Album Review: Trivium - What The Dead Men Say

Admittedly, we're a few weeks late to this one. This record has already been out for around a month now, so this review is verging on being outdated even at the time of writing. However, the benefits of this is that we've had a few weeks to ruminate on this one, meaning we're more prepared to write about it than perhaps any album we've reviewed before.

The conclusion we've come to over those few weeks is that this is actually the quintessential Trivium album. Being heavy, fast and melodic are traits of every Trivium record, but over the years they've always slightly changed their style for the next album. On this one, they haven't changed anything; rather, it feels like a culmination of where their career has been heading. Throughout the album, there are elements of everything, from Ascendancy to The Crusade, from In Waves to Silence in the Snow. There's no experimentation on this one - more than ever, it's Trivium just being Trivium, and oh, how glorious that is.

Heafy and co. deliver from the off; the title track is an excellent opener (okay, 'IX' is technically the opener if you're splitting hairs but it's all one piece of music) and the follow-up 'Catastrophist' is undoubtedly the album's highlight. Bold, anthemic and backed-up by some typically great guitars, 'Catastrophist' is everything you want from a Trivium song. As soon as you've heard these two tracks, you'll know you're in for a good 45 minutes.

Is it a perfect album? No. 'Bleed Into Me' is very filler indeed, doing very little to excite the eardrums, but at under four minutes long, it's thankfully short and over before you know it. If you fancy a cup of tea but you're too busy moshing in your bedroom to the also excellent 'Amongst the Shadows and the Stones', just wait for the next track. You won't be missing much.

But aside from that one fairly nothing track, the album is consistently solid. 'The Defiant', 'Sickness Unto You', 'The Ones We Leave Behind' rocks for pretty much the entire thing. And if you're wondering if this album has its very own 'Dying in Your Arms'-esque radio track, fear not, for 'Scattering The Ashes' is just that. Still more exciting than 'Bleed Into Me', though.

What The Dead Men Say is what you'd get if you put all of their previous albums into a blender. It's what you'd get at the end of an equation to find the most Trivium of all albums. It doesn't offer anything new, but sometimes that's okay and with this record, it works perfectly. There's no real surprises on here; from beginning to end, it's Simply Trivium, which would frankly be an apt title for the album.

That makes summing up this record very easy indeed. If you love Trivium, you'll love this album. If Trivium aren't your thing, this certainly won't be. With this record, the band have done what they do best: created a hard, heavy set of songs that combines the melody of Iron Maiden with the speed of Metallica, and added screams. That's Trivium, and that's this album. It's bloody good.



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