Trivium - Shogun
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2008 Ratings: #489 / 779
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2008 Ratings: #34
Liked by 6 people
September 30, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roadrunner / Label
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Trivium’s fourth entry sees the boys reinvent themselves as an even heavier, thrashier and more technical band, setting themselves apart from their metalcore peers. This album is near perfect, top to bottom. The lyrical themes drawn from Matt Heafy’s interest in his japanese lineage and mythology create an interesting dynamic with japanese inspired scales. The boys opted for 7 string guitars and lower tunings, bringing a more doom inspired energy. Songs like Kirisute Gomen, Torn ... read more
i'm gonna be straight with y'all, this did not impress. I won't deny that the guitar playing and drumming are insanely tight, technically impressive, and all around great. That being said though, a lot of the compositions on this album sound deeply uninspired and overproduced, not to mention the corny, anthemic choruses. Not only that, but the vocals contain almost no unique qualities, falling into the same category as Godsmack's obnoxiously over pronounced, deep voiced, basic-ass 2000's rock ... read more
Wow this surprised me. I mean I'd heard it was good, but I wasn't expecting this level of quality considering the last I had heard from Trivium was the extremely tedious In Waves. I'm glad that this album was as good as it was.

This album feels like the world is ending, but not in the doom metal super depressing kind of way, more like a dramatic "there's still time to save the world" kind of way, like in an anime which is funny considering the Japanese influences here (or maybe it ... read more
Not good.
Trivium making an incredibly heavy (for their style) album that is full of references to Japanese culture and general mythology? Sounds like a sure fire way to make one of the best albums of anyone's career.the album also sees Matt focusing a bit more on sung choruses which is where the band shines.
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Track List

  1. Kirisute Gomen
  2. Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis
  3. Down From the Sky
  4. Into the Mouth of Hell We March
  5. Throes of Perdition
  6. Insurrection
  7. The Calamity
  8. He Who Spawned the Furies
  9. Of Prometheus and the Crucifix
  10. Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven
  11. Shogun
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