The Sin and the Sentence

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The Sin and the Sentence
The Sin and the Sentence album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)
Studio Hybrid Studios in Santa Ana, California
Genre
Length57:18
Label Roadrunner
Producer Josh Wilbur
Trivium chronology
Silence in the Snow
(2015)
The Sin and the Sentence
(2017)
Singles from The Sin and the Sentence
  1. "The Sin and the Sentence"
    Released: August 1, 2017 [1]
  2. "The Heart from Your Hate"
    Released: August 24, 2017
  3. "Betrayer"
    Released: October 15, 2017 [2]
  4. "Endless Night"
    Released: April 9, 2018

The Sin and the Sentence is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium. It was released on October 20, 2017. The album is the first to feature fifth drummer Alex Bent (formerly of Battlecross and currently of Brain Drill and Dragonlord), who replaced drummer Paul Wandtke. With the release of the album's title track, this album would also mark the return of frontman Matt Heafy's screaming vocals since the band's 2013 album Vengeance Falls, which were completely absent from the band's previous album Silence in the Snow due to an injury which caused Heafy to blow out his voice. [3]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Trivium (band) American metal band

Trivium is an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released eight studio albums and over twenty singles. Their latest album, The Sin and the Sentence, was released on October 20, 2017. The band has sold over one million albums worldwide.

Alex Bent

Alex Bent is an American musician best known as the current drummer for heavy metal bands Trivium, Brain Drill, Arkaik and Dragonlord. Bent is a former drummer for Battlecross.

Contents

Upon its release, the album received critical acclaim, with the song "Betrayer" being nominated at 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019 for Best Metal Performance.

61st Annual Grammy Awards 61st Annual Grammy Awards for 2019

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The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". The ceremony was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.

Background

Following the release of Silence in the Snow , then-drummer Mat Madiro left the band. An established touring drummer Paul Wandtke took Madiro's place in Trivium. In January 2017, rumors began to circulate which suggested that Wandtke would be leaving the band and would be replaced by Alex Bent. After a short time, both parties would confirm Wandtke's departure from the band as well as Bent's involvement with them. [4]

<i>Silence in the Snow</i> 2015 studio album by Trivium

Silence in the Snow is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium. It was released on October 2, 2015. It is the first and only album to feature third drummer Mat Madiro, who joined the band in May 2014 and before he had departed from the band in December 2015. It is the band's only album to date to not feature any harsh vocals. Michael "Elvis" Baskette was hired as the producer whom the band had met while recording In Waves album back in 2011.

Mat Madiro American musician

Mathew Madiro is an American drummer. He is the current drummer for From Ashes to New and former drummer of heavy metal band Trivium.

Paul Wandtke

Paul Wandtke is an American musician, songwriter and producer who is the current drummer of heavy metal band Bedlem. In addition, Wandtke is lead vocalist and lead guitarist of grunge band Dead Original. He is a former drummer for Trivium and previously toured with Kill Hannah. Wandtke has been to over 48 countries as a professional drummer.

In late July 2017, The band began releasing teasers online with cryptic images, lyrical passages, and video clips, with the accompanying Roman numeral "VIII.I". This would later be confirmed as representing August 1, the release date for a new single, "The Sin and the Sentence", with both the song and accompanying music video featuring Bent on drums. [5] A second series of online teasers by the band would come just a few weeks afterwards, utilizing similar cryptic video clips with accompanying lyrical passages. This led to the eventual release of a second single, titled "The Heart from Your Hate". The song was first premiered exclusively on Octane on August 23. The next day, the band released both the song and a music video worldwide, as well as the track listing and release date for their eighth album, titled The Sin and the Sentence, on which both singles would be featured. [6]

Octane (Sirius XM)

Octane is an Active Rock radio station on Sirius XM Satellite Radio channel 37 and Dish Network channel 6037. As a part of the Sirius XM Merger, Octane replaced the XM station SquiZZ on XM channel 48 and DirecTV channel 835. The channel has pure explicit music content that isn't freely heard on most FM radio rock stations, and its musical focus is active rock, playing artists that are new and emerging alongside with familiar active rock acts that are already popular. Octane's music directory consists of artists like Shinedown, Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Alice in Chains, Drowning Pool, Nonpoint, Nickelback, Saliva, Tool, System of a Down, Three Days Grace, Evanescence, Anthrax, Rammstein, Rage Against the Machine, 10 Years, Five Finger Death Punch, Down, Staind, Godsmack, Korn, Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, Static-X, Fear Factory, Audioslave, Seether, Slipknot, 12 Stones, Avenged Sevenfold, Otep, Bring Me the Horizon, Killswitch Engage, Limp Bizkit, Skillet, and Fuel. Octane plays a well developed new hard rock and alternative metal style of active rock radio music, similar to that played on most hard rock-leaning terrestrial radio stations in the United States, similar to the old Squizz on XM. Octane had the most fans of any Sirius XM Satellite Radio station on Facebook with over 200,000.

