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Trivium – Silence In The Snow

Every Trivium release after Ascendancy has initially been met with some backlash by fans of the band. Pretty much every band by the album is solid, but every album is a departure from the previous one, so getting fixated on certain aspects of the sound of the band always leads to disappointment. That’s not to say that all criticism of their work is invalid, but there is always a yearning for older elements of the band’s sound from some. Yet, despite this, Trivium keep pushing forward, and with every album they change the shell around the core of their sound. Sometimes it works better than others, as the intricate and progressive Shogun was an absolute masterpiece, In Waves was their most diverse album, and while Vengeance Falls was met with some degree of negativity, its second half had some of the best songs they’ve ever written. Silence in the Snow  is the Florida quartet’s seventh album, and it sees them taking a different direction yet again, with a heavy bent towards traditional metal and the complete eschewing of screaming (which works out surprisingly well), and bringing back the elements of the fabled Shogun sound. And while the end result works more often than not, it’s a bit flawed. It’s hard to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of Silence in the Snow against each other, as they’re mostly disparate. The songs have structure issues, but the actual riffs that are in there are pretty great. Perhaps the easiest way to sort this out is to just lay the issues out there and let everyone sort them out for themselves. There is really one prime problem with this album, and everything else stems out from it. That problem is the reliance on choruses, or more specifically, song structures that emphasize choruses. Pretty much every song has a verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-chorus structure. Some of the best aspects of Trivium songs are “the riffs in between”, things that lead verses into choruses, interludes, pre-solo sections, et cetera. The band not having any screaming on this album is really no issue, as there aren’t any riffs that make one go “I wish there was some screaming here”, but that’s actually the root of the issue here. It’s not that the band are no longer doing harsh vocals, it’s that they’re not writing riffs that they normally play when they’re doing harsh vocals. And while the screaming isn’t really missed, the riffing is. Further exacerbating this issue is the fact that the choruses area repeated a lot, which makes the songs feel rather simplistic and repetitive. It’s also a problem when a lot of the songs have their verses start with the “guitar plays a note or two then stops, and Matt sings over a bassline” bit, which gets old even faster. While those issues sound a bit grave, when the album works, it really works. It has some of the best lines they’ve ever written. The riffing isn’t really the focus on most of the songs, the vocals are, and the riffing just provides a backdrop for the singing. While Matt Heafy isn’t the best singer out there, he’s better than he ever was (and he doesn’t rely heavily on pitch correction either, as live videos make very evident) and he pulls off a singing-driven album well. And while the complaints about choruses being too prevalent stands, they’re damn good choruses. It’s so easy to sing-along to everything in the album, and it’s all ridiculously catchy and memorable. The heavy metal influence is prevalent mostly on a few songs, whereas the rest are Shogun-era Trivium songs with the screaming bits cut out and the choruses emphasized. That album has been the holy grail for the band’s fanbase since its release, and this album brings back pretty much every aspect of that sound minus the heavier parts. The lack of more intense riffing probably partly due to the fact that the singing is a lot more difficult than what the band has done before, and Matt has to focus on his voice, which forces him to just play basic rhythms. The band mostly cover that up with great song writing, proving their claim they’ve been making for years that it’s not about how hard the riff you play is, but how good the riff sounds. And for guitar enthusiasts, the band still have neat riffs in some of the songs, and their solos, which every song has, are some of their best. Really, how much one enjoys this album will come down to what they’ve come to expect from Trivium over the years. If their image of the band was that of a metalcore band with screaming and melodeath-esque riffing, they will probably be disappointed. But if they liked Trivium for their melodies, Matt’s singing and the memorable lines, this album contains more of those than ever. They’ve brought back some of their best songwriting elements, and while the implementation is a bit flawed due to the simplistic structure of the songs, the end result is really good and is full of stupidly catchy riffs and choruses. In ways, Silence in the Snow is the “Black Album” of Trivium’s career, as it reflects a position in their musical progression similar to how that album was situated for Metallica . And while this might (rightfully) alienate some longtime fans, it’s just a different direction and not really a bad one. The aspects that are lacking are undeniable, but what’s here is also compelling in its own right. ? Trivium –  Silence In The Snow gets… 3.5/5 -NT

