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Formed: 2000
From: Altamonte Springs, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active


Trivium was formed in 2000 in Altamonte Springs Florida - Travis Smith, Matt Heafy and two other band mates met at Travis's house to learn and cover "For Whom the Bell Tolls" for his high school's Battle of the Bands competition. Even though they were inexperienced, they quickly formulated a band - the aggression of Trivium was popular among the high school crowd. Shortly after the Battle of the Bands show Trivium performed in a local music contest, Indiefest, taking 2nd place overall. After a couple local party gigs, Trivium's original singer left the band.

It was decided that Matt would take on the lead vocal duties as well as being the lead & rhythm guitarist and a search was underway for a rhythm guitarist. An old band mate of Travis', Brent Young earned the spot. With the new line up, Trivium played several garage gigs, party gigs, small clubs, and high school level competitions, gaining experience and writing more original songs. Soon, Trivium headed into a local studio to record a three-song demo.

Brent eventually moved to bass after Trivium's bassist departed.

Trivium's fan base began to grow, the band began to receive more local buzz and awards. Carrying a full set of originals, Trivium tore up club after club during the summer, opened for national acts - placed 1st for Battle of the Bands in high school and Matt was awarded The Best Metal Guitarist Award for 2002 presented by The Orlando Metal Awards.

Trivium recorded four more originals for their next demo. After this demo was recorded the musical direction of the band changed to something that the band and critics categorize as Melodic Death Metalcore. After one more 7-song demo EP, LifeForce records from Germany signed the band in May of 2003 and the band released 'Ember To Inferno' before adding second guitarist Corey Beaulieu and joining Roadrunner in April 2004.

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Demiricous Recruit Ex-Godbelow Drummer

Demiricous has announced Mike Rafferty as the touring drummer for the band. This will be a trial before making him the permanent band member. He has previously drummed for Godbelow and Brand New Sin. He has also recently done drum teching for Trivium. He's a killer guy and a killer drummer. The band is very happy so far. His first show with the band will be the CD release show.

After their release show, the band plan to hit the road. Demiricous will be touring with Himsa, Still Remains, and more. Tour dates are as follows:

1/24 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN (CD release)

w/ Himsa, Ringworm, The Banner:
2/14 Ten Bells – Grand Rapids, MI
2/15 Alvin's – Detroit, MI
2/16 Forward Hall – Erie, PA

w/ Still Remains
3/20–5/06 dates forthcoming

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Trivium Guitarist Jams With Ex-Pantera Members

Trivium guitarist, Corey Beaulieu, has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Hey everyone Corey here!

"Its been a while since i did an update so here we go - Bodom tour was badass ! thanks for all coming out and checking it out. Both bands Amon Amarth and Bodom were super cool and it was a blast to tour with them!

"We just had a break for the holidays and new years... Travis and I decided to spend New Years in TX with Rita (Dimebags longtime gf) and did we have a fucken blast! We went to see Vinnie Pauls cover band Gasoline on New Years night and I got to play Cowboys From Hell with Vinnie and Rex that was a unreal time! I was hammered too which made it even more of a badass time.

"After that we had a fireworks party back at the Dime's pad and I burnt my hand, we set the lawn on fire the cops came, chased people around the house with roman candles , threw fireworks in Brents (former Trivium bassist) room and accidentally set the blanket on fire , drank 5 bottles of jager, 4 bottles of Seagram 7 a bottle of crown and 2-3 cases of beer and we got the whole thing on video tape! stay tuned for the Trivium dvd to catch that shit haha.

"Currently we are working on new tunes for the next album and so far what its some ass kicking heavy metal.. you all wont be disappointed and you guitar geeks will have plenty of riffs to try to learn on this one haha.. soon we are heading out on our tour with In Flames which will be a great time I'm looking forward to it cant wait to get back on the road! and bring some alcohol fueled carnage to you all...
and also our UK headlining tour is looking to be the biggest and best one yet!

"Take care everyone and see you all soon!"

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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2005 Awards

Having just wrapped up another year, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on what made this year a great year in metal.

