Over the course of eight full-length albums and nearly 20 years as a band, Trivium has strayed from the straight-ahead metalcore of its early days. Some fans may have written the band off like bad debt, but plenty stayed along for the ride as it veered into a more accessible sound. And recent album sales suggest plenty of new ones were happy to jump on board.
Truth is, accessibility isn’t a terrible thing if it means writing better songs and stretching at the boundaries of extreme metal. And on last year’s lauded The Sin and the Sentence
, Trivium did both. The band still traffics in whiplash tempos, life-is-pain screams and surgically precise riffing, but it also benefits from melody and nuance. Singer Matt Heafy’s clean vocals have a confidence and maturity that prevent them from sounding like a cut-and-paste afterthought — something a lot of other metal bands could learn from.
If nothing else, it should be fun to see these guys execute some of the most challenging material of their career live.
$20-$119, Fri Jul 20, 6pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E Houston St., alamocitymusichall.com.
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