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Artist: Trivium
Album: Shogun
Genre: Thrash Metal, New Wave of American Heavy Metal
Release Date: September 30, 2008

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About seven years ago now, Florida NWOAHM stalwarts Trivium put out one of my favorite albums of all time. Shogun is, in my opinion, the best Trivium album to date. I could go on and on and on about how amazing this album is. From the opener, “Kirisute Gomen,” to the closer, “Shogun,” this album just keeps on giving and giving and giving. Those two tracks are both about feudal Japan, obviously, and are a nod to frontman Matt Heafy’s Japanese heritage. But this album also touches on Greek mythology (“Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis,” “Into the Mouth of Hell We March,” “He Who Spawned the Furies,” “Of Prometheus and the Crucifix,” and “Like Callisto to a Star and Heaven”) and typical metal themes like war, politics, apocalypses, religion, and, struggle (“Down from the Sky,” “Throes of Perdition,” “Insurrection,” and “The Calamity”). The deluxe edition also features three more awesome tracks: “Poison the Knife or the Noose,” “Upon the Shores,” and a spectacular cover of Iron Maiden’s “Iron Maiden.”

I love everything about this album. The instrumentation and musicianship is amazing, the production is perfect, the songs are all awesome. I can’t name a single song on this album I don’t like. Shogun is a masterpiece. I don’t need to say anymore, the music can do the rest of the talking. You can take a listen and check out my review of the album below. Also be sure to check out the last Trivium album I featured.

Album of the Week brings you an album to listen to every week. Maybe a new release, maybe an old favorite. From alt-rock to technical death metal and everything in between, there will be something for everyone! Check out the album from last time!

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