Like last year, I've polled the entire staff here at metalunderground.com about their favorite albums of 2005. This year we've also added a few more categories as well. At the end of announcing the winners of all of the categories, the entire ordered list of nominees will be presented, because there was simply so much good metal to check out.

So without further ado, I'll present Metalunderground.com's staff picks for the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2005, Best Metal Newcomer of 2005, Best Live Act of 2005, and Most Anticipated Release for 2006.

Best Metal Album of 2005

There were some great metal albums released in 2005, although dare I say not many landmark albums. Still, a few great releases rise to the top of 2005 and the nod for Best Metal of 2005 goes to:

Nevermore's "This Godless Endeavor"

Chimaira's "Chimaira"
Behemoth's "Demigod"
Dark Tranquillity's "Character"
Strapping Young Lad's "Alien"
Rammstein's "Rosenrot"

Best Metal Newcomer of 2005

Bands eligible for "Best Metal Newcomer of 2005" included bands who have released their first full length album or released their first album on a somewhat major metal label, or even have no formal release at all. This is a tough category to get consensus on, since we all have different tastes in metal and will hear of only a relatively few new bands each year. The band who rose to the top should be no surprise, however, as they've made waves and generated loads of press for being such a young band. Metalunderground.com's Best Metal Newcomer of 2005 is:


Despite there being many great new bands coming out in 2005, only one other band got multiple nominations from the staff at metalunderground.com in this category.

3 Inches of Blood

Best Live Act of 2005

Best Live Act was by far the most competitive category we voted on, since it was not restricted to releases from this year. The winner may not be expected by many metal heads, but at the same time may come as no surprise to those who have seen them live. Metalunderground.com's Best Live Act of 2005 is:


Apocalyptica embarked on their first full-fledged headlining US tour in 2005, and won the top votes from two of our staff (including myself) - enough to ensure victory. While the band plays cellos, their performance is as heavy and intense as any true metal band's you'll ever see.

As I mentioned, the competition was tight in this category, and we had seven more bands get multiple nominations and were right on the heels of Apocalyptica when the votes were counted.

Children of Bodom
Amon Amarth
Killswitch Engage

Most Anticipated Release for 2006

Most Anticipated release for 2006 as a category also generated a wide range of nominations due to the complete difference in people's tastes in metal. However, the few bands that got multiple nominations were really no surprise. The Most Anticipated Release for 2006 is:


Slayer is well overdue for an album. Between their parent label being bought up and touring heavily, Slayer has delayed putting out an album since 2001's "God Hates Us All." Still, several other bands are garnering a lot of anticipation for new releases, including these:

In Flames - Come Clarity

Looking back, 2005 was a great year in metal despite there being few or no landmark releases. Nu-metal was all but nonexistent with the exception of its few top remaining bands such as Disturbed, Korn (who have moved away from metal once again) and System of a Down. Metalcore seemed less of a huge trend than the previous year, as the good bands have risen above the label and hardcore/metalcore elements have found their way into other styles of metal.

Last year was a huge year for many newer and up and coming bands putting out albums. But it was an even bigger year for many seasoned bands and old school metal bands - some recently reunited - on the tour circuit. 2006 looks to be even bigger with a slew of big releases by big name bands slated for release and more headlining tours by many of last year's up and comers as well as those bands reunited in 2005.

Finally, here is the entire list of nominations for the 2005 categories voted on, because all of these bands are worth looking into: More...

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Amon Amarth, C.O.B. Live Photos Posted

The following live shot of Amon Amarth, Trivium and Children Of Bodom were taken on Dec 10th at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. Go to the Gallery section to view them.

To read my interview with Amon Amarth, go here.

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Trivium: 'Who's Next' Interview, Live Performance

Orlando, Florida metal sensation TRIVIUM were recently named Yahoo! Music's "Who's Next?" winner for the month of December. Accumulating 37% of the votes, TRIVIUM won an exclusive performance and interview that is now available at Yahoo.com. The band stopped by Yahoo!'s L.A. studios on November 28 to perform two songs from "Ascendancy", along with taping an interview. "This is absolutely amazing," said TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy. "Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would win this thing. We are honored and humbled by it." You can watch the interview and performance of "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr".

