Every Trivium Album, Ranked Worst To Best

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When it comes to the modern age of metal, Trivium is easily one of the biggest bands around. Since forming in 1999, Trivium have taken the metal world by storm and offered metalheads a plethora of killer albums. Band frontman Matt Heafy has become one of the most recognizable voices in metal (not too mention he is an excellent guitarist).

Trivium are on the road now for the 2022 Metal Tour Of The Year and Heafy will be releasing his debut album Rashomon from his black metal project Ibaraki on May 6th. Given that Trivium is on tour and this exciting new release from Heafy on the way, we thought it might be worth revisiting the Trivium studio discography and ranking their albums from worst to best.

If you have read our Mastodon album ranking list, then you know how this list is supposed to function; in case you haven’t checked that list out yet though, here is what our goal is regarding this Trivium list:

This ranking is to display which of Trivium’s albums stand the test of time best, what each album offers in artistic expression, and how each best represents Trivium. Ultimately, we wanted to create a ranking that displays the best of Trivium’s artistry and how they’ve grown as a band. This is of course our own personal ranking, so if your take is different than ours, shout off in the comments and let us know your picks!

Without further ado – here is our ranking of Trivium albums!

10. The Crusade 

The Crusade is an awkward record to talk about when it comes to Trivium albums. Is it heavy? Yes. Is it technically solid in terms of performance and production? Yes. But, when you look at the already impressive debut the band put out with 2003’s Ember To Inferno, then the incredible leap in quality that took place with 2005’s AscendancyThe Crusade feels a tad repetitive. It doesn’t provide much of a leap or unique take compared to what the band have done, just more of the heavy driven direction they have done prior.

9. Ember To Inferno 

Trivium’s 2003 studio album debut makes for an impressive entrance into the world of heavy music. Ember To Inferno displays several of the great qualities that would only go on to blossom throughout Trivium’s career; the band’s thrashing riffs, their melodic and heartfelt progressions that blend somber energies into that heavier playing, Heafy’s use of screaming and singing – all present here. Back when this album came out, Ember To Inferno proved that Trivium were a band to keep a look out for.

8. In the Court of the Dragon

The band’s latest studio album, In the Court of the Dragon, is a solid release that continues to follow the Trivium formula of presenting epic and melodic metal. But while In the Court of the Dragon does feature strong songwriting and performances, it also displays the band in a repetitive state. Coming off of 2017’s The Sin and the Sentence and 2020’s What the Dead Men Say, there is little growth or change in the Trivium sound when it comes to this album. Some may argue that, if the Trivium formula to creating awesome music isn’t broken, then why fix it? But for a band that has displayed some superb moments of artistic growth, it would have been nice to see a stylistic shift, or even a desire to experiment a little more when it comes to In the Court of the Dragon.

7. Shogun

While Shogun also displays a repetitive air similar to that of The Crusade, it does set itself apart by playing more into the greater melodic qualities that Trivium would go on to embrace with each following record. It captures the ferocity of Ascendancy, pulls a little from Ember To Inferno, but it also shows the band growing even more in their artistry. While Ascendancy is a big fan favorite among many fans, you’re more likely to find a lot of the greater elements that have shaped Trivium within Shogun.

6. Vengeance Falls

Picking up after 2011’s In Waves, 2013’s Vengeance Falls is a Trivium album brimming with bangers. It may not be the most sonically diverse work in the band’s discography, but damn does it have a plethora of exhilarating and thrashing cuts. Possibly one of the most high-octane experiences that Trivium have delivered, Vengeance Falls displays the band moving forth in the grander melodic direction that was established on In Waves. Straying away from generically straight forward compositions, this album makes for a promising step forward as to what is to come from Trivium.

5. What the Dead Men Say

Pulling sonic qualities from the likes of In Waves, Silence in the Snow, and The Sin and the SentenceWhat the Dead Men Say makes for a powerful take on the modern Trivium formula. Though it does lean into some repetitive elements found among those aforementioned records, What the Dead Men Say does make for some of the tightest and most engaging work that Trivium have ever presented to audiences.

4. Silence in the Snow

2015’s Silence in the Snow marks one of the greater stylistic shifts to take place within Trivium’s signature sound. Abandoning the use of Heafy’s harsher vocals – given that he was struggling with issues related to his voice at the time – Silence in the Snow captures unique angel to Trivium’s theatrical presentation. Relatively slower at times, and with much more buildup taking place among select songs, Trivium present their fans with an additional layer to what has since become the “new” Trivium sound; since this album’s release, the band have made more efforts to create songs that provide attention to buildup, offering vary degrees of pacing through song structure. In other words, this album helped push the band to grow on a technical level, allowing them to create much more sonically diverse material moving forward.

3. Ascendancy 

When this album came out in 2005 it blew the metal world away. Coming off the band’s mostly metalcore leaning studio album debut, Ascendancy made for a remarkable and welcoming shock. Playing off the thrash elements found on Ember To Inferno, Ascendancy shows off a band that have profoundly sharpened their skills. Ascendancy displays superb songwriting, along with tight and masterful performances – all coming together to offer a record of breathtaking thrills and emotion. The thrash elements found throughout this album capture the spirit of classic thrash acts that came before Trivium, but also sound fresh and newly reinvigorated (as compared to those older bands). An absolute classic of early 2000s metal and an important entry in the cannon of America’s New Wave of Heavy Metal. To this day, Ascendancy holds up wonderfully.

2. The Sin and the Sentence

At the time of this writing, The Sin and the Sentence is one among the three most recent albums that Trivium has released; among those releases, and considering how the Trivium sound has changed overtime, this album best captures the band’s technical and dynamic range. That isn’t to say anything negative to What The Dead Men Say, but The Sin and the Sentence offers a much greater look at what Trivium have learned from their past, while also displaying a desire to grow and experiment. The album provides the intense thrash of Trivium, their beautiful touches of metalcore melody, as well as their ability to exude palpable atmosphere through their instrumentation. It’s an album that incorporates the atmospheric touches heard on 2015’s Silence in the Snow alongside the heavier traits that have been with the band since their beginnings.

1. In Waves

This record not only marks the most important shift in Trivium’s artistic career, it also embodies all the best qualities that represent Trivium to this day. After the remarkable work that made for 2005’s Ascendancy, and releasing two good (if not somewhat repetitive) records afterwards, Trivium released In Waves in 2011. In Waves not only pulls from the band’s love for thrash and metalcore elements, it also highlights the more grandiose theatrical and atmospheric qualities the band would come to use greatly in Silence in the Snow and other following albums. For several of the great Trivium albums that would come later on after the release of In Waves, one can point to the root of each one’s best traits stemming from this album. This album is very much the culmination of what Trivium have done before, but also shows off a desire to experiment and elevate their craft. From Ember To Inferno to In the Court of the Dragon – you can point to In Waves and hear all of Trivium.

It is the one album that best sums up the band, that provides everything great they are capable of doing today.

So that’s our ranking of the Trivium albums! How much do you agree or disagree with our ranking? What is your ranking of the Trivium albums? Make sure to catch the band on 2022 Metal Tour Of The Year featuring them alongside Lamb of God, Megadeth, and In Flames. Also don’t miss out on Matt Heafy’s black metal project Ibaraki, and his debut album Rashomon (which releases May 6th).

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Words by: Michael Pementel