The Sin And The Sen­tence (Road­run­ner)

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Triv­ium aren’t in the busi­ness of writ­ing the same al­bum twice, which has led to a re­cent out­put ori­ented to­wards clas­sic rock with a more melodic tone. Though TSATS is still rooted in this con­tem­po­rary style, huge chunks dive back into the Triv­ium known for high-en­ergy blast beats, screams and wild, pow­er­ful so­los. It all sounds like a per­fect cul­mi­na­tion of their ex­ten­sive evo­lu­tion, but this ap­proach doesn’t wind up do­ing them many favours. On its own, newer melodic hard rock Triv­ium is head­bang-in­duc­ing. Against clas­sic speed and tech­ni­cal­ity, it feels minis­cule. Sure the al­bum is big, but it’s of­ten repet­i­tive, chuggy and lyri­cally clichéd un­til it hits the back end and once again ex­plodes into driv­ing metal. There’s an in­escapable irony to the fact that songs tak­ing cues from the past feel like they’re push­ing the bound­aries much more than cuts in­spired by re­cent records, but The Sin And The Sen­tence still man­ages to avoid me­di­ocrity over­all. P. Z.

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