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Trivium – The Sin And The Sentence Review

Released by: Roadrunner Records

Release Date: October 20th, 2017

Genre: Metal




Matt Heafy | guitars/vocals
Corey Beaulieu | guitars
Paolo Gregoletto | guitars
Alex Bent | bass / vocals



01. The Sin And The Sentence
02. Beyond Oblivion
03. Other Worlds
04. The Heart From Your Hate
05. Betrayer
06. The Wretchedness Inside
07. Endless Night
08. Sever The Hand
09. Beauty In The Sorrow
10. The Revanchist
11. Thrown Into The Fire


The latest 11 track offering from Orlando, Florida’s TRIVIUM titled The Sin And The Sentence is full of hooks and technical brutality that both old and new fans of the band will enjoy. 

TRIVIUM is an example of what it means to steadfastly stay true to your vision. Since forming in Orlando, Florida in 1999, the American heavy metal act has released eight studio albums so far with this latest offering adding to their back roster.  The Sin And The Sentence hit back with the band returning to form in a heavier and more chaotic release which reminded us of their earlier work on Ascendancy and In Waves.  One of the biggest changes is the introduction of the band’s new drummer Alex Bent who adds a heavier layer to the mix with his wide use of drumming techniques and impressive talent.

Influencing many of today’s biggest metal acts in the Metal Core genre without ever ceasing to push their own signature sound and desire to not record similar sounding albums TRIVIUM, have reinvented themselves again with The Sin And The Sentence.

The Sin And The Sentence is a fresh breath back to what some may regard as the classic TRIVIUM sound from their earlier albums.  It offers the same hooks and riffs that fans expect without going into an overly radio-friendly approach like the previous release Silence In The Snow.

“I was really interested in the culture online of people piling on people. I was trying to think of the culture we’re in now, but using the metaphor of the witch hunts, bassist Paolo Gregoletto explains to Metal Hammer when asked about how the band came up with the album title. The Sin And The Sentence, I had to riff, and I was on a plane, listening to it over and over and over again, and that phrase came into my head. It fit perfectly.”

The Sin And The Sentence mix the old Metal Core roots of the band with the modern electronic clean sound that their last releases incorporated.  This latest release has a more experimental and progressive feel in especially in the vast vocal range of singer Matt Heafy in tracks like “Betrayer” where the singing shifts from very clear clean to the heavier growls that old fans will be familiar with.

The production adds a modern feel in tracks like “Beyond Oblivion” but also more depths to the sound of The Sin And The Sentence which is mainly down to the producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). In this record fans of the producers, previous work will also enjoy the sound of this album, as it’s got a clear modern feel throughout, with really great mastering and production.

Some fans have argued about this band changing their sound recently but it seems that they have developed their original sound into the modern setting with great production in The Sin And The Sentence.  The fan base expands young and old, genders and a wide range of music fans because of the band’s approach.  This is ultimately due to the band standing behind these songs when playing them live and the fact that they have never tried to be something they’re not. 

We believe that this latest release is on par with Shogun and Ascendancy with closing tracks like Thrown Into The Fire.  This was a highlight of listening to the album back to back in terms of technical riff abilities from Corey Beaulieu and new drummer Alex Bent.  The track took us back to 2008 with the tempo changes and the heavy impact it delivers which brought back memories of the Dying In Your Arms era especially with the solos and wah effects towards the end.  We imagine this track will go down great live should the band choose to include it in their setlist, it seems a no-brainer.

Trivium The Sin And The Sentence is out now through Roadrunner Records and all good record stores.  I think that all old and new fans will enjoy picking up this album and attending the bands upcoming shows which can be found here:


Written by: David Bell

Rating: 8/10


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