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Best Albums of the 2010s: Number 3 - "In Waves" by Trivium

My number three album of the last ten years is one which does come with a number of caveats. This is a full on metal album, an therefore those who aren't fans of the genre will struggle here. Also,unlike the two which immediately precede it, "Lux Prima" & "Back Roads & Abandoned Motels" this album does have some inessential songs, and preclude me from describing it as a perfect album , which all of the rest of my top five I would consider to be.
However, however... 

This is easily my favourite metal album of all time, and whilst it is clearly not "Master of Puppets" or "Number of The Beast" it is the metal album I would chose if I could have only one. Sure, a few tracks could easily be culled with no detriment to the album, "Dusk Dismantled", "Drowning In Slow Motion" and "Chaos Reigns" are hardly essential.

But the highs are so high they outweigh these minor quibbles. The title track has become the bands encore closer, simply because there is nowhere else to go afterwards. I even have this as the ringtone for my phone!
The energy and power is off the scale, and frontman Matt Heafy is a fantastic singer, (and guitarist). They have yet to match these heights since, although "The Sin and the Sentence" gets pretty close. Highlights? Along, obviously, with the title track "Watch The World Burn", "Black", "Built To Fall", "Caustic Are The Ties That Bind" and especially " A Grey So Dark" would all be on my dream Trivium setlist.
This album is not one that is going to convert non-metal fans, but if you like the heavy stuff do yourself a favour and check this out. Like I said above this is my all time favourite metal album, and since getting this gem back in 2011 I've seen the band on each tour they've done, (and they are superb live), and look forward to seeing them again when they hit the road to support upcoming album "What The Dead Men Say".

"A grey so dark I lose myself and embrace the end......."

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