Their first album, Ember to Inferno was released on Lifeforce records and was written by Matt Heafy when he was 15 to 16. The fact that he he did this is a testament to how much of an awesome band they are. Ember to Inferno, Requiem and If I Could Collapse The Masses are essential songs to download of this album.
after Ember to Inferno, they were signed onto Roadrunner Records where they recorded their seminal album, Ascendancy. They also recorded some songs for the 25th Roadrunner anniversary album, The All-Star sessions, where they played alongside such legends as Jeff Waters and King Diamond. Matt Heafy was also made a Roadrunner All-Star, alongside Joey Jordison, Rob Flynn and Dino Calzares. Ascendancy was one of the biggest albums of the year when it was released. Trivium experienced massive fame due to Ascendancy which was liked by almost every person that can justify calling themselves a metal fan. At Download Festival '06, word got out about Trivium playing a small set there which caused huge hype about the band who were then moved to one of the main stages simply due to the huge success of Ascendancy. Essential songs to download are Rain, Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr, A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation, Drown and Torn Asunder and Suffocating Sight.