Trivium are back with a new and much-anticipated album. The Sin and The Sentence
can represent Trivium’s big comeback to their most raw, energic and powerful style, remembering me the reason why I first fell for them.
The Sin and The Sentence feels like the logic evolution of Shogun , following the raw, brutal and fast-paced style of their first albums (Shogun , Ascendancy  and Ember to Inferno ), which, in my opinion, are their best but most often overlooked records. Particularly, Ember to Inferno. The album, while not exceptionally consistent, is a good, unpretentious and straightforward album with a lot of good ideas… particularly if you think how it was written by a bunch of teenagers fronted by a 17-year-old.
Indeed, in The Sin and The Sentence you can feel the return to their mesmerizing style right out of the bat. Matt Heafy seems to be back at its best with its guttural screams after all the vocal problems that influenced (particularly) Silence In The Snow  and the heavier elements of his voice shine through once again creating high hopes for this new album.
Further, Alex Bent replaced Matt Madiro in the drums bringing back a menacing and fast-paced drumming. Here, even though Bent cashed out with Heafy’s new vocal amplitude that, as opposed to previous works, allowed the band to explore new ground, is Bent’s drumming that ultimately drives the band, almost hypnotically, through the entire record. Indeed, the structural change seems to have worked out as the album is probably one of the most mature and solid works Trivium as released so far. Interestingly, this album is probably the one where progressive influences are more readily identified with clear tempo changes, extended instrumental sections and tracks gradually evolving without ever being rushed or losing its direction, building a one of a kind album for Trivium.
Personally, I look at most albums as a whole and try not to dissect them track by track
but every once in a while a track comes along that I have to dedicate some time to. In
this album, that track is ‘Betrayer‘: one of the best tracks of the record. In it, Trivium show everything they’re good at and make everything right without ever becoming predictable. ‘Betrayer’ is one complex, rich and addictive track. Amazing.
Heafy’s new vocal amplitude allowed the band to explore new ground
In the end, The Sin and The Sentence follows a path I have been waiting for since Shogun. The album ranges almost seamlessly from harsh and aggressive tracks (The Wretchedness Inside) to harmonious ballads (The Heart From Your Hate) resulting in a well balanced, complex and consistent record. The Sin and The Sentence can very well be the start of new era for Trivium. Heafy’s voice is better and stronger than ever and the band seems to have found a state of harmony I have been missing for a while. Trivium are back to claim their place. Look out. 3.5 out of 5 stars. MRR
TRACKS TO LISTEN TO INCREDIBLY LOUD The Sin and The Sentence, Betrayer, The Revanchist
Post originally published on MEDIUM