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  • Axl Rosenberg

“Shattering the Skies Above,” the new Trivium song the band recorded for the video game God of War III, has found its way onto YouTube, which in this day and age was inevitable, I guess. The song is notable because it marks the recording debut of Trivium’s new drummer, Nick Augusto, late of the grindcore band Maruta. (And if you’re not familiar with Maruta, Cosmo Lee has a good piece on them, mouring their loss of Augusto, at Invisible Oranges.) To be honest, I don’t hear a huge difference in the quality of the drumming here, but then, recorded performances were never really previous drummer Travis Smith’s problem – live shows were. It’s also not clear how involved Augusto was in the creation of this song, given that he’s only been in the band for a short while; I imagine his contributions will be much more noticeable on the next Trivium album.

Check out the song and see what you think:

In other Trivium news, the band has recorded a cover of Sepultura’s “Slave New World,” which will be given away as a free mp3 download for forty-eight hours only at Metal Hammer starting tomorrow at 4 pm UK time. When you download the mp3, you’ll also be entered in a contest to win forty CDs (see what they did there?) from Roadrunner, plus a signed flag from Trivium.

The God of War EP, which also features songs from Killswitch Engage, Opeth, Dream Theater, Mutiny Within, and Taking Dawn will be released digitally by Roadrunner on March 9, or you can get it if you buy the super-duper deluxe edition of God of War III.


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