Trivium – What the Dead Men Say

Trivium have had a colorful career. From blowing up in 2005 with their sophomore release Ascendancy to creating a widely beloved genre-defying masterpiece in Shogun, they’ve known various heights of acclaim. In Waves is also generally quite well-lived, but then things got a bit shakier. They went through various drummers, frontman Matt Heafy had problems with his voice, and some of their albums weren’t as widely appealing as their older work. To some, this might sound like the story of a band past their prime. That’s not necessarily true, as none of their albums in this period were bad per se, but the reception from the fans was more mixed. Every new album would get compared to heights of previous releases.

All of that changed in 2017; things took a turn. With the release of The Sin And The Sentence everything seemed to align and bring the band to new heights. They found a new drummer that elevated their sound in Alex Bent, they found a new sound that elevated their recent trajectory, and Matt’s Twitch streaming career took off, growing the band’s audience in new ways. Of course, with every major milestone album in a band’s career, one question lingers: What happens next?

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Into the Pit – First Quarter 2020

Howdy headbangers! Josh here, I’m officially taking over Into the Pit while Pete’s off trying to make the world a better place and whatnot. This means two things: a) it’s gonna get a whole lot groovier around here, and b) subheadings! The best quarterly releases from the world of thrash…

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Drain – California Cursed

When did hardcore stop being fun? Not to start this review with a sweeping generalization, but it feels like the mainstream music press has been fawning over a wave of “edgy, “unique” hardcore for the sake of celebrating something different. I’m all about infusing adventurous songwriting into the hardcore and…

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Sylosis – Cycle of Suffering

Do you like riffs? Josh Middleton likes riffs, and he and Sylosis have a truck-load of killer riffs (and some sad piano) to throw at you on their colossal comeback record Cycle of Suffering. For a while it seemed like 2015’s Dormant Heart might have been the last Sylosis record.…

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Sepultura – Quadra

Quadra is Sepultura’s best album since Roots (1996). That might seem like a trite assessment, since the same has often been said about each of their albums since at least Kairos (2011), and has also arguably been true of all of their albums since Roorback (2003). Nevertheless, the fact remains…

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Hazzerd – Delirium

There are few things in the metal world that range as wide as thrash metal. Thrash runs the gamut from the serious to the silly. Progressive and technical thrash bands write sprawling epics about deep emotional, sociological, or political ideas, and there are crossover thrash bands who spit on the…

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Meshiaak – Mask Of All Misery

Meshiaak’s debut album, Alliance of Thieves (2016), is one of the best thrash metal albums to ever come out of Australia. A supergroup of sorts, featuring current and ex-members of 4Arm and Terramaze, the Melbourne outfit perfectly blended groove and melody to deliver a record that simultaneously exceeded the bounds…

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