TRIVIUM used their day off from the CHILDREN OF BODOM tour on December 13 to film a video for "Dying in Your Arms", which was directed by Dale Resteghini (MUDVAYNE, HATEBREED, FALL OUT BOY). The clip is expected to begin airing sometime in January.

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Trivium Bassist Checks In

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto has posted the following update on the band's official website:

"Hey everyone,

"Its been an awesome end to the year, we have the DIYA video shot thanks again to Director Dale Resteghini Raging Nation Films for all the support, the Bodom tour over with, and the RR United Live show as well. We have a few weeks off to recover from all the crueling touring done over the last year and prepare for even more to do next.

"Since the next couple weeks are during the holidays it might be harder to get a reply from us since we are all on vacation, we will do updates here and there as things are announced.

"Once again thank you for taking Trivium from a literally unknown band to where we are now, without the amazing support from all of you our hardwork and touring wouldn't have payed off as much as it did!!!

"To our UK friends/fans thanks for our first ever Silver Album, what a great Christmas gift!

"See you all again in 2006, we plan to play more places we haven't, return to the places we have and more!

"Thank YOU!


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Underworld:Evolution Tracklisting Available Now

The track listing has been announced for the upcoming soundtrack to the film "Underworld: Evolution", it is as follows:

01 - Puscifer - "The Undertaker" (Renholder Mix)
02 - Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) vs. Julien-K - "Morning After"
03 - Hawthorne Heights - "Where Do I Stab Myself In The Ears" (The Legion Of Doom Remix)
04 - My Chemical Romance - "To The End" (RnR Cheryl Mix)
05 - Slipknot - "Vermillion Pt. 2" (Bloodstone Mix)
06 - Alkaline Trio - "Burn" (Alleged Remix)
07 - Aiden - "The Last Sunrise" (Dusk Mix)
08 - Senses Fail - "Bite To Break Skin" (The Legion Of Doom Remix)
09 - Atreyu - "Her Portrait In Black"
10 - Trivium - "Washing Away Me In The Tides"
11 - Mendozza - "Eternal Battle"
12 - Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"
13 - Gosling - "Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)"
14 - Bobby Gold - "Why Are You Up"
15 - Meat Beat Manifesto - "Suicide"
16 - Cradle Of Filth - "HW2"
The effort will see a January 10th release date through Lakeshore Records. It should also be noted that Puscifer is a side project of Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan.

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In Flames Adds More Dates To Upcoming Tour

More dates for In Flames' upcoming North American tour with Trivium, DevilDriver and Zao have been announced:

Jan. 25 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Jan. 26 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Jan. 27 San Diego, CA - Soma
Jan. 28 Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
Jan. 29 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Jan. 30 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Jan. 31 Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
Feb. 01 Seattle, WA - Showbox
Feb. 03 Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Air Pavilion
Feb. 04 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
Feb. 06 Austin, TX - The Back Room
Feb. 07 Houston, TX - Meridian
Feb. 09 Nashville, TN - Rockettown
Feb. 10 Detroit, MI - Harpo´s
Feb. 11 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Feb. 12 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Feb. 14 Albany, NY - Saratoga Wi nners
Feb. 15 New York, NY - Webster Hall
Feb. 16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Feb. 17 Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Feb. 18 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Feb. 19 Montreal, QC - Le Medley
Feb. 20 Quebec City, QC - Theatre Capitole
Feb. 21 Toronto, ONT - Kool Haus
Feb. 22 Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
Feb. 23 Norfolk, VA - Norva Theater
Feb. 24 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Feb. 25 Atlanta, GA - Roxy
Feb. 26 Orlando, FL - House of Blues

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In Flames Announce More Tour Dates

In Flames has announced a few more dates for the North American tour with Trivium, DevilDriver and Zao. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Jan. 25 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Jan. 26 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Jan. 27 San Diego, CA - Soma
Jan. 28 Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
Jan. 29 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Jan. 30 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Jan. 31 Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
Feb. 01 Seattle, WA - Showbox
Feb. 03 Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Air Pavilion
Feb. 04 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
Feb. 06 Austin, TX - The Back Room
Feb. 07 Houston, TX - Meridian
Feb. 10 Detroit, MI - Harpo´s
Feb. 12 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Feb. 17 Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Feb. 16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Feb. 18 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Feb. 19 Montreal, QC - Le Medley
Feb. 20 Quebec City, QC - Theatre Capitole
Feb. 21 Toronto, ONT - Kool Haus
Feb. 24 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall

