TRIVIUM — Shogun

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4.20 | 28 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2008

Filed under Melodic Metalcore
By TRIVIUM

Tracklist


1. Kirisute Gomen (06:27)
2. Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis (06:49)
3. Down From the Sky (05:34)
4. Into the Mouth of Hell We March (05:51)
5. Throes of Perdition (05:54)
6. Insurrection (04:56)
7. The Calamity (04:58)
8. He Who Spawned the Furies (04:07)
9. Of Prometheus and the Crucifix (04:40)
10. Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven (05:25)
11. Shogun (11:54)

Total Time: 66:35

Japan edition:

12. Upon the Shores (05:21)
13. Poison, The Knife or the Noose (04:14)
14. Iron Maiden (Iron Maiden cover) (03:43)

Total Time 79:53

Bonus DVD:

1. The Making of Shogun (52:53)
2. Shogun on Guitar (22:25)
3. Shogun on Bass (09:15)

Total Time 84:33

Line-up/Musicians


- Matt Heafy / guitars, vocals
- Travis Smith / drums
- Paolo Gregoletto / bass
- Corey Beaulieu / guitars

About this release

CD and CD/DVD released 30th September 2008 on Roadrunner Records (1686-179852).

Thanks to Bosh66, Unitron for the updates

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TRIVIUM SHOGUN reviews

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Kingcrimsonprog
Trivium are a band that have divided the opinions of the metal community since their breakthrough, but even if some people question their style no one can question their talent; Trivium are a true collection of virtuoso musicians who are able to write catchy and enjoyable metal songs.

'Shogun,' the Florida Metal band's fourth studio album is a delight for fans of the band's first two albums 'Ember to Inferno,' and 'Ascendancy,' as it brings a lot of the better elements from those releases back to the forefront, including the screaming Metalcore vocals which divided fan opinion so much.

This choice will take some getting used to for fans who preferred the band's third album 'The Crusade,' but in the end, it is worth being open minded as 'Shogun,' may well be Trivium's best album to date both musically and in all the other areas such as lyrics and production.

In my opinion the best songs on the album are the aggressive 'Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven,' and the slightly dark 'Insurrection,' which borders on extreme metal at times.

The album also should get credit for the career highlight drum performances from Travis Smith, who is frankly amazing behind the kit.

To some fans, the album may appear off-putting on first listen; as the more commercial tracks appear early on in the album and could make the album seem less than heavy on first listen. As with all of Trivium's releases however, the commercial side is balanced with very heavy and technical metal elsewhere.

Whether you are a Trivium fan or a curious outsider you should not be afraid to try Shogun, it contains all the band's various styles distilled on one brutal, thoughtful and fresh album. Highly Recommended.

***The special edition comes with a DVD and three Bonus tracks, slightly different artwork. It is certainly worth the extra money, as while the Bonus material has a high quality of songwriting and delivery and the DVD is very interesting.

The 'Making Of Documentary,' is pretty substantial for a bonus feature and offers not only insight in to the recording process, but the economics of Roadrunner Records and the feelings associated with being forced into contractual obligations you'd rather not have to fulfill. As well as this interesting Documentary (albeit, with a silly comedy prologue about Nashville) there is Some instructional footage on how to play the guitar and bass parts, which is a nice addition to the overall package.***

Members reviews

Mjöllnir
Making a much needed compromise between the metalcore of Ascendancy and the overbearing old school worship of The Crusade, Shogun comes out on top as a more individual effort. It succeeds on a basic level with nothing here likely to convert the doubtful, but the evolution of their sound is steady with some problems still needing to be ironed out.

What is key here is the maintaining the standard of musicianship and stabilising their hybrid of genres. It all listens easier than The Crusade's transitions from frantic 80s riffing to 00s clean sung choruses but there are still issues. Matt Heafy's voice flits uncomfortably sometimes between the hoarse scream, Hetfield jr. and clean singing but the variety is appreciated. Lead guitar is ever frantic and dominant in songs, both the neo-Maiden harmonies and tight, numerous solos. All the changes are handled with skill but I find the song structures are a little haphazard sometimes, and there is still a touch of formula at work underneath it all.

Despite the criticisms there's lots of meaty riffs on offer and I do enjoy the changes they've made and the sytle they've arrived at. The title track even sees them try their hand at an epic which feels like a cross of the Maiden and Metallica approach to these songs. They stick to belting them out for the most part, "Torn Between Scyll and Charybdis", "Throes of Perdition" and "Insurrection" begging repeat listens from me.

Not quite the album I'd hope they'd put out, but nevertheless does more to justify their place as one of the more popular metal bands active today.

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