Top 20 Songs: Week of February 17-23, 2013

Photo by Dave Ma There’s a big shakeup at the top of the Loudwire Radio Top 20 Countdown this week. Just when it seemed like Deftones were knocking on the door to No. 1 last week, the band’s single ‘Tempest’ just got leapfrogged by Alice in Chains ‘ ‘Hollow,’ which makes a major move from No. 4 to No. 1. ‘Tempest’ holds strong at No. 2 for a second week, but their chances of taking that final step to reach the top of the charts just got a little more difficult. Meanwhile, All That Remains , who held the No. 1 spot for two weeks with ‘Stand Up,’ slide back to No. 3 this week. Elsewhere in the Top 5, Young Guns inch up a spot to No. 4 with ‘Bones,’ while Volbeat ‘s former No. 1 song, ‘Heaven Nor Hell,’ falls back two more spots to No. 5. While Alice in Chains moved three big notches to the top spot, they weren’t the biggest mover of the week. That title goes to Soundgarden ‘s ‘By Crooked Steps,’ which jumped up from No. 19 to No. 13 this week. The track actually traded spots with Five Finger Death Punch ‘s ‘The Pride,’ which took the biggest tumble, falling six notches to No. 19. And yes, there is one new track on the Loudwire Top 20 Countdown. Sevendust ‘s ‘Decay’ slips in at No. 18, pushing out Shinedown ‘s former chart-topper, ‘Enemies,’ from this week’s chart. Check out the full list of top 20 songs of this week’s countdown below and be sure to tune in and crank it up to rock out to Loudwire Radio this weekend. To find out where you can hear the countdown, click on the red button below. Loudwire Radio Top 20 Songs of the Week: 20. Green Day, ‘X-Kid’ 19. Five Finger Death Punch, ‘The Pride’ 18. Sevendust, ‘Decay’ 17. Hollywood Undead, ‘We Are’ 16. Otherwise, ‘I Don’t Apologize’ 15. Dave Grohl + Corey Taylor, ‘From Can to Can’t’ 14. P.O.D., ‘Higher’ 13. Soundgarden, ‘By Crooked Steps’ 12. Chevelle, ‘Same Old Trip’ 11. Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Carry On’ 10. 3 Doors Down, ‘One Light’ 9. Three Days Grace, ‘The High Road’ 8. Papa Roach, ‘Where Did the Angels Go’ 7. Halestorm, ‘Freak Like Me’ 6. Adelitas Way, ‘Alive’ 5. Volbeat, ‘Heaven Nor Hell’ 4. Young Guns, ‘Bones’ 3. All That Remains, ‘Stand Up’ 2. Deftones, ‘Tempest’ 1. Alice in Chains, ‘Hollow’ [button href=”http://loudwire.com/loudwire-radio-station-list/” title=”See Which Stations Air Loudwire Radio” align=”center”]

