrast -- bands that include, among many others, Hopesfall, From Autumn to Ashes, and the Postman Syndrome. One minute, they're being brutally ferocious; the next minute, they lighten the load and become more melodic. And that is exactly the type of approach that Trivium favors on Ember to Inferno. Throughout this CD, the Florida trio's 2003 lineup -- Matt Heafy on lead vocals and guitar, Brent Young on bass, and Travis Smith on drums -- fluctuates between metalcore ferocity and something more forgiving. Typically, a Trivium song will go from metalcore ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the alternative metal field, there are plenty of bands offering a heaven/hell and melody/brutality sort of contrast -- bands that include, among many others, Hopesfall, From Autumn to Ashes, and the Postman Syndrome. One minute, they're being brutally ferocious; the next minute, they lighten the load and become more melodic. And that is exactly the type of approach that Trivium favors on Ember to Inferno. Throughout this CD, the Florida trio's 2003 lineup -- Matt Heafy on lead vocals and guitar, Brent Young on bass, and Travis Smith on drums -- fluctuates between metalcore ferocity and something more forgiving. Typically, a Trivium song will go from metalcore harshness -- suffocating density, sledgehammer cruelty, screaming vocals -- to a more melodic style of power metal/fantasy metal. It's as though you're getting Brick Bath one minute, and Iron Maiden or Queensr├┐che the next; there's enough of the hardcore element to make the disc relevant to 21st century alt-metal, which prevents Trivium from sounding retro, but there's enough power metal to give the listener some breathing room. In other words, Trivium fluctuates between using a nasty, flesh-tearing bullwhip on their listeners, and employing a soft, leather flogger that has a milder sort of sting. It's an appealing approach -- at least if you hold metal core and power metal/fantasy metal in equally high regard -- but not a unique one. Again, many other alt-metal and metalcore bands were doing this type of thing when Ember to Inferno was recorded in 2003; some did it better, and some not as well. After a few tracks, Ember to Inferno begins to sound predictable and formulaic; you know that the hammer-to-the-skull assault will inevitably follow a melodic passage, and vice-versa. Nonetheless, headbangers will find Ember to Inferno to be a likable and competent, if less than distinctive, example of alt-metal's good cop/bad cop juxtaposition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Lifeforce Records
  • UPC: 826056804023
  • Catalog Number: 40

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trivium Primary Artist
George Moore Acoustic Guitar
Travis Smith Drums
Jason Suecof Keyboards, Vocals
Matt Heafy Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Classical Guitar
Brent Young Bass
Technical Credits
Chris Waters Composer
Lonnie Wilson Composer
Mary McLaughlin Composer
Travis Smith Arranger, Producer
Fredrik Kreem Artwork
Trivium Producer
Jason Suecof Producer, Engineer
Matt Heafy Arranger, Composer, Producer
Brent Young Producer
Charlotte Wilson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    that person is right this cd should get 0 stars

    this band and the rest of their albums all stink

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    this band should get 0 stars

    i never liked trivium i beileve this band should never have formed and i hate every band member of trivium this band is the worst of the worst take my advice this band is terrible both live and in the studio

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trivium Ember To Inferno

    With all the established heavy metal subsets (power, thrash, death and black metal) being challenged and strengthened by newer influences like post-hardcore and melodic radio metal, it was bound to happen that a group would come along unafraid to meld all of those elements into a sound that's as unique as it is familiar. Orlando's Trivium have, in their three years together, not only established a strong local fan base, but also gained the artistic respect of the city's wide-flung metal scene. This is due solely to the group's uniquely transcendent aggression, and not to "street-teaming" or "networking." Quietly, this three-piece (now a four-piece with the addition of guitarist Corey Beaulieu) has honed their chops, working on a sound that's accessible (thanks to vocalist Matt Heafy's ability to easily switch between a death growl and metalcore melodicism) without being easy. "Ember" collects a dozen tracks that -- from the appropriately melodramatic intro (there are two other equally brief instrumentals on the album) through the epic pounding of "If I Could Collapse the Masses" and the chunky thrash groove of "My Hatred" -- make it clear that this young band was healthily inspired by the best of late '80s and early '90s metal. It's on the title cut that the inspiration fuses with a modern approach to point Trivium in an altogether new direction. Though Heafy's melodic grandiosity sometimes sounds a little too much like generic radio metal, the head-bashing riffs that bracket those bits more than make up for it. All of it -- the old, the new, the next -- comes together on the absolutely astounding six-and-a-half minutes of "When All Light Dies," a full-bodied dose of heaviness that reminds you that the metal playbook can always be rewritten

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