Trivium’s newest album “Vengeance Falls” has been one of the most successful albums released by the band so far and one of the most controversial among fans.

Trivium is an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida that formed in 2000.  After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004 , the band has released six studio albums and eighteen singles.  Their most recent album, “Vengeance Falls,” was released on October 9, 2013.  The band has sold over one million albums worldwide.

The band first formed in 2000 at the Lake Brantley High School talent show.  Matt Heafy performed a cover version of Metallica’s “No Leaf Clover.”  Singer Brad Lewter noticed Heafy and asked him to try out for his band.  The pair went over to drummer Travis Smith’s house where they played a rendition of Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls.”  Impressed with Heafy’s peformance, they accepted him into their band which was known as “Trivium,” which is a Latin three-way intersection.  They used this name to help explain to fans that their music was a combination of metalcore, melodic death metal and thrash metal.  After several shows at bars and local clubs, Lewter quit the band and Heafy took over his position as vocalist.

In early 2003, Trivium went into the recording studio to record their first high-quality demo disk.  A copy of the demo was heard by the German label Lifeforce which signed Trivium and got the band into their studio to record their first album, “Ember to Inferno.”  Corey Beaulieu joined after the recording of the album.  In 2004, Paolo Gregoletto joined as the band’s bassist, replacing Brent Young before a tour with Machine Head.  The album, “Ember to Inferno,” managed to catch the attention of Roadrunner Records who later signed Trivium to their label.  The band then began to write songs for their major label debut.

Over the years, the band released five more albums, “Ascendency” in 2004, “The Crusade” in 2006, “Shogun” in 2008, a few tracks for the Playstation game God of War III, “In Waves” in 2010 and their newest album, “Vengeance Falls,” in 2013.  Each album had varying degrees of success but the band began to see much more mainstream success once they change their vocals over from harsh screams and growls to a more mainstream vocal approach; much to the dislike of some of their older fans.

“Vengeance Falls” was released on October 9, 2013 in Japan, on October 14 in the UK and on October 15 in the US.  On January 2013, bassist Paolo Gregoletto posted photos of the band working on their next studio album.  In one of the pictures, Matt Heafy was sitting next to David Draiman, the lead vocalist of Disturbed, which lead to speculation that he would be playing a part in the albums conception.  It was later confirmed through Gregoletto’s facebook that Draiman would be the producer of the album.

“Vengeance Falls” received mostly positive reviews from music critics, but was controversial to die-hard fans, mostly because of the hiring of Draiman as a producer.  The Guardian stated “this is a proud and focused heavy metal album that eschews current trends in favor of great songs, massive grooves, blazing lead breaks and a disarming air of combative euphoria.”  Another positive review came from Allmusic, when Gregory Heaney commented “with songwriting that emphasizes quality over quantity or complexity, the album feels more precise in it’s execution, with every moment expertly placed in order to serve the songs rather than show off the band’s musicianship (which is, as always, considerable).”

One of the most recognized songs by critics is “Strife.”  New Noise Magazine describes it as “an anthemic Shogun-esque track, with soaring riffs and a thick bass tone that captures Trivium at one of the high points of the album.”  Other impressive tracks are “Incineration: The Broken World” and “No Way To Heal,” which New Noise praised for their tempo changes and guitar solos.

This album is just overall epic and impressive.  The band may have made some of their older fans angry with their sung vocals and more mainstream sound but I feel like they made the right move.  By changing up their sound, they have managed to become more successful than ever to a larger audience than just the their die-hard fans.  I personally like that I can understand what the song is about and can even sing along if I chose to do so.  “Vengeance Falls” does not disappoint.  Check out some of the album’s biggest hits below.