Top 20 Songs: Week of February 10-16, 2013

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com (2) The Loudwire Radio Top 20 is rocking hard this week. All That Remains  are spending a second week in the No. 1 position and holding strong, however Phil Labonte and his band may face a major challenge on next week’s charts. Deftones have been steadily moving up the charts in recent weeks and ‘Tempest’ is now knocking on the door to the top spot, moving up from No. 3 to No. 2. They flip-flop spots with former No. 1 act  Volbeat, who slide down from No. 2 to No. 3 with ‘Heaven Nor Hell.’ Alice in Chains ‘ ‘Hollow’ is also making strides toward the top of the charts, moving from No. 5 to No. 4 after a rapid ascent in recent weeks. And Young Guns make the biggest move on the charts this week, jumping up from No. 8 to No. 5 on the countdown. On the downward spiral, former No. 1 ‘Enemies’ from Shinedown slides six big notches from No. 14 to No. 20. This week also sees the debut of two new tracks. The ‘Sound City’ collaboration of Dave Grohl and Corey Taylor on ‘From Can to Can’t’ arrives at No. 18, with Soundgarden ‘s ‘By Crooked Steps’ one slot behind at No. 19. Soundgarden actually replaces one track with another as ‘Been Away Too Long’ along with Hinder ‘s ‘Save Me’ are the two songs leaving the countdown this week. Check out the full list of top 20 songs of this week’s countdown below and be sure to tune in and crank it up to rock out to Loudwire Radio this weekend. To find out where you can hear the countdown, click on the red button below. Loudwire Radio Top 20 Songs of the Week: 20. Shinedown, ‘Enemies’ 19. Soundgarden, ‘By Crooked Steps’ 18. Dave Grohl + Corey Taylor, ‘From Can to Can’t’ 17. Hollywood Undead, ‘We Are’ 16. Otherwise, ‘I Don’t Apologize’ 15. Green Day, ‘X-Kid’ 14. P.O.D., ‘Higher’ 13. Five Finger Death Punch, ‘The Pride’ 12. Chevelle, ‘Same Old Trip’ 11. Three Days Grace, ‘The High Road’ 10. 3 Doors Down, ‘One Light’ 9. Papa Roach, ‘Where Did the Angels Go’ 8. Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Carry On’ 7. Halestorm, ‘Freak Like Me’ 6. Adelitas Way, ‘Alive’ 5. Young Guns, ‘Bones’ 4. Alice in Chains, ‘Hollow’ 3. Volbeat, ‘Heaven Nor Hell’ 2. Deftones, ‘Tempest’ 1. All That Remains, ‘Stand Up’ [button href=”http://loudwire.com/loudwire-radio-station-list/” title=”See Which Stations Air Loudwire Radio” align=”center”]

Alice in Chains Unveil Title of New Album

Photo by Dave Ma Alice in Chains had a little fun yesterday (Feb. 13), asking fans to unscramble a collection of letters that once deciphered would reveal their album title, and the fans could then post their suggested titles to Instagram. But how many people actually came up with ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’? That is the title of the band’s new album, which is on target for a May release, as revealed in a message on the group’s website and social networking sites. The timing is perfect for Alice in Chains, who have a wealth of spring tour dates and festival appearances that should build the buzz by the time the disc drops. Alice in Chains announced a spring trek that runs April 25 – May 24 earlier this year. They’ll also be plenty busy headlining the Rocklahoma , Carolina Rebellion , Welcome to Rockville and Rock on the Range festivals, as well. The band has also been confirmed internationally for the Download Festival in England on June 15 and the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 19. The band is already off to a hot start with ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ album, with the lead single ‘ Hollow ‘ inching closer to the top of the charts. The group recorded the disc in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/alice-in-chains-hollow-video/” title=”Next: Watch Alice in Chains’ ‘Hollow’ Video” align=”center”]

Daily Reload: Randy Blythe, Black Sabbath + More

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire – Lamb of God ‘s Randy Blythe has returned home to the U.S. after visiting the Czech prison where he was detained. [ Loudwire ] – Black Sabbath are giving fans their first look inside the studio of their ’13′ album sessions with a video teaser. [ Loudwire ] – Guns N’ Roses , Alice in Chains + Korn have signed on to headline the 2013 Rocklahoma Festival. [ Loudwire ] – Maynard James Keenan provides an update on the progress of new Tool and A Perfect Circle records. [ Loudwire ] – Down will hit the road for a brief May trek through the Southeastern U.S. [ Loudwire ] – Get in a romantic mood by joining Ultimate Classic Rock in counting down the Top 10 Led Zeppelin Love Songs. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Roger Waters is adding a new song to ‘The Wall’ concert production. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Radiohead has booked time in September to begin work on their next studio album. [ Diffuser.fm ] – Kings of Leon , My Morning Jacket ‘s Jim James and The Shins are among the top acts performing at the 2013 Hangout Festival. [ Diffuser.fm ]

