Dual-headliner tours are always a weird one. No matter what fancy-pants arrangements the bands come to, no matter if they have a stricty-enforced on-off switch for who plays last every night, naturally one band rises above the other. And so it goes with Killswitch Engage and Trivium, who are currently enacting this age-old conflict at venues up and down the length of the UK. Our snapper in the North, Gary Wolstenholme, was on hand in Manchester to shoot both bands when they brought that unspoken conflict to the O2 Academy.
June 9th, 2012
We remember back in 2006 when Trivium were third from the top of the bill on the Main Stage. They all had long hair back then. Now only Corey Beaulieu has long hair, and 50% of the rest of the band are bald. World, keep on turning…
January 22nd, 2011
August 13th, 2008
30 September 2008
by Joel McIver
Thousands of metalheads despise the Florida quartet Trivium without, it seems, even hearing their music.
For the last few years they’ve been the butt of much criticism for sounding too much like Metallica, or for including too many hair-metal-style singalong choruses in their songs, or for being too pretty, or just for not being ‘troo’ and ‘kult’ enough.
There are elements of truth here – frontman Matt Heafy’s vocals have been very similar to James Hetfield’s at times – but it’s high time for the haters to get over themselves, as Trivium’s new album sounds like Trivium and no-one else.
Even if you don’t like Shogun – and it’s not a perfect album by any means, so a lot of people won’t – you’ll have to admit that they’ve found an original sound, composed of melodic choruses and fat, downtuned riffs, which is uniquely theirs.
The first song released from Shogun was ‘Kirisute Gomen’, a song which acknowledges Heafy’s Japanese background in its lyrics but which is all-American in its music, like it or not.
It’s probably the best song on the album along with ‘Insurrection’, both of which switch smoothly from a knowingly cheesy singalong chorus – which could have been designed for rock radio – to a fast, sub-thrash metal riff.
Watch an alternative, piss-taking video to ‘Pull Harder On The String Of Your Martyr’ by Trivium
Trivium never really enter extreme metal territory, with drummer Travis Smith sticking to on-beats rather than the full-throttle off-beat workout: in fact, it’s your duty to inform anybody foolish enough to think that Trivium play thrash to inform them of their mistake.
The usual dazzling solos, multilayered choruses and tempo changes are all over the remaining songs. Trivium obviously have tons of ideas: there are at least six different vocal styles, from death-grunt to midrange snarl to clean tenor, and the number of riffs per song is impressive.
The recipe gets a little old by the end of the album – pretentious songs like ‘Into The Mouth Of Hell We March’ (listen to that on their MySpace) and ‘Of Prometheus And The Crucifix’ could have been deleted and no-one would have complained – but if this is where Heafy et al are going, at least it’s a path that is theirs and no-one else’s.
Shogun by Trivium is released on 29 September 2008 on Roadrunner Records
July 30th, 2008
The opening track from their forthcoming fourth album, Shogun keeps on the Japanese theme by referring to the executuon privileges of a Samurai warrior. Have they been watching a bit of Heroes? Here’s the artwork anyway.
The first release will be of ‘Into The Mouth Of Hell We March’ on 11 August 2008 and it will be a digital download affair that happily coincides with the new Madden NFL game it appears on.
Did you know Trivium have sold almost one million records now? Well, they have. Did you know that Madden NFL has shifted over 70 million copies? Well, it has.
The first proper single release, however, will be ‘Down From The Sky’ on 1 September 2008. They just shot a video for that.
Trivium – Shogun tracklisting
‘Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis’
‘Down From The Sky’
‘Into The Mouth Of Hell We March’
‘Throes Of Perdition’
‘He Who Spawned the Furies’
‘Of Prometheus And The Crucifix’
‘Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven’
Shogun by Trivium will be released on 29 September 2008 through Roadrunner Records