Ranking Albums: Part 1 – Metalcore, NWOAHM and Melodic Metal of the ‘00s.

Hate list features? Feel free to skip this article and others in this series. Here I’ll be doing a run down, buyer’s guide, what’s hot and what’s not, best to worst, whatever kind of way you want to call it… I’ll be ranking the albums by certain bands in order from Best (aka. My subjective favourite) to Worst/Least Good (subjectively, in my opinion)… and then pretending it is a factual list of truth and wisdom. Number 1 is obviously the best. The lowest number, well, I think you’ve seen enough of these types of articles over the years to gather where this is going…

I’ll chose one band per day.

DAY 1 – TRIVIUM:

01. The Sin & The Sentence (2017)

Their most energetic, savage, exciting and interesting record. The performances are the best of their career, and the new drummer is the best they’ve ever had. A near flawless album and my definite recommendation for your first Trivium album.

Best songs: Betrayer, The Sin & The Sentence, The Wretchedness Inside.

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02. Shogun (2008)

Their most technically accomplished and ambitious album. The songs are bursting with ideas and go in multiple directions. The album can be considered their ‘…And Justice For All’ in terms of song construction and complexity.

Best songs: Insurrection, Like Callisto’ , Into The Mouth Of Hell’

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03. Silence In The Snow (2015)

The best version of them going melodic, with crazily good vocals and damn catchy melodies. Big in Germany! Not their heaviest effort to date, but certainly one of their catchiest. It will also speak more to the Maiden and Hammerfall fans more than earlier records would, if aforementioned fans are usually put off by Metalcore.

Best songs: Silence In The Snow, The Thing That’s Killing Me, Pull Me From The Void.

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04. Ascendancy (2005)

The classic, the fan favourite, the one in all the Top 100 lists. It has a lot of their most recognisable songs, and for years made up a large portion of concert setlists. The Download Festival performance from the album’s live cycle is talked about in hallowed tones in certain circles. No further explanation needed.

Best songs: A Gunshot’ , Like Light To The Flies, Pull Harder’

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05. In Waves (2011)

Going back to my review from the time, I was a bit skeptical about it, but I can’t imagine why now. The title track is one of the best songs of their career. There is such a good mixture of catchy and heavy throughout the album, and a good mixture of simple and complex. A real good stylistic summary of the previous 4 albums melded together, executed with very memorable tunes.

Best songs: In Waves, Black, Caustic Are The Ties That Bind

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06. The Crusade (2006)

The first of the critical flops. Not as bad as people would have you believe. They’ve made better albums over the years, but there’s still a lot to love on here. ‘Becoming The Dragon’ is a perfect song.  

Best songs: Becoming The Dragon, Tread The Floods.

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07. Vengeance Falls (2013)

This one got a lot of criticism in the press because Disturbed’s David Draiman produced it and it was a bit commercial sounding. Didn’t seem to affect them live at the time, they were killer when touring this record and songs from it live held up well. Again, its not perfect, and it can be a bit repetitive, but it isn’t a disaster like people make it out to be.

Best songs: Through Blood And Dirt And Bone, At The End Of This War.

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08. Ember To Inferno (2003)

The debut album is a fair example of the style and direction of Ascendancy, but the songs aren’t quite as good yet. Its definitely worth checking out, and a good addition to a fan’s collection, but shouldn’t be your first Trivium album as a newcomer, its good, but its not all the way there yet.

Best songs: Pillars Of Serpents, Requiem.

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??. What The Dead Men Say. (2020)

[The new album is too new to fairly position, but I estimate it will probably end up in the top half, depending on how long the metaphorical flavour stays in the chewing gum long term. If you want to know what I think prior to that, check out my recent review].

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