Any other Trivium album doesn't even come close, their best by a mile. ....IMO this is their most solid and advanced musically (composition wise) record, and probably the best production wise. The Crusade and Ascendancy are really good record but to me they sound like they we're still searching for their sound, on Shogun it really sounds that they finally found their sound and style, very unique to me, i've never heard any band sounding like this like ever, and all of this only to fall down to somewhat disappointing "in waves" and then the very disappointing "vengeance falls", i don't even have the words to describe how bad their last records sound like (imo).
Any other Trivium album doesn't even come close, their best by a mile.  A good mix between Ascendency and The Crusade. I believe Matt in an interview during the Shogun era said that this album was "the past, present and future of Trivium", which I'm ready to agree on. In Waves kinda progressed from this, although I don't like that album very much.
Doesn't hold a candle to Ascendancy. Too slow, not thrashy enough, the down-tuning didn't make it heavy. Its not bad, but its really nothing more than meh. Maybe all the love is from people who didn't get into Trivium until this album? I started with Embers, so The Crusade and this were totally downgrades. In Waves came along though and is a good return to form.
By far their best album. Looks destined to be the one that got away in terms of general acceptance though... should have made this band. Instead it somehow slipped by so the band tried to experiment on their next record, and we ended up with In Waves... *sigh*
Seems like Shogun will remain Trivium's untouchable masterpiece.  the sadly forgotten and overlooked masterpiece. They haven't got anything else that is a patch on this but somehow this is their most underated?? The world makes no sense... 
I'd like their next album to slightly resemble this one again. It's a masterpiece which I must admit, they may not top. That's not to say the rest of their future albums will suck. Because they won't. Trivium never fail to impress me!
i thought they weren't gonna beat the awesomeness of the two first albums, boy i was wrong :D the new album In Waves is also very good, needs a couple more spins before i decide if it's better than Shogun or not
Seems like Shogun will remain Trivium's untouchable masterpiece.  the sadly forgotten and overlooked masterpiece. They haven't got anything else that is a patch on this but somehow this is their most underated??
The world makes no sense...