Release Date: Oct 2, 2015
Record label: Roadrunner Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Despite being major contenders for a decade, Trivium have made a habit of taking subtle detours with each album and never quite nailing their colours to one musical mast. Silence in the Snow is hardly a radical curveball: the moderately old-school influences that drive the epic, stirring title track have long been present in the Floridians’ sound. The good news is that Trivium finally sound like the balls-out heavy metal band they have long desired to be; their previous indecision replaced by meticulous and focused songcraft, a refined contemporary crunch and a dash of virtuoso showboating.
You could sense that Matt Heafy wearied of the Metallica comparisons pretty early on in his career. After abandoning their early metalcore sound to go full bore thrash on their sophomore major label album The Crusade, Heafy’s band Trivium quickly reversed course, spending the past decade mixing and matching genre tropes, never fully committing to any particular sound but never abandoning their core identity either. In fact, as much as the band has been compared to such acknowledged influences as Metallica early on in their career, the primary difference between Trivium and their predecessors is that they have always tended to reflect the trends of the day rather than dictate them.
For better and worse, Trivium haven't made the same album twice since 2005's Ascendancy. In keeping with their own tradition, they tossed out plenty to reinvent themselves on Silence in the Snow. Drummer Nick Augusto has been replaced by drum tech Matt Madiro, and producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette takes the chair previously inhabited by David Draiman on Vengeance Falls.
Trivium look backwards to move forward. Once regarded as strong contenders to be the next big metal band, Trivium have struggled over the past couple of albums to get themselves out of a seeming creative rut. Well, they have finally done it..