Vengeance Falls

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Vengeance Falls
Vengeance Falls Artwork.jpg
Studio album by Trivium
Released October 10, 2013
Recorded February – March, 2013
Studio DMD Productions in Austin, Texas
Length 47:44
Label Roadrunner
Producer David Draiman
Trivium chronology
In Waves
(2011)In Waves2011
Vengeance Falls
Silence in the Snow
(2015)Silence in the Snow2015
Singles from Vengeance Falls
  1. "Brave This Storm"
    Released: July 31, 2013[4]
  2. "Strife"
    Released: August 20, 2013
  3. "Through Blood and Dirt and Bone"
    Released: July 18, 2014

Vengeance Falls is the sixth studio release by American heavy metal band Trivium, released October 10, 2013 in Japan,[5] October 14 in UK, and October 15 in US via Roadrunner Records.[6] It is the last album to feature second drummer Nick Augusto before he had departed from the band in May 2014.


In January 2013 bassist Paolo Gregoletto posted photos of the band working on their next studio release. In one of the pictures, vocalist Matt Heafy was sitting next to David Draiman of Disturbed fame; leading to some speculation that he would play a part in the album's conception. It was later confirmed via Gregoletto's Facebook that Draiman would in fact be the producer.[7]

In an interview with Thrash Hits, David Draiman revealed that the album's title was Vengeance Falls. Matt Heafy in particular was satisfied with Draiman's work on the album, calling him the "most hands-on producer" they've ever worked with. He went on to say that "Draiman helped me gain another four to six notes in my upper vocal range, which is something I never thought was possible ... He helped with every instrument, every song, helping create melodies – his ability to create melody is one of the most staggering things I've ever seen."[8]

Release history[edit]

The band performed the song "Brave This Storm" live on July 28, 2013 at Rock The City Bucharest in Romania and released the studio version three days later as a free digital download.[9] Gregoletto stated in an interview that this song was just a teaser and the new album's first single was "Strife".[10]

"Strife" was performed live for the first time on August 1, 2013 at the Resurrection Fest at Viveiro in Spain and it's available to stream via YouTube. Vengeance Falls became available for pre-order at their official website on August 20. The first single was available as an instant download with all pre-orders. Buyers would receive a digital copy of the album, downloadable on the day of release. "No Way to Heal" was released on September 30, the third song to be streamed.[11]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
About.com4/5 stars[13]
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[14]
Classic Rock Magazine7/10 stars[12]
The Guardian4/5 stars[1]
Metal Hammer8/10 stars[15]
New Noise Magazine4.5/5 stars[16]
Premier Guitar4/5 stars[17]
Rock Sound8/10 stars[18]
Sputnikmusic3/5 stars[19]

Vengeance Falls has received mostly positive reviews from professional critics, but has proven controversial among die-hard fans, mostly because of the decision of hiring David Draiman as a producer.[20] The Guardian stated "This is a proud and focused heavy metal album that eschews current trends in favour of great songs, massive grooves, blazing lead breaks and a disarming air of combative euphoria".[1] Another positive review came from Allmusic, when Gregory Heaney commented "With a songwriting that emphasizes quality over quantity or complexity, the album feels more precise in its execution, with every moment expertly placed in order to serve the songs rather than show off the band's musicianship (which is, as always, considerable)".[3]

One of the most recognized songs by the critics is "Strife". New Noise Magazine describes it as "an anthemic Shogun-esque track, with soaring riffs and a thick bass tone that captures Trivium at one of the high points of the album". Other impressive tracks are "Incineration: The Broken World" and "No Way to Heal", which is praised for its tempo changes and guitar solos ("The real kicker though is the intense solo at the end, by far one of the best in their catalogue of over one hundred songs").[13][16]

A more mixed review came from Sputnikmusic staff reviewer Thompson D. Gerhart. He gave the album a three out of five "Vengeance Falls is an album with utility." and also stated "You must try to understand: Trivium really are the next Metallica, for better or worse."

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on its release, selling 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week.[21] It also debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums,[22] and No. 2 on Hard Rock Albums.[23] The album has sold 69,000 copies in the United States as of September 2015.[24]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Trivium, except where noted.

Standard Edition
1."Brave This Storm"4:29
2."Vengeance Falls"4:13
4."No Way to Heal"4:05
5."To Believe"4:32
6."At the End of This War"4:47
7."Through Blood and Dirt and Bone"4:26
8."Villainy Thrives"4:54
9."Incineration: The Broken World"5:52
10."Wake [The End Is Nigh]"6:00
Total length:47:44


Trivium [25]
Production and design


Chart (2013) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[26] 8
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[27] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[28] 57
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[29] 58
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[30] 12
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[31] 11
French Albums (SNEP)[32] 78
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[33] 10
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[34] 40
Irish Albums (IRMA)[35] 39
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[36] 18
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[37] 25
Scottish Albums (OCC)[38] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[40] 23
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[41] 31
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[42] 2
US Billboard 200[43] 15
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[44] 18
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[45] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[46] 6
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[47] 14


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