Release Date: Sep 30, 2008
Record label: Roadrunner
Genre(s): Rock, Metal
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.
Review Summary: Shogun may well rankle the traditionalists, but in going back to basics Trivium have returned to a solid base. "Nothing mars a good metal record like so-called harsh vocals. " The above sentiment opens Rolling Stone’s review of Trivium’s 2006 album The Crusade, the Florida metal group’s third and most successful outing to date.
If 2006’s The Crusade provides any indication, Trivium would like nothing more than to become the next Metallica. On that album, vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy left behind the demon-meets-Cookie-Monster growl of the metalcore scene in favor of a full-blown, Master of Puppets-era James Hetfield impression. The rest of the band followed suit, and while never exactly achieving the sheer immediacy of classic Metallica, it certainly proved to be more than a contrived tribute band.