Ember to Inferno

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Ember to Inferno
Ember To Inferno.jpg
Studio album by Trivium
Released October 14, 2003
Recorded June – July 2003
Length 48:58
Label Lifeforce
Trivium chronology
Trivium (Demo EP)
Ember to Inferno
Alternative cover

Ember to Inferno is the debut album from American heavy metal band Trivium. It was released on October 14, 2003 on Lifeforce Records.


This album is the final release by the band with former bassist Brent Young. Frontman Matt Heafy was 17 years old when the album was written and recorded.

Corey Beaulieu toured in support of the album, but did not play on the album according to the re-release booklet.

The 2004 reissue of the album includes early versions of "The Deceived" and "Blinding Tears Will Break the Skies". Both songs were re-recorded for Ascendancy, with the latter appearing only on the 2006 special edition. "Demon" is taken from the Trivium EP.

"Inception: the Bleeding Skies" is "A View of Burning Empires" played in reverse.

On December 2, 2014 it was announced by Matt Heafy on Twitter that Ember to Inferno would be re-released again with new artwork along with the band's early demo EPs.[4] The re-release was officially revealed on October 14, 2016, via Trivium's Facebook page. It was released on December 2, 2016, two years after the initial announcement by Heafy. The re-release is dubbed Ab Initio, Latin for "From the Beginning".

"Pillars of Serpents" was re-recorded by Trivium for their 2017 album The Sin and the Sentence. Titled "Pillars of Serpents '17", it was included as a bonus track exclusively on the Japanese edition of the album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic 2.0/5[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matt Heafy. All musical arrangement by Heafy and Travis Smith.

No. Title Length
1. "Inception: the Bleeding Skies" (instrumental) 0:35
2. "Pillars of Serpents" 4:35
3. "If I Could Collapse the Masses" 4:42
4. "Fugue (A Revelation)" 4:21
5. "Requiem" 4:53
6. "Ember to Inferno" 4:11
7. "Ashes" (instrumental) 0:53
8. "To Burn the Eye" 7:01
9. "Falling to Grey" 5:37
10. "My Hatred" 4:34
11. "When All Light Dies" 6:23
12. "A View of Burning Empires" (instrumental) 1:48
Total length: 48:58



Additional musicians


  • Jason Suecof – producer, mixing, engineer
  • Matt Heafy – producer
  • Travis Smith – producer
  • Brent Young – producer
  • Tom Morris – mastering


Ab Initio

Chart (2016) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 85
UK Rock Album Chart [7] 15


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  2. ^ "Distorted Sound Magazine". 
  3. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Ember To Inferno – Trivium". Allmusic. 
  4. ^ "Matthew Kiichi Heafy on Twitter". 
  5. ^ Stagno, Mike. "Ember To Inferno – Trivium". Sputnikmusic. 
  6. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #398". auspOp. December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ "UK Top 40 Rock Albums". Radio 1. Retrieved 18 January 2018.