Mixing early In Flames thrash influences with the song-structures and vocal melodies of Metallica’s first four albums, the album dropped like a nuclear bomb onto the desks of every rock music magazine out there. Every once in a while, an album drops onto your desk that you just know is going to be huge and everyone knew that would be the case with Trivium.
The obvious starting point with this record would be a song that continues to be the greatest weapon in Trivium’s arsenal, ‘Pull Harder On The Strings of Your Martyr’. One of the decade’s biggest metal anthems, it nailed the Trivium template that ran throughout the record. The punishing drums with pounding double-bass drum work throughout, the rampaging guitars that dominate the songs verses, a huge chorus and a middle-breakdown that would make any of their peers proud. (It’s also worth mentioning that the song gave birth to the greatest YouTube parody to hit the web. Our favourite bit has to be Matt Heafy on his bike). Other stunning examples of this formula are shown on the epic ‘Like Light To Flies’, the blood and thunder of ‘Rain’ and the album’s storming title-track.