Review by Tammy Lomax for MPM
In The Court Of The Dragon’ is the latest single released from Trivium, alongside a music video directed by Ryan Mackfall.
Coming from Orlando, Florida in 1999, the combo are currently occupied working on their 10th studio album following after 2020’s ‘What The Dead Men Say’ and influenced by the different aspects of life, such as social media and general history including war and religion.
Here, as always, the band’s trademark combination of metalcore, melodic death metal and thrash metal stays front and centre.
There is uncertainty if ‘In The Court Of The Dragon’ will appear on the album, with its distinct and definitely thrash metal stylings. What can be said though is that Matt Heafy is a versatile vocalist, his track record proves he can do pretty much anything with his ranges and admittedly I do prefer his vocals in this new single as he lets loose and discharges a crueler, quicker attack.
I love THIS Trivium, ready, aim, FIRE! It’s rammed full of extreme aggression, the rawness feeling familiar, dripping with hints of their earliest material. There are some real hefty sections that bring only complete chaos, the guitars are shredding and the destruction from the double bass drums are literally hammering at a ridiculously speed, causing my brain to melt.
They are not smothering you with a load of melodies and big choruses, they are touched upon slightly but there is zero fluff here, which does make it hit seriously harder. Please take a moment to listen to those guitars, just over half-way and they justify their position; the riffage, the shreds and that nasty breakdown, really stealing the spotlight.
Using the uncertainty of the current pandemic as an advantage, Trivium have been able to set aside their chaotic schedules and get their creative vibes flowing, not leaving me dissatisfied in the slightest.
It’s so refreshing seeing all the tours and festivals roll out after what feels like an eternity, Trivium will be hitting the road with Megadeth and Lamb Of God in North America.
There’s also a European tour including UK dates in November with TesseracT and Fit For An Autopsy. I have only three words: bring it on!
Trivium’s official music video for “In The Court Of The Dragon” Listen now: http://trivium.lnk.to/itcotd