Ascendancy is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium. Released on March 15, 2005 by Roadrunner Records. Ascendancy is the second studio album by American metal band Trivium. Released on March 15, 2005 by Roadrunner Records. In the U.S., Ascendancy peaked at No. 151 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 4 on the Top Heatseekers charts, selling over 140,000 units. In the UK, it peaked at No. 78, and shipped over 100,000 copies, attaining Gold status, without entering the UK top 75. In 2005, Ascendancy won the "Album of the Year Award" from Kerrang! magazine.
Upon its release, the album received very positive reviews from most music critics. Brandon Ratliff from 411mania, gave the album a perfect review, saying this about the band, "Watch out for this band twenty years from now. They will be as influential to so many as bands like Black Sabbath, Slayer, and Metallica were before them. As I said before, this album is in every way perfect, and that’s why I am proud to announce the first album to ever get a perfect score from me. Now go and buy this album. If you like metal at all you will.". In another very positive review, Johnny Loftus of Allmusic had this to say about the album, "Ascendancy aligns real-deal thrash with powerful modern influences. But at all times it's a platform for Trivium's own crazed talent." .