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Hard Rock/Metal Musicians Remember Dimebag Darrell

MTV News spoke with members of some 30 hard rock and metal bands about the Dimebag they remember. They told MTV how much he'd meant to them, they shared fond memories and spoke of the impact he made on their lives and their music. Here are several excerpts from the article:

David Draiman - frontman, Disturbed: "During our second Ozzfest, we were holed up in Dallas for about two or three days ... hanging out at Dime's place — it was an eclectic house. There's all kinds of Pantera memorabilia and Dimebag memorabilia all over the place. But you could never make the mistake of falling asleep at Dime's. He'd wake you up the way he always did: with firecrackers. He'd always set off an entire chain of firecrackers not two inches from my head. One time ... Dime took us to a strip club where we all judged a bikini contest. There was never a wrong time in the day for Dime to hit a strip club. ... Dime was just this character who was very easy to love. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and was ready to give you the shirt off his back at all times. It was his mission in life to make sure every single moment you spent with him was the best moment of your life. He was selfless."

Zakk Wylde - frontman, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society: "Whenever you were around Dime, there was never a boring moment. He was the coolest guy on the planet. He was an even better person than he was a guitar player, if that's even possible. Whenever me and him would hook up, forget about it, bro. We'd always have to have a spare kidney, liver and pancreas on ice."

Brian Fair - frontman, Shadows Fall: "Dime seemed to have a real problem with the clock on our tour bus. It all started with his tour manager trying to tell him it was time to leave. ... We were having a good old time and Dime didn't want to go to bed. So, as soon as he was told it was time to leave, he grabbed the clock off of the wall and screams at the top of his lungs, 'There is no time!' and he smashed his hand right through it. The clock was made of glass and metal, and shrapnel flew everywhere. He went through three clocks on our bus like that. Anytime anyone tried to tell him it was time to go, he'd destroy the clock. He didn't want to end the party — he wanted it to keep going. We kept replacing the clock because we wanted to see what happened next."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Children Of Bodom Report From Vancouver, BC

Children of Bodom headlined a show at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC on November 22. I have been waiting for Children of Bodom to do a headlining tour here in North America for a long time now. I was excited for weeks after I found out they were finally headlining here. There was no way in hell I was going to miss this show, and neither were the several hundred people who packed into the oversold venue. More...

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Updated Trivium UK Tour Dates and Venue Changes

Due to the huge demand for tickets on Trivium's upcoming UK/Irish tour, they've had to upgrade some of the venues. Together with support acts God Forbid and Bloodsimple, the dates are now:

March 2 - Leeds University
March 3/4 - Dublin Ambassador
March 5 - Belfast Ulster Hall
March 6 - Glasgow Academy
March 8 - Newcastle Academy
March 9 - Birmingham Academy
March 10 - Manchester Apollo
March 11 - Nottingham Rock City
March 12 - Stoke Victoria Hall
March 15/16 - London Astoria
March 17- Cardiff University
March 18 - Exeter Grand Hall
March 20 - Southampton Guildhall
March 21 - Folkestone Leas Cliffe Hall

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Trivium Guitarist Checks In

Trivium guitiarst Corey Beaulieu has posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Hello Everyone!

"I'd like to thank everyone that sent their birthday well wishes yesterday! The amount of email was amazing I read through as much as I could, Thank You!

"We will be spending the day with Ninju and Nikki out in California and want to give our best to all of our Trivium myspace friends, Trivium message board friends and all our friends and family around the world, we hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the USA or where ever you are spending it.

"Thanks to all you friends and fans for making this past year one of the most memorable and fun year of my life!

"I've had a great time playing and meeting as many of you along the way and as I could.

"Thanks again everyone and I hope everyone has a great thanksgiving.

"Take care!


