Band Photo: Trivium (?)
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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On March 1st TRIVIUM, will release "Ascendancy", their debut album for Roadrunner Records. Filled with brutal technical precision and buttressed by dual shredding guitars, blast beats and vocals that move from a scream to a croon, Ascendancy is a pure metal album in the truest sense of the word. Featuring the talents of Matt Heafy on Guitars/Vocals, Travis Smith on Drums, Corey Beaulieu on guitar and Paolo Gregoletto on bass, TRIVIUM is a band whose youth (Heafy is 18, the oldest member is 22) belies their sound. Currently, TRIVIUM is on the road with ILL NINO, 40 BELOW SUMMER and THE AUTUMN OFFERING previewing songs from "Ascendancy".
Musically, the Jason Suecof produced "Ascendancy" defies easy definition; possessing elements of thrash, progressive and hardcore metal to create a sound that is at once timeless and ahead of its time. Lyrically, the album is an open wound, skin peeled back to reveal the inner machinations of the 18 year old Heafy and the scars of his lost innocence.
“This album deals with many realizations based around this theme,” says Heafy. Ascendancy, to me, means the overcoming of life's obstacles-to rise above everything and overcome the corruption of the world around me.” The track “Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr”, a not-too-subtlely cloaked take on our government, describes a villainous tyrant who simply kills and destroy s at will, pushes his faith upon all, is hated by all world powers, yet is still loved by the people he rules. The chilling track “A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation” deals with the grim realities of domestic abuse and its cyclical realities. “Like Light to the Flies,” which appears on the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Vol. 2 compilation and the video for which received a number of spins on HBB already, is about people’s seemingly insatiable attraction to tragedy.
The album's artwork, created by Paul Romano (MASTODON) carries on the lyrical themes addressed throughout the album. The cover, a painting of a mythological creature coming out of its cocoon and rising from the ashes of a city below is the embodiment of "Ascendancy".
All That Remains, The Acacia Strain, It Dies Today and Trivium will be touring together in January, dates and venues will be announced shortly.
Last week, at some point after Trivium played four dates with Fear Factory, but prior to their post-Thanksgiving show with Killswitch Engage, guitarist Corey Beaulieu answered a few questions for the Romanian webzine Protest Urban Online. Just what would a Romanian-based webzine ask? And just how would Corey answer? All this and more can be answered by reading the interview here.
Trivium "Ascendancy" coming early 2005
Trivium are getting ready to head out this week and tear it up for a few shows. They have 4 shows opening for Fear Factory (11/17 – 11/20) lined up and 1 show opening for Killswitch Engage (11/26) in Tampa.
They have also announced the addition of bassist/vocalist Paolo Gregoletto (formerly of south Florida’s Metal Militia) as the newest member of the Trivium family. "Paolo not only brings his musical talents and skills to Trivium, he brings a determined, can-do attitude and a positive energy that fits extremely well with who we are, what we are about and what we like to do."
Paolo had this to say about becoming a member of Trivium: More...
Matt and Travis of Trivium have touched ground in the UK, where they are now currently mixing their debut release on Roadrunner with Andy Sneap. In fact, we have words to share from the band. Frontman Matt Heafy relays this following:
Well we're here. My phone doesn't work. I thought it was going to. Everything's coming along - guitars, solos are reamped...right now Andy's doing drums - I got internet working.
The plane ride was insane - the plane was very small and friggon uncomfortable... ha ha - and it was a crazy time change, Travis and I are all fucked up on the time. 5 hours behind, and then they just had daylight savings time - so its even weirder.
I must say the recording sounds massive now! Sneap knows his shizzo - its rockin. I got wah on the solos in "Gunshot..." and "Rain..." (they're perfect now).
Alright guys - heading back to the studio.
Trivium "Ascendancy" coming early 2005.
Trivium sent out a studio update. Here's the meat of it:
Paul Romano, Work Hardened Studios (http://www.workhardened.com/) will be doing all of the artwork/graphics for our upcoming CD ASCENDANCY slated for a February 2005 release. Matt provided Paul with the original artwork, story & concept and Paul will take it to a whole 'nother level - what we have seen so far looks awesome.
Most of the studio work with Jason is completed - some clean up in progress right now, but the "screaming-ass" vocals, clean vocals, drums, bass, melodic guitars and solos are pretty much completed and sound pretty damn good. Next on the agenda is to deliver what we have to Andy Sneap - Backstage Productions/Studios (http://www.andysneap.com/) in Derbyshire, England. Travis & Matt will be leaving for England November 5th to work with Andy during the final mix and mastering of Ascendancy. This obviously will be a great learning experience - Andy has mixed/mastered/produced some great CD's so we can't wait to get started.
We are fans of the band Every Time I Die and recently we became aware of the situation they had when their "6th" member Jeff Stanahan roadie, merch man, great friend of the band became very seriously ill while on the road - Jeff is in a hospital in St. Louis hundreds of miles from home - he needs all of our help not only with our positive thoughts and prayers but in helping raise some additional money to offset his hospital bills. ETID tours their asses off and anyone who is in this game knows that is part of the drill - so when someone becomes ill and needs help it is important we all do what we can to help out - to donate to Jeff's cause and help him and his family out please click on this link BENEFIT INFORMATION FOR JEFF "Durst" STRANAHAN (http://www.tour-city.com/) to read the story and donate what you can to help out - we know it will be appreciated.
