Trivium gives glimpse of where band is headed on Vengeance Falls
The sixth full-length studio album by Florida heavy metal outfit Trivium “fuses their patented tough and technical metallic prowess with courageous and charismatic melody, ultimately yielding their heaviest and most hypnotic work thus far,” according to a news release about Vengeance Falls on Roadrunner Records. The band began work on the 10-track collection while touring in support of 2011's critically acclaimed In Waves album. Being on the road proved to be an inspirational catalyst for the music created by bandmates Matt Heafy (vocals, guitar), Paolo Gregoletto (bass), Corey Beaulieu (guitar), and Nick Augusto (drums). It also led them to Disturbed and Device singer David Draiman, who agreed to produce the new album after listening to a copy of In Waves.
”We were inspired by things around us and the tours we were on," says Gregoletto in the press announcement. "We used that energy from the shows and the way we felt to write music. There was an incredible creative chemistry between all of us." Frontman Heafy agrees stating, "From the beginning, we wanted to make something familiar yet bigger and bolder. This record sounds like an expansion of some of the best parts of themes we've explored across the past few records. It's the perfect summary of what our vision of this band is today."
Before heading to Draiman’s home studio in Austin, Tex., to record Vengeance Falls, an incident outside a venue in Montana “added fuel to the band's thematic approach to their new album.” A group of “local thugs” accosted the band and a fight ensued. “We fought, and it was over, but it was such an unnecessary episode of violence. The experience affected our writing—this is definitely an angrier record,” reads an excerpt from the news release.
The band used the harrowing experience to channel their aggression into the recording process as Draiman challenged them to “take their signature style and enhance it in a myriad of ways.” Heafy explains that Draiman’s prodding helped the band to evolve. “He ultimately broke each of us down into what we are and made us better,” reveals the singer.
The results are easily identified on tracks such as the “pummeling opener” ‘Brave This Storm’ and lead single ‘Strife,’ which is currently No. 33 on the Mediabase Active Rock radio airplay chart. In addition, the title track builds into a “maelstrom of distortion and anthemic power” and “everything comes to a head” on ‘Wake (The End Is Nigh),’ where a “clean classically-inspired guitar wraps around Matt's soulful delivery before exploding for one final call-to-arms.”
"I hope [Vengeance Falls] inspires people to do something," muses Heafy. "I hope it inspires them to pick up instruments, start composing poetry, begin writing a book, or just being creative. I want it to encourage creativity and show everyone there's so much more to life. When the chips are down and things are going bad, you can make something or escape to somewhere else. I want to be that escape. Even though this is a dark record, it can create positivity for those who dive into it."
Trivium wraps up their 2013 touring schedule on December 15 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. A European leg of the tour launches February 1 in the U.K. before hitting Germany, Belgium, and Italy through February 18. Trivium is also touring Australia as part of the 2014 Soundwave Festival from February 22 through March 3.
Watch the official music video that accompanies the Trivium single ‘Strife’ off the Florida quartet’s sixth studio album titled Vengeance Falls.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Trivium is a heavy metal band from Orlando, Fla., that formed in 2000 when singer Brad Lewter heard guitarist Matt Heafy perform a cover of Metallica’s ‘No Leaf Clover’ at a high school talent show.
* The name Trivium is derived from the Latin term used to illustrate the three subjects (i.e. grammar, logic, rhetoric) that serve as the foundation of a medieval liberal arts education. The band expands the meaning by relating it to how their music is a combination of metalcore, melodic death metal and thrash metal.
* In early 2003, Trivium recorded its first high-quality demo and sent a copy to German label Lifeforce, which signed Trivium and released the album Ember To Inferno in 2004. While not commercially successful, the album was noticed by representatives from Roadrunner Records, who signed Trivium to the label.
* Ascendancy was released on Roadrunner Records in March 2005 and debuted at No. 151 on the Billboard 200. The album was also recognized as the "Album of the Year" by Kerrang! magazine and sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide.
* Trivium released The Crusade in October 2006 as a No. 25 debut on the Billboard 200. The album sold an estimated 32,000 copies in its first week of release and was supported by touring with Iron Maiden, Metallica, and on the Black Crusade tour. Trivium was also named Best Live Band of 2006 at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards.
* In September 2008, Trivium released their fourth full-length album, Shogun, which debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 while topping the UK Rock Album Charts. A world tour ensued followed by the band contributing ‘Shattering The Skies Above’ to the God of War III soundtrack.
* Trivium enjoyed their highest debut on the Billboard 200 in 2011 when In Waves entered the chart at No. 13 and moved 22,000 copies during its first week of release. The album also topped the Billboard Hard Rock chart.