Shogun

Shogun

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by Trivium
     
 

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Trivium never asked to be described as "the next Metallica" by a hyperbolic British magazine or two, but because they tried to make the best of the opportunity instead of wilting away with apologetic shouts of "We're not worthy!," they've taken a hell of a lot of guff from radical heavy metal fans, already stirred up over the group's signing…  See more details below

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Trivium never asked to be described as "the next Metallica" by a hyperbolic British magazine or two, but because they tried to make the best of the opportunity instead of wilting away with apologetic shouts of "We're not worthy!," they've taken a hell of a lot of guff from radical heavy metal fans, already stirred up over the group's signing to the closest approximation to corporatism in their world: Roadrunner Records (who actually dare work with non-metal bands -- curse them!). Admittedly, the youthful Floridian quartet (whose confidence has been frequently misconstrued as arrogance) didn't help matters when the band followed its impressive sophomore album, Ascendancy, with an undisguised bid for wider commercial appeal via its inconsistent third album, The Crusade. Thus came something of a backlash even among their supporters, bringing, in turn, the stylistic retreat toward more uncompromising metallic terrain embodied by the group's fourth album, Shogun. On this outing, Trivium elevate their new millennium thrash to -- by their standards -- largely unprecedented heights of intensity and complexity, stacking riff upon riff (really good ones, too) into densely structured highlights such as "Down from the Sky," "Throes of Perdition," and the especially devastating "Kirisute Gomen" (which supposedly means "Pardon me while I cut off your head off" in Japanese). Corey Beaulieu and Matt Heafy's shred-intensive guitar solos also pepper every track, flying every which way like vengeful hornets, and the latter's always varied vocalizing once again prizes Hetfield-ian growls and guttural screams over more sparsely distributed (and therefore more impactful) melodic singing. Certain cuts may feel like they're jammed with a few too many different hard/soft/harder personalities for some listeners' tastes (e.g. "Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis," "Into the Mouth of Hell We March"), but most headbangers are bound to appreciate these very contradictions, which the band extrapolates to a monumental climax on the multifaceted 11-plus-minute album-closing title track. As for the lyrics: if these song titles didn't make it obvious already, Heafy's penchant for untowardly bookish vocabulary and obscure mythological references remains intact (see also "Of Prometheus and the Crucifix" and "Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven"), and will probably delight as many metalheads as it irritates, but at least he's no longer forcing unrelated words together as though he were simply reading the dictionary every night (which certainly seemed to be the case on The Crusade's confusing "Entrance of the Conflagration," for example). And yes, Trivium still show no qualms or remorse about emulating both the sounds and epic scope of vintage Metallica, but what's so wrong with that? After all, Metallica tried to do the same thing on their own 2008 return to form, Death Magnetic. In short: Shogun is easily Trivium's most challenging and ambitious album yet, and even though it isn't likely to spawn any hit singles, it was clearly the album Trivium had to make in order to get unduly prejudiced metalheads off their backs and finally silence undue suspicions over their abundant talent and devotion to heavy metal.

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Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861798529
catalogNumber:
179852
Rank:
24569

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Shogun 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I don't see what all of these other reviewers are talking about...I rather thought this album was quite awesome. The guitar work alone makes this album a totally worth while metal album. I see talk of these guys ripping off Metallica, but if you are meaning lyrically, I don't see any Metallica rip offs there. And as for sound, I also don't hear any rip offs. I have been an avid Metallica fan since I was 12. Believe me, I would know the difference. The feel and sound of their music has some similarity, yes...but it's called thrash metal people. Metallica isn't the only band out there that does thrash metal. In any case, now that I have said my peace, I personally highly recommend this CD to any metal lover out there! It kicks @$$!
InsaneCrazedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
trivium is dumb and stupid the lead singer/guitar player of trivium ripped off metallica with their album the crusade this band is one big utter disgrace this album dersves 0 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this band and album both stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
i liked their first 3 albums but this album jus stunk seriously matt heafy is all being a poser again just like the he acted when the second album was released the album the crusade he completely ripped off metallica big time hell man he ripped off metallica sooo much they tryed copying orion and call of ktulu these guys blow end of story they are not a metal band they are pop punk music lovers matt heafy go back to your old band and start doing your lame old nirvana covers you wank
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EmperorPalpatine More than 1 year ago
trivium at their worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MushRoomHeadfan101 More than 1 year ago
ever since this band has arrived on the scene this band is nothing but lazy and their albums are uber boring i mean come on look at the album the crusade they copyed off metallica actually they ripped off all 3 of metallicas first 3 studio albums from kill'em all to master of puppets this band is just lazy and they stink saw them in concert once when i had the money to go to download festival in 2005 and 2006 this band stinks please people stay far far far away from trivium
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this whole entire album stinks trivium stinks the music they make stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I have been listening to this cd every day since it came out in September of 2008, and have never gotten tired of it. They set the new standards of how a 7 string guitar should be played. I've seen them 4 times, twice on this tour, and they simply put on the best show, period. If you're a fan of guitar stuff this cd is for you.