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Shogun

TriviumAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B001CIPU3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Trivium stormed onto the metal scene in 2005 with their critically acclaimed debut album Ascendency and continued their dominance with the follow-up The Crusade. Now the band has unleashed their most cohesive and mature effort, Shogun. The band is poised to continue to knock the metal and hard rock community on its ass with what will definitely be hailed as the metal album of the year by critics and fans alike!

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Precision Instrument of Warfare October 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
First of all, this album should NOT be compared to The Crusade in such ways as saying its a step up or step down from it. Its really a hybrid album. Too many people are basing their opinions of Shogun by saying that its too intense compared to The Crusade and they miss the melody and singing on that album. Then still others are saying that The Crusade was a mistake of Trivium's and this is a return to original form that Ascendancy introduced us to. I say both sides are wrong. This album is Ascendancy and The Crusade all in one, but even more in your face. As I said, hybrid album.

With Shogun, Trivium has mixed the melodic singing, lightning fast guitar work, and blistering drumming of The Crusade with the screaming, up in your business, heavy metal of Ascendancy. The combination is undeniably brutal. You get the best of both. Fans of The Crusade, which I admit I loved, will easily cling to the parts of songs where Matt Heafy is melodically chanting over speedy drum work and machine gun guitar riffs, but then its over as fast as it started and the vocals turn up a notch and the music becomes chunky and heavy while Heafy takes on demonic screams like those that riddled the Ascendancy album.

Highlights of the album:
--- Great lyrics! Check out the lyrics to "Into The Mouth Of Hell We March" (Epic story in this song with lines like: "Spires of lightning thrown down from the gods! Skin melting even in the deluge!) and "Throes of Perdition", another great story with great music accompanying it.
--- The guitar solos are insane! Fast, original, and ear piercing. LOTS of harmonizing here.
--- The drumming is top-notch. Travis Smith is easily my favorite metal drummer right now. BLAZING fast double bass work, and very original and masterfully built drum fills.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Stopping The Mighty Trivium! SHOGUN Flat Out ROCKS! September 30, 2008
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Unbelievable! That is the only word that comes to mind when I hear this cd. Trivium have combined the best of their previous cd's (Ember To Inferno, Ascendancy,and The Crusade)and have delivered BIG TIME the best elements of those three into Shogun. Guitars solos soar in and out with harmonic unison while the drums provide a steady, pummeling beat that locks the songs into place - sometimes I cannot believe just how young these guys are yet sound so professional and seasoned. My current favorite songs are "Down From The Sky" and "Into The Mouth Of Hell We March".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True musical talent October 6, 2008
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Ascendancy, and The Crusade were good, well-written albums in my opinion. Matt Heafy has the kind talent that either makes you hate him, or fills you with the desire to get better. The previous two albums culminate on Shogun. Shogun sounds like neither of their previous albums but rather fuses them along with some new sounds. If you like metal even slightly you will appreciate Shogun and the musicianship Trivium brings to the table!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This was always going to be a tough task for Trivium. How to match the earlier success, but still not sound like a complete sellout. I think this album succeeds admirably well. First let me say that this is NOT an overtly commercial record. Sure there are melodies both sung and played, but this doesn't mean it is cheesy or weak. Trivium have been combining rough and clean vocals for a while, and this album shows that potential being achieved. Same with heavy riffing interposed with beautiful melodies. The clean voices and choruses sound much less like Hetfield. The growling is deeper and more "death" style. I have always enjoyed their guitars, and again, you won't be disappointed. Tons of riffs and solos. Also, there is a bit more depth to the songs, both in scope and in musicality. Get this album if you like newer metal with a major classic metal influence, lots of solos, and thundering riffs and powerful drumming / bass. It will not disappoint. There is nothing really bad about it. Good for them!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shogun October 2, 2008
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This album is awesome! On first listen i was a little disapointed as it felt like the hooks Trivium had used with their previous albums had gone and replaced with just performance. After listening to it a few more times i cannot say there it one song i don't like and all members playing is excellent on every track!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They keep getting better September 30, 2008
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I became a fan of Trivium after hearing Ascendency. Their sound reminded me of classic Metallica (before they went all soft and pathetic). Powerful lyrics, great guitar riffs and exceptional drumming. Shogun is just another example of how metal music should sound. This release by far is their best to date. With this CD, the band seems to find a new way to get more aggressive. Lyrically, musically - this one is GREAT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Brutal July 22, 2009
By leachim
Format:Audio CD
i wonder if it's even worth my time to write another trivium review. trivium is one of those bands that totally divides the metal community. some people view them as the best new band in the world, and others view them as lame pop sellouts or something.

i love how most of these reviews hinge totally on the fact that matt heafy screams on this album like he did on ascendancy. the good reviews are all like "the screaming is back! this album rules!" and all the bad reviews are like, "the screaming is back, this album sucks."

i have some news for you. metal bands are judged by more than whether or not the lead singer screams. i can listen to both with ease, and my opinion of an album depends on the quality of that singing and/or screaming, the intelligence of the lyrics, and the actual musical ability on display. no one should ever give a band a good or bad review solely on the style of vocals. that's just stupid.

musically, trivium has been raising the bar ever since their first album. listening to shogun is like a religious experience, the music is so aggressively heavy and complex. listening to other bands, even good ones, who stick to simpler song structures and lyrical patterns, just accentuates the intensity that trivium bring to the table. there aren't many metal bands out there that are willing to take these kinds of risks and deliver this level of musical complexity.

the first song on the album, kirsute gomen, is just incredible, with all the different directions the song goes in and the way heafy switches between clean singing and brutal growling. its almost worth the price of the entire album. but every song is just as good, none of them boring or "filler," each one an epic metal masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of their more polished albums. Strong RIF's and ...
One of their more polished albums. Strong RIF's and the songs generally flow into one another fairly well. Special edition worth the extra couple of dollars.
Published 18 days ago by Brandon Pimentel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Badass Album
My 2nd favorite Trivium album next to "Ascendancy". This album never disappoints. My favorite songs from this album are "Down from the Sky" and "Like Callisto... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Spikedskull
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Pet peeve when the jewel box comes broken on the inside.
Published 1 month ago by nate
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme.
This is in my opinion Triviums finest work, I hope to be able to purchase the Vinyl some day, maybe if i stumble upon hoards of monies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by parky259
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, heavy
A masterpiece. Fun, heavy, progressive and memorable forever.
Published 2 months ago by Eric
3.0 out of 5 stars Ditch the vocals!
I really like this group's instrumental work, but I really dislike the screaming vocals. I guess if you can't actually "sing," then screaming is the only other option :/
Published 3 months ago by Shawn Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.49- Trivium's Best Album by a Frog's Hair
In case you don't know what my title means, I'll explain: I feel that this is the best album I've heard by Trivium so far, but it's only slightly better than the other two albums... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Music 101
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This album is an excellent album. Matt Heafy is great on vocals and plays guitar extremely well. Also, the drums and bass is just phenomenal. Trivium is just a beast.
Published 8 months ago by dennis sohn
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I have not really been a trivium fan before. but I listened to samples and decided I had to buy this. damn, it kicks ass. actually one of my favorite mp3s at the moment. Read more
Published 9 months ago by paul bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
Easily my favorite trivium album as well as album in General, when I got it I listened to it nonstop for about a week, favorite song on it by far is Into The Mouth Of Hell We March
Published 11 months ago by Jorden
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