Top 20 Songs: Week of February 3-9, 2013

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com Volbeat ‘s ‘Heaven Nor Hell’ had a brief two-week stay at No. 1, but the band is giving up the top spot on this week’s Loudwire Top 20 Countdown to All That Remain ‘s steadily climbing single, ‘Stand Up.’ After hovering in the Top 5 for the last few weeks, the track finally reached the apex of the countdown, where it hopes to remain for a little while. Rounding out the Top 5 this week are Deftones ‘ ‘Tempest,’ which climbs a notch from No. 4 to No. 3; former No. 1 Avenged Sevenfold , whose ‘Carry On’ flip flops with Deftones to fall back from No. 3 to No 4; and Alice in Chains , who crack the Top 5 at No. 5 with ‘Hollow.’ There was some major movement in this week’s Top 20 Countdown. The biggest riser of the week was Halestorm ‘s ‘Freak Like Me,’ which leapt up from No. 13 to No. 9. Meanwhile, Chevelle ‘s ‘Same Old Trip’ took a fairly big tumble, dropping eight notches from No. 5 to No. 13 this week. As for new songs, Hollywood Undead liven things up with their latest single ‘We Are,’ which jumps into the countdown at No. 18. In the process of making their debut, the track knocked out former chart-topper ‘Absolute Zero’ from Stone Sour . Check out the top 20 songs of this week’s countdown below and be sure to tune in and crank it up with Loudwire Radio this weekend. To find out where you can hear the countdown, click the red button below. Loudwire Radio Top 20 Songs of the Week: 20. Soundgarden, ‘Been Away Too Long’ 19. Hinder, ‘Save Me’ 18. Hollywood Undead, ‘We Are’ 17. Otherwise, ‘I Don’t Apologize’ 16. Green Day, ‘X-Kid’ 15. P.O.D., ‘Higher’ 14. Shinedown, ‘Enemies’ 13. Chevelle, ‘Same Old Trip’ 12. Five Finger Death Punch, ‘The Pride’ 11. Three Days Grace, ‘The High Road’ 10. Papa Roach, ‘Where Did the Angels Go’ 9. Halestorm, ‘Freak Like Me’ 8. Young Guns, ‘Bones’ 7. Adelitas Way, ‘Alive’ 6. 3 Doors Down, ‘One Light’ 5. Alice in Chains, ‘Hollow’ 4. Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Carry On’ 3. Deftones, ‘Tempest’ 2. Volbeat, ‘Heaven Nor Hell’ 1. All That Remains, ‘Stand Up’ [button href=”http://loudwire.com/loudwire-radio-station-list/” title=”See Which Stations Air Loudwire Radio” align=”center”]

Alice in Chains + Limp Bizkit Headline Florida’s 2013 Welcome to Rockville Festival

Welcome to Rockville The Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville festival returns to Jacksonville, Fla., for its third year with a hard-rocking lineup headlined by Alice in Chains and hometown heroes  Limp Bizkit . The festival has expanded to two days — April 27 and 28 at Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River. Though the exact lineups for each day have yet to be revealed, Alice in Chains and Limp Bizkit will have solid support for the event. Jacksonville legends Lynyrd Skynyrd along with 3 Doors Down , Shinedown , Stone Sour , Three Days Grace , Papa Roach , Bullet for My Valentine , Halestorm , Buckcherry , Hollywood Undead , Skillet , All That Remains , Device and Asking Alexandria are also part of the bill. Fans can also look forward to sets from Escape the Fate , Filter , In This Moment , Steel Panther , Motionless in White , Pop Evil , Otherwise , Saving Abel , Nonpoint , Red , Young Guns , Thousand Foot Krutch , Gemini Syndrome, Girl on Fire and more over the two-day weekend. A special Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville ticket presale will take place Jan. 29 and 30 at Metro PCS stores, with tickets for the general public will go on sale Feb. 1 at Ticketmaster and the WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com website. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/alice-in-chains-2013-must-see-rock-concerts/” title=”Next: Check Out Other 2013 Must-See Rock Concerts” align=”center”]

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