The song "The Wretchedness Inside" is taken from a demo Heafy ghostwrote for a different band in 2014. The song was never used, so the band re-recorded the song which appeared on The Sin and the Sentence instead. [7]

In an interview with hardDrive, Heafy stated that the working title for the album was "The Revanchist" and that the album was going to have gold and neon colors, however those plans were changed once Heafy's wife, Ashley, presented the band with symbols for each accompanying song. The band then decided to use that artwork instead. [8]

hardDrive with Lou Brutus is a two-hour, weekly rock radio show hosted by rock radio veteran Lou Brutus. It is syndicated by United Stations Radio Networks and broadcasts on over 90 stations nationwide. Music industry veteran Roxy Myzal produced both hardDrive, since its early upbringings in 1996, until her retirement at the end of 2017.

Musical style

In an interview, bassist Paolo Gregoletto stated that new material is more 'extreme' and that the band would return to featuring screaming vocals on the new album, [9] while blast beats, used for the first time since their 2011 album In Waves , are featured in the title track, "Beyond Oblivion", and "Betrayer". Speaking about the album at the Bandit Rock Q&A session, Paolo Gregoletto said that the album is "the perfect culmination of what we've been doing throughout the years", saying the band found a way to balance their heavy side with their melodic side. [10] 7-string guitars are once again being used on The Sin and the Sentence, with the album being referred to as thrash metal, [11] [12] [13] heavy metal, [12] [14] and progressive metal; [15] hearkening back to the sound of Ascendancy , Shogun , Silence in the Snow [16] and In Waves . [17] Paolo also goes on to say this album was not only one the band made for themselves as metal fans, but for loyal fans who have followed the band for years. [18]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
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The Sin and the Sentence received critical acclaim.

Metal Hammer awarded the album four out of five stars, saying the album is "the first to meld every previous release into a 'very best of Trivium'" and praised the band that "determined to absorb all of their past and better it, showing once and for all who they are and what Trivium are: quite simply one of the best bands in modern metal." [20]

Loudwire gave the album a positive review, noting the album's variety in featuring heavy, aggressive songs and ambitious songs as well as more melodic and accessible tracks, concluding that "Their songwriting and musicianship are as strong as they have ever been, with The Sin and the Sentence delivering a quality listen from beginning to end." [25]

Decibel also wrote an editorial in which they recommended that readers "Give the new Trivium album a chance" despite acknowledging that the band's style of metal might not align with many of their readers' preferences, and highlighted the song "Betrayer", writing "Heroic guitar harmonies! Screaming vocals! Clean-singing choruses that stay in your head for hours! This is what I look for in a Trivium song." [26]

AllMusic wrote a positive review, noting that "the band has never sounded more confident, delivering a positively lethal 11-song set that strikes the perfect balance between unhinged and meticulously crafted." They also added that "the addition of Bent, a powerhouse, hammer-of-the-gods-style kit man, and the newfound conviction of vocalist Matt Heafy, seem to have put a charge into the group, and that "The riffage is meaner and leaner, and the songs themselves -- especially the singles 'Heart from Your Hate' and the combustible title track—feel both lived-in and visceral, with highlights arriving via the serpentine, gang-vocal-led 'Beyond Oblivion' and the throat-mangling closer 'Thrown Into the Fire'". [19]

Track listing

All tracks written by Trivium.

No.TitleLength
1."The Sin and the Sentence [lower-alpha 1] "6:23
2."Beyond Oblivion"5:17
3."Other Worlds"4:50
4."The Heart from Your Hate"4:04
5."Betrayer"5:27
6."The Wretchedness Inside"5:32
7."Endless Night"3:38
8."Sever the Hand"5:26
9."Beauty in the Sorrow"4:31
10."The Revanchist"7:17
11."Thrown Into the Fire"5:29
Total length:57:18
Note
  1. The digital version of the album cut out the intro of this song, making it a length of 5:49.

Personnel

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. [28]

Trivium
Additional musicians
Production

Charts

Chart (2017)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [29] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [30] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [31] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [32] 41
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [33] 11
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) [34] 9
French Albums (SNEP) [35] 71
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [36] 12
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) [37] 28
Irish Albums (IRMA) [38] 35
Italian Albums (FIMI) [39] 84
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [40] 33
Portuguese Albums (AFP) [41] 32
Scottish Albums (OCC) [42] 12
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) [43] 43
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [44] 21
UK Albums (OCC) [45] 18
US Billboard 200 [46] 23
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [47] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [48] 3

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