Live Review: Trivium @ Brixton Academy, London

A hot Saturday in London brought the metal masses to Brixton’s O2 Academy for the final date of Trivium’s UK tour in support of their 2017 album The Sin And The Sentence.

Over the past few decades since their inception Trivium have been a prolific band from their debut album Ember To Inferno, to the latest album, their eighth in just fifteen years. The band have played some of the world’s biggest festivals and toured with some of the giants in the metal world carving a place for themselves in the seemingly crowded world of modern day metal music.

As the intro track of Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills played and the house lights dimmed the whole room sung the lyrics in unison creating a heaving mass of raised drinks and devil horns. Opening with The Sin And The Sentence, the first of six tracks from the album played tonight, the band were greeted by a deafening roar of cheers and claps by the audience as crowd surfers glided across the raised arms. This continued throughout the evening, even during the moments when band leader Matt Heafy spoke to the crowd between songs.

Throes Of Perdition and the powerful Betrayer followed in quick succession before the title track from their Ascendancy album dropped. This seemed to raise the intensity amongst the mass of bodies on the floor as circle pits opened, at times moving as one following Heafy’s encouragement. He struck a tall, lean and tattooed presence and was definitely on top form tonight with both his clean and heavier vocals sounding crisp and powerful with not a single note out of place. He constantly encouraged the fans to be louder and better than previous shows, in particular Paris who were apparently the best of the European audiences, until tonight.

The setlist was a good mix of tracks from early gems through to choice tracks from The Sin And The Sentence including the monstrously heavy Beyond Oblivion and The Heart From Your Hate. The encore was a triple dose of Shattering The Skies Above, Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr and finishing up with that throaty Heafy roar of In Waves as the whole floor space opens up into one of the biggest circle pits its ever witnessed. Absolute chaos.

Trivium came to Brixton with all guns blazing and did not disappoint with each band member playing an important and impressive part, guitarist Corey Beaulieu was riffing and soloing like a man possessed. The rhythm section of bassist Paolo Gregoletto and relatively new drummer Alex Bent offering a stunning display whilst bringing the thunder.

If the band can produce another album as strong as The Sin And The Sentence and continue delivering high octane shows on stages around the world they will certainly be a serious force to reckon with in the metal world for years to come.

Phil Ashdown

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