Sound: Following on from 2008's "Shogun", Trivium are back with "In Waves" - an album that takes them back to the days of "Ascendancy". I would think that the majority of Trivium fans agree that "The Crusade" was the work of a band trying to be accepted into the mainstream and forgetting the signature sound that thrust them into the public eye with "Ascendancy". If Shogun was the starting point in the revival of that sound then "In Waves" is the continuation and growth that we have wanted since 2004 and it's evident that the band have gone back to the writing and recording formula used on "Ascendancy". Gone is the Metallica comparison and in it's place Trivium have finally established their sound. The brutal screams are back, mixed in tightly with Heafy's improved vocals and this is perfectly complimented by new drummer Nick Augusto's blistering drumming. Corey Beaulieu is on fine form performing some gorgeous solos and riffs and Paulo Gregoletto is ever steady on bass.
This album is a report from Robert Fripp's guitar craft courses he gave in the 1980's, where he in a tight schedule disciplined the course attendees to approach their instrument from a new angle provided; His own tuning system was introduced, and with only a little time for sleeping the course attendees were educated to be the most committed players.
Dennis Kolen's clear voice perfectly blends with the subtle arranged instruments and sensitive harmonies. The songs are intense, by turns moving or uplifting in a well-chosen balance. The people at Stockfisch produced a real superior sound quality.