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Trivium Drummer Checks In From The Road

Trivium drummer, Travis Smith, checked in from the road with the following report:

"First of all make sure ALL of you tell Corey Happy Birthday! he is 22 today so we will celebrate with Corey and everyone else tonight in Vancouver, BC.

"We just finished the show in Seattle and it was just what we were hoping to see, a crazy fucking show. You guys are nuts and we love it.

"The Children Of Bodom Tour along with Amon Amarth is going great we are having an absolute blast. The guys and crews of both bands are awesome on and off the stage.

"It is a pleasure to be able to watch these guys every night, very professional and talented people.

"I hope all of you are doing well and that if you came out to see any of the shows so far that you had a great time because we sure fucking did.

"If you plan on coming out to any of the shows be prepared to have a fucking good time.

"As always, thank you all for the support! Enjoy your holidays and be safe!!

"See you crazy fuckers soon.


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Trivium To Shoot Video For 'Dying In Your Arms'

Roadrunner Records UK (www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk) report that TRIVIUM will shoot their new video, for the track ‘Dying In Your Arms’ on December 14th.

The clip will be the third video from the band’s Ascendancy album. The clip will be filmed at New York City's Webster Hall.

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In Flames Announce First U.S. Dates

Six dates have been announced for IN FLAMES' upcoming North American headlining tour in support of their highly anticipated new album, "Come Clarity". Support at the shows will come from Orlando's TRIVIUM, California's DEVILDRIVER and Greensburg, Pennsylvania's ZAO. The dates are as follows

Jan. 25 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Jan. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
Jan. 30 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Feb. 01 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Feb. 03 - Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Air Pavilion
Feb. 04 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre

More dates will be announced soon

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Trivium Win Yahoo! Music's 'Who's Next?' Contest

The awards and accolades keep coming in for TRIVIUM, who have just been named Yahoo! Music's "Who's Next?" winner for the month of December. Accumulating 37% of the votes, TRIVIUM have won an exclusive performance and interview that will available at Yahoo.com for the month of December. The band will be stopping by Yahoo!'s L.A. studios on November 28 to perform two songs from "Ascendancy", along with taping an interview. "This is absolutely amazing," says TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy. "Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would win this thing. We are honored and humbled by it. More...

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Zao Added To In Flames US Tour

Greensburg, Pennsylvania's ZAO have been added as one of the opening acts on IN FLAMES' upcoming North American headlining tour in support of their highly anticipated new album, "Come Clarity". Also appearing on the bill will be TRIVIUM and DEVILDRIVER. A late January 2006 West Coast launch is expected.

The extended trek will represent IN FLAMES' first North American dates since their main-stage appearances as part of Ozzfest 2005 and will kick off the band's most extensive touring on the continent in their decade-plus history. IN FLAMES are currently in the midst of a three-week U.K. tour alongside MOTÖRHEAD.

IN FLAMES's new album, "Come Clarity", is scheduled for a February 7, 2006 North American release through Ferret Records. The CD will be issued in Europe on February 6, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Infected Soundtrack Tracklisting Revealed

Infected is a brand new game for the PSP (TM) PlayStation Portable that features music from Roadrunner Records. Even better, the single-player game allows you to choose among a complete cast of Slipknot characters.

Infected is a fast-paced, over-the-top 3rd person shooter developed by Planet Moon Studios and published by Majesco Entertainment, which casts you as a lone cop, fighting against a tidal wave of infectious zombies, intent on ripping New York to shreds.

In the single player game, you'll clear out neighborhoods in brutal "Kill Em All" scenarios, or race to evacuate civilans in the "Helicopter Evac" missions. As you progress, you'll unlock bigger weapons and new avatars, including those special Slipknot characters!

In the multiplayer game, infect your friends when you whip ass in deathmatch, Mad Cow and other special game types. Whether in 8 player ad-hoc, or 2 player through the Internet, winning matches will spread your custom infection across the globe.

Infected tracklisting: More...

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In Flames, Trivium & Devildriver To Tour US In Jan

According to MTV.com, Trivium, In Flames and Devildriver will be hitting the road together in late January for a full U.S. tour. No dates, cities or venues have been confirmed just yet, but the trek is expected to run through the end of February.

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