Trivium are out with the video to their new single 'Like Light To The Flies'. You can watch it online at MTV.com.
FEAR FACTORY will be hooking up with NO WARNING and TRIVIUM immediately following their co-headlining tour with LAMB OF GOD. Their dates with NO WARNING and TRIVIUM are as follows:
November 17 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
November 18 - Louisville, KY @ Jillian's
November 19 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Cantina Ballroom
November 20 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
The brutal people over at Metal Injection have posted a new episode of their TV show online, which features a hilarious interview with Howard of Killswitch Engage.
Also, you can finally check out Trivium's video "Like Light To The Flies" Videos from Shadows Fall, Candiria and the End are also featured on this episode. The episode is streaming online here.
Metal Injection also airs on TV in Brooklyn on Tuesday Nights at 12:30AM on Ch. 67 Cablevision, 34 Time Warner.
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
"We received some good news last week – our video for ‘Like Light To The Flies’ will debut this Saturday - September 25th - on MTV2 Headbangers Ball. This weeks HBB will feature videos from bands on the upcoming HBB Vol 2 CD due to hit stores September 28th."
"Be sure to check the site over the next few days - we will be testing our online shop - we will have our 2 CD's ('Ember To Inferno' & 'Trivium' our self-titled demo) a couple of T-Shirts to start and will be adding more things over time."
"Word from the studio - Travis has completed all drum tracks and he and Jason are now editing at Audio Hammer - 5 songs completed. Recording guitars will happen later this week or early next week – so far so good."
"Well that's all for now - Thanks for the support."
"Matt, Travis, Corey & Paolo"
Cradle Of Filth and Trivium have videos coming to a television screen near you. The on-air debuts of of both Cradle's "Nymphetamine" and of Trivium's "Like Light To Flies" videos will occur next weekend on the 9/25 Headbangers Ball episode on MTV2. In fact, the 9/25 HBB will be a MTV2 Headbangers Ball Vol. 2 edition of the show, showing only videos from bands that have tracks on the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Vol. 2 CD (which streets 9/28 - see here for details).
Florida's Trivium have posted this message on their official website:
We head to Tampa 9/13 and will get started on our debut Roadrunner Records CD titled "Ascendancy" - we have between 12 – 14 songs ready for recording and have already done pre-production on most and had a chance to work with some of the new material on tour - which was cool.
We will head to Morrisound Recording in Tampa with Jason Suecof (who will be Producing our CD) Audio Hammer Studios, to lay down Travis's drum tracks – then we will head back to Audio Hammer Studios to record everything else. Once we complete the work with Jason – we will head over to the UK to work with Andy Sneap on the final mastering. Needless to say this will be a great experience – we are big fans of Andy's work and look forward to working with him.
We expect to be busy recording for the next couple of months - we will keep you posted on any news and information while in the studio. We will be updating the site periodically with news and pictures.
As always - Thanks for support - we will talk to you later.
Orlando, Florida's TRIVIUM will be utilizing the services of producer Jason Suecof (CAPHARNAUM, CROTCHDUSTER) for their upcoming Roadrunner Records debut. Jason will track drums at the infamous Morrisound Studios before completing the recordings at the Audiohammer facility. Studio updates will be posted on the Audiohammer web site. An early 2005 release is expected.
TRIVIUM released their debut album, "Ember To Inferno", on Germany's Lifeforce Records last year and caught Roadrunner's attention with their "larger than life, unrestrained rock sound," according to an official press release.
I've just finished posting CorrosiveMind's photos from the August 8, 2004 Road Rage show in Philadelphia, PA, featuring Machine Head, Chimaira and Trivium. He got some awesome shots. Head over to the gallery to check them out. You can also read his report form the show here.
I got a few decent photos of Machine Head and Chimaira playing at Road Rage 2004 on August 9 in Washington, DC. The lighting (especially heavy use of green and red lights) made it hard to get good photos, but I managed a few. Check them out in the photo gallery section.
CorrosiveMind just reported on the August 8 show of the Road Rage '04 tour, but what the hell - I'll give you my opinion of the August 9 show as well.
When I heard about the Road Rage 2004 tour, I decided well ahead of time that I had to go. Despite being one of my favorite bands, and back in the top ranks of favorites after their unbelievable comeback album ‘Through The Ashes Of Empires,’ I had never had the chance to see Machine Head live. Being a fan of Chimaira and hearing good things about Trivium as well, I had to go to this show. “Had to” meaning, yes I would go even on this Monday night of August 9, 2004, which many people apparently would not do, as the crowd was smaller than expected for such a great billing and a great venue. The 9:30 club in Washington, DC is my favorite place in the area to see a good metal show, despite the location in DC and usually long drive or metro ride from where I live. More...
Road Rage Tour 2004, after previous successful tours with amazing bands the tour is back and better then ever. Bringing along with it this time Machine Head, Chimaira, and Trivium (and 3 Inches of Blood on other dates). More...
Dates for the upcoming "Road Rage" tour have been solidified. The tour will feature co-headliners Machine Head and Chimaira with support from Trivium and 3 Inches Of Blood. Here are the confirmed dates:
8/3 Cleveland OH @ The Odeon
8/4 Toronto ON @ The Opera House
8/5 Manchester NH @ Bombshelter (no Machine Head)
8/6 Worcester MA @ Palladium
8/7 New York NY @ Irving Plaza
8/8 Philadelphia PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
8/9 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
8/10 Norfolk VA @ The Norva
8