Shogun is the fourth studio album by American metal band Trivium. The album was originally released in 2008 and received critical acclaim.
Shogun largely features a continuation of the thrash metal style featured on The Crusade [MOVLP1989], however, it also marks the return of Matt Heafy's screaming vocals and is also the band's first album produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Mastodon, Deftones).
The group did not want to make an album where all songs had the same singing style and decided to just let their music flow naturally and unbiased. Unlike The Crusade, which had some songs focusing on famous and controversial murders/crimes, this album has a few songs that deal with ancient Japanese military customs and several regarding Greek mythology, some serving as metaphors to be interpreted by the listener.
Since its release, Shogun has sold over 300,000 copies worldwide. The album debuted at number 23 on the Billboard 200 chart in the USA and the top 100 in 18 other countries, including number 1 on the UK rock charts and number 4 on the Australian charts.
The album includes the singles "Kirisute Gomen", "Into the Mouth of Hell We March", "Down from the Sky" and "Throes of Perdition".
Finally available again on vinyl after the original release 10 years ago, the Music On Vinyl pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl is housed in a gatefold sleeve and includes an 8 page booklet