Trivium Set Date For Ascendancy
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On March 1st TRIVIUM, will release "Ascendancy", their debut album for Roadrunner Records. Filled with brutal technical precision and buttressed by dual shredding guitars, blast beats and vocals that move from a scream to a croon, Ascendancy is a pure metal album in the truest sense of the word. Featuring the talents of Matt Heafy on Guitars/Vocals, Travis Smith on Drums, Corey Beaulieu on guitar and Paolo Gregoletto on bass, TRIVIUM is a band whose youth (Heafy is 18, the oldest member is 22) belies their sound. Currently, TRIVIUM is on the road with ILL NINO, 40 BELOW SUMMER and THE AUTUMN OFFERING previewing songs from "Ascendancy".
Musically, the Jason Suecof produced "Ascendancy" defies easy definition; possessing elements of thrash, progressive and hardcore metal to create a sound that is at once timeless and ahead of its time. Lyrically, the album is an open wound, skin peeled back to reveal the inner machinations of the 18 year old Heafy and the scars of his lost innocence.
“This album deals with many realizations based around this theme,” says Heafy. Ascendancy, to me, means the overcoming of life's obstacles-to rise above everything and overcome the corruption of the world around me.” The track “Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr”, a not-too-subtlely cloaked take on our government, describes a villainous tyrant who simply kills and destroy s at will, pushes his faith upon all, is hated by all world powers, yet is still loved by the people he rules. The chilling track “A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation” deals with the grim realities of domestic abuse and its cyclical realities. “Like Light to the Flies,” which appears on the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Vol. 2 compilation and the video for which received a number of spins on HBB already, is about people’s seemingly insatiable attraction to tragedy.
The album's artwork, created by Paul Romano (MASTODON) carries on the lyrical themes addressed throughout the album. The cover, a painting of a mythological creature coming out of its cocoon and rising from the ashes of a city below is the embodiment of "Ascendancy".
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