Of all the bands to emerge from the question of "Who will be the next great headliner?", Trivium have had one of the most fascinating stories in the metal history.
Dominating almost overnight with second album Ascendancy (Ember to Inferno received minimal promotion and distribution), they were immediately hailed as the future of metal; one of the most technically proficient and promising bands on the planet, especially considering three members were just teenagers.
Indeed, 2005's Ascendancy remains a masterpiece, though everything that followed would showcase a group of unbelievably talented individuals growing and maturing before our very eyes. For some that meant ageing alongside the band and learning to love their various genre and identity experiments, though for others, aping James Hetfield's vocal stylings on The Crusade was too much, too fast.
Many wanted the band to embrace their own strengths, and 2017 saw The Sin and The Sentence, a genuinely phenomenal piece of work that exemplified how far Trivium had come. Singer Matt Heafy's vocals were more powerful and versatile than ever, Corey Beaulieu's spellbinding guitar playing the same, bassist Paolo's compositional ideas fleshed everything out, and newcomer Alex Bent's inhumanly perfect drumming elevated the band's live work tenfold.
Now with 2020's What The Dead Men Say, Trivium have an exemplary body of work, but from missteps to triumphs, how do all nine albums sit when ranked?