The Crusade (album)

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The Crusade
Studio album by Trivium
Released October 10, 2006 (2006-10-10)
Recorded Audio Hammer Studios
Genre Heavy metal, thrash metal[1]
Length 57:25
Label Roadrunner
Producer Trivium, Jason Suecof
Trivium chronology
Ascendancy
(2005)
The Crusade
(2006)
Shogun
(2008)
Singles from The Crusade
  1. "Detonation"
    Released: June 2006[2]
  2. "Entrance of the Conflagration"
    Released: September 6, 2006 (2006-09-06)[3]
  3. "Anthem (We Are the Fire)"
    Released: October 2, 2006 (2006-10-02)[4]
  4. "The Rising"
    Released: April 2007 (2007-04)[5]
  5. "Becoming the Dragon"
    Released: October 2007 (2007-10)[6]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
IGN 8.1/10[7]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[citation needed]
Metal Hammer 9/10[citation needed]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[citation needed]
Sputnikmusic 2.0/5[8]
Total Guitar 9/10 stars[citation needed]

The Crusade is the third album by heavy metal band Trivium. Released on October 10, 2006 through Roadrunner Records. It is considered a drastic change from their previous album Ascendancy by some critics. The album was produced by Jason Suecof and mixed by Colin Richardson.

Background[edit]

Before the album was released, three songs from the album were released on the band's MySpace: "Detonation", "Anthem (We Are the Fire)", and "Entrance of the Conflagration". Music videos for "Entrance of the Conflagration", "Anthem (We Are the Fire)", "The Rising", "To the Rats", and "Becoming the Dragon" were produced and released on Roadrunner's website.[9]

In the United Kingdom, the album was released on October 9, and was certified silver in for sales in excess of 60,000 copies. The album peaked at number 7 in the UK and at number 25 on Billboard 200 and it sold over 100,000 copies in the United States.[10]

The track "Detonation" is available on the Xbox 360 release of the video game Guitar Hero II as downloadable content while the track "Anthem (We Are the Fire)" is featured on Burnout Dominator, Sleeping Dogs and Saints Row 2.[11][12]

Musical style and lyrics[edit]

The album represents a drastic change in style from their previous album, Ascendancy, adopting a mostly thrash metal sound, and having metalcore characteristics such as breakdowns and growled vocals featured in metalcore are kept to a very small minimum. As a result, vocalist Matt Heafy used a clean vocal style similar to James Hetfield throughout most of the record. Heafy justified this by noting that "the four of us were never into bands that scream and we don't like any of the current bands that scream, so we asked ourselves why we're doing it."[13] However, growled vocals would return as a regular attribute on the band's proceeding album, Shogun as well as sometimes some breakdowns.

Lyrical themes on the album include famous killings. "Entrance of the Conflagration" is about Andrea Yates's murder of her five children, "Unrepentant" is about Nazir Ahmad's murder of his three daughters and stepdaughter, "Contempt Breeds Contamination" is about the death of Amadou Diallo, and "And Sadness Will Sear" is based upon the murder of Matthew Shepard.[14] Another common theme on this album is unity or "being united" with songs like Anthem (We Are the Fire) and The Rising. Another lyrical theme that is noticed is in the song "Becoming the Dragon," which is based on the Japanese mythological story of the dragon (how the koi will swim up the waterfall known as "Dragon's Gate" where it is thus transformed into the mythological beast.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Matt Heafy

No. Title Music Length
1. "Ignition"   Heafy 3:54
2. "Detonation"   Heafy 4:28
3. "Entrance of the Conflagration"   Heafy 4:35
4. "Anthem (We Are the Fire)"   Heafy, Paolo Gregoletto 4:03
5. "Unrepentant"   Corey Beaulieu 4:51
6. "And Sadness Will Sear"   Heafy 3:34
7. "Becoming the Dragon"   Heafy 4:43
8. "To the Rats"   Gregoletto 3:42
9. "This World Can't Tear Us Apart"   Heafy 3:30
10. "Tread the Floods"   Beaulieu 3:33
11. "Contempt Breeds Contamination"   Heafy 4:28
12. "The Rising"   Gregoletto 3:45
13. "The Crusade" (Instrumental) Heafy 8:19
Total length:
57:25

Personnel[edit]

Trivium
Additional performers
Production

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 25
Australia ARIA Albums Chart 14
Austrian Albums Chart 44
Canadian Albums Chart 23
Dutch Albums Chart 64
French Albums Chart 115
German Albums Chart 23
Irish Albums Chart 12
Italian Albums Chart 86
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart 46
Norwegian Albums Chart 61
Swedish Albums Chart 41
Swiss Albums Chart 92
UK Albums Chart 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "The Crusade - Trivium". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "Trivium Detonation (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Entrance of the Conflagration (track listing). Trivium. Roadrunner Records. 2006. RR PROMO 953. 
  4. ^ "Trivium Anthem (We Are The Fire)(EP)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Trivium The Rising (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Trivium - Becoming the Dragon". Metal Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Crusade - Trivium". IGN. 
  8. ^ Stagno, Mike. "The Crusade - Trivium". Sputnikmusic. 
  9. ^ Videos of some of the songs
  10. ^ "TRIVIUM Guitarist Says Next CD Will Be Mixture Of 'Crusade' And 'Ascendancy'". BlabberMouth. 
  11. ^ "Saint's Row 2 Soundtrack". 1UP.com. 
  12. ^ "Burnout Dominator Soundtrack". About.com. 
  13. ^ "Matthew Heafy: "Our Crusade Is To Make Trivium Something Enormous In The World"". Blabbermouth.net. 2006-09-24. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  14. ^ Thompson, Ed (October 12, 2006). "Trivium - The Crusade: Trivium - The Crusade". IGN.