In Waves

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  • Summary: The Floridian heavy metal band releases their fifth studio album.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Kerrang!
    Aug 24, 2011
    80
    In Waves draws from the band's entire repertoire and shapes what it finds into a defining and definitive set. [6 Aug 2011, p.50]
  2. Aug 8, 2011
    80
    Song after song whips by, wedding equal doses of neo-thrash aggression and accessibility, represented by frontman Matt Heafy's alternating clean and gruff vocals as well as his and fellow guitarist Corey Beaulieu's jagged staccato riffs and tight-knit harmonies.
  3. Q Magazine
    Aug 22, 2011
    80
    Blunt, focused and inventive, it's as near to classic metal as Trivium have been. [Sep 2011, p.110]
  4. Aug 4, 2011
    60
    An inconsistent record with flashes of brilliance, In Waves should keep diehard Trivium fans happy.
  5. 60
    What's disheartening about In Waves is its lack of a clear identity; the band seem to be targeting too much at once.
  6. Aug 9, 2011
    60
    In Waves is not Trivium's finest moment by any stretch of the imagination but it does point towards the band having found direction and its own voice for the first time in quite a while.
  7. Aug 4, 2011
    40
    In Waves is as overproduced and mercilessly polished as modern metal gets, and all the worse for it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 18, 2011
    10
    PurplePlain is a complete retard and has no idea what music is. This album is bringing the Ascendency style back, which is what they'vePurplePlain is a complete retard and has no idea what music is. This album is bringing the Ascendency style back, which is what they've desperately needed to do. Shogun was by far the worst album because Matt Heafy turned into a James Hetfield wannabee and the band sounded exactly like Metallica who of which are one of Trivium's main influences. PurplePlain, you can shove your opinion up your ass! Expand
  2. Aug 18, 2011
    10
    PurplePlains obviously like bands like Cold Play and Yellow Card and has not a damn clue what he is talking about!! In Waves is a great album,PurplePlains obviously like bands like Cold Play and Yellow Card and has not a damn clue what he is talking about!! In Waves is a great album, a must buy with 18 solid tracks. HamWallet I couldn't have said it better myself. Im tired of clowns like Purple getting on here leaving crappy reviews on good talented bands. Purple you suck go home tonight and watch Daniel The Wizard your favorite movie right? Expand
  3. NKM
    Aug 16, 2011
    9
    Once again, Trivium recorded a brilliant album. Matt's vocals have improved compared to previous releases. Guitar work is great as always. ButOnce again, Trivium recorded a brilliant album. Matt's vocals have improved compared to previous releases. Guitar work is great as always. But still, they can't top Ascendancy which will, as it seems, always be their best work. Top tracks: Caustic Are The Ties That Bind and Forsake Not The Dream but others are almost good as these two. All in all, fans should be pleased. Well done, Trivium. Expand
  4. Nov 2, 2015
    9
    Trivium moves away from the thrash metal sound of "The Crusade" and "Shogun" in favor of an album that hearkens back to their Ascendancy days.Trivium moves away from the thrash metal sound of "The Crusade" and "Shogun" in favor of an album that hearkens back to their Ascendancy days. As a result more unclean vocals and deep screams can be found. The lyrical game has stepped into territory that expresses themes like inner turmoil and emotional distress. The album has a more personal feel because of that.

    Plenty of nice twists add some variety to the overall album. Different spikes in the types of energy each track offers is noticeable. For instance "Watch The World Burn" is more likely to get you pumped and excited, while the title track "In Waves" feels more aggressive. The track "Of All These Yesterdays" carries a more solemn tone due to the slower use of clean vocals and instrumentals. It's easily the most emotional song on the album.

    I have to give special praise to Trivium's always excellent instrumental game. They excellently amplify whatever tone or emotional response Trivium wants you to get from each song. They also aren't afraid to shake it up in some unexpected ways. The opening to "Forsake Not the Dream" sounds like straight out of a rock song before opening up into the metal sound we expect from the band. It's as always impressive work.

    Trivium gives us a blast from the past with this album. However it's not just more Ascendancy. This is a further improvement and expansion on the sound from that album. Not all fans will appreciate the deviation away from the trash metal of their previous two albums, but those of us who wanted more songs like the ones on Ascendancy can rejoice. Even those not totally backing this return to form shouldn't have too much of a problem enjoying metal this well polished.

    I give "In Waves" a near-perfect score of 9.9/10.
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  5. Jan 25, 2016
    8
    A very solid and respectable album that you should listen to I quite like the songs In Waves, Watch the World Burn, Black, Built to Fall andA very solid and respectable album that you should listen to I quite like the songs In Waves, Watch the World Burn, Black, Built to Fall and Of All These Yesterdays. I would recommend listening to these five songs and then choose whether to listen to the whole album or not but if you do you won't be disappointed. Expand
  6. Aug 20, 2011
    8
    Evolving and changing their core sound has always been natural for Trivium, with every new record we've been given a new experience, whetherEvolving and changing their core sound has always been natural for Trivium, with every new record we've been given a new experience, whether bad or good. Thankfully In Waves is a step forward for the band, the songs do not posses the shredding guitar work of previous records but the songs themselves are crafted with such care that the their quality really shines through. Just listen to songs such as "watch the world burn" or "Inception of the end" using YouTube and it becomes apparent. Overall a strong effort which will satisfy most fans of Trivium but will also alienate some as the new sound continues to push Trivium further and further away from their roots, which for some, will be a big disappointment. A good record that deserves to be added to your collection. Expand
  7. Aug 9, 2011
    6
    It's Trivium. And as a fan of their music since Ember To Inferno, I think it's a decent album. They haven't been able to top themselves at allIt's Trivium. And as a fan of their music since Ember To Inferno, I think it's a decent album. They haven't been able to top themselves at all though, and it's probably their worst album yet, but I still like it, at least a little. Expand

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