In Waves

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In Waves
Studio album by Trivium
Released August 2, 2011 (2011-08-02)
Recorded 2011 in Paint It Black Studios / Audiohammmer Studios, Florida
Genre Heavy metal,[1][2] melodic metalcore[3][4][5][6]
Length 51:20
67:34 (Special edition)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Colin Richardson, Martyn "Ginge" Ford
Trivium chronology
In Waves
Vengeance Falls
Singles from In Waves
  1. "In Waves"
    Released: May 21, 2011
  2. "Built to Fall"
    Released: August 16, 2011
  3. "Black"
    Released: January 23, 2012
  4. "Watch The World Burn"
    Released: November 16, 2012

In Waves is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium, released worldwide on various dates August 2, 2011 and August 9, 2011 through Roadrunner Records.[7]


The album featured a sound closer to Ascendancy than The Crusade and Shogun and features their more melodic metalcore sound than thrash metal.[3][4][5][6]


This album is the first record to feature new drummer Nick Augusto after previous drummer Travis Smith departed in 2009.

The first single from the band, "In Waves", was released on May 21, 2011 to Trivium World members. Following this on June 6, 2011 Matt Heafy stated on his Twitter that the album would be named after the aforementioned song. The single was most recently released onto the US iTunes Store & Zune Marketplace on June 10.[8]

On June 17 the music video for "In Waves" was released.

On June 19 Trivium performed "In Waves", "Black" and "Dusk Dismantled" at their show in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It was the first time "In Waves" was played live and the first time "Black" and "Dusk Dismantled" had been heard by fans.

On June 26, Paolo told his Twitter followers to tweet to Roadrunner Records to release the song "Dusk Dismantled." On June 28, the song was released exclusively to TriviumWorld members with an announcement that it'll be released to the official Trivium YouTube page on June 29.

On July 9, Trivium played "Inception of the End" live for the first time at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival in San Bernardino, CA. Not only was it the first time the song had been played live, but it was also the first time the song had been heard by fans.[9] On July 13, Trivium released "Inception of the End" with the song premiering on On July 21, both "Black" and "Built to Fall" premiered on various radio stations including their hometown station and

On their 2011 run on the Mayhem Festival tour, Matt Heafy stated that "Built to Fall" would be their first radio single, and the live debut of "Caustic are the Ties that Bind" was played in San Francisco supporting Dream Theater.

The music video for "Built to Fall" is released on the October 28, 2011 after a series of image and video teasers released over Facebook and YouTube, while TriviumWorld members could view the video two days earlier.

A lyric video for "Black" has been released in January 2012.

On November 16, 2012, a music video for the German single "Watch The World Burn" was released. It features various amounts of live and backstage footage while touring for In Waves. It also features footage from the live recording at Chapman Studios, which was directed by Ramon Boutviseth.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[12]
BBC Music favorable[13]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[14]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[15]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars [16]
Loudwire 4/5 stars [17]
MusicOMH 3/5 stars[18]
PopMatters 4/10[19]
Q 8/10 stars [20]
Revolver 3/5[21]
Yell Magazine 8/10 stars[22]
Under The Gun Review 8/10 [23]

In Waves has received generally positive reviews, averaging a score of 66 based on 13 reviewers on the review-aggregating website Metacritic.

Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic rated the album four out of five stars and commented "...Trivium will probably be vilified once again for taking the same sort of creative backward step that the fans typically clamor for from Metallica, Slayer, and other bands on down; it's the essence of the Florida band's "can't win" lot in life, but there's always hope that this will change, in time".[24] Another positive review came from Ian Winwood of BBC Music, in his review, he stated, "...This may not be quite enough for Trivium to turn back the hands of the clock to the point where the world lay at their fretboards, but the notion that this is a band whose best days lie behind them is one that, at least for now, is resting on ice". Alt Sounds also spoke positively about the album and even after stating "Trivium have not topped themselves" in reference to their past albums but did call it "...a symbol of triumph and overall a sound, beautifully solid record." [25]

Revolver rated the album three out of five stars and summarized, "An inconsistent record with flashes of brilliance, In Waves should, however, keep diehard Trivium fans happy." [26]

Despite mostly positive reception, Jamie Thomson from The Guardian. Who, in his review, stated that, "In Waves is as overproduced and mercilessly polished as modern metal gets, and all the worse for it." [15]


In Waves sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock charts,[27] making it the highest charting record Trivium has released to date. In Canada, the album debuted at No. 32 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[28] The album also charted in the UK at No. 17 on the UK Top 40 albums chart, No. 6 in Japan and No. 8 in Germany.[29] In Waves has sold 81,000 copies in the United States as of 2013.[30]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Trivium, except where noted. 

Standard Edition
No. Title Length
1. "Capsizing the Sea" (instrumental) 1:30
2. "In Waves"   5:02
3. "Inception of the End"   3:48
4. "Dusk Dismantled"   3:47
5. "Watch the World Burn"   4:53
6. "Black"   3:27
7. "A Skyline's Severance"   4:51
8. "Built to Fall"   3:08
9. "Caustic Are the Ties That Bind"   5:34
10. "Forsake Not the Dream"   5:20
11. "Chaos Reigns"   4:07
12. "Of All These Yesterdays"   4:21
13. "Leaving This World Behind" (instrumental) 1:32
Total length:


Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Japan[31] August 2, 2011 Digital download
Ireland[31] August 5, 2011
United Kingdom[32] August 8, 2011
Canada[33] August 9, 2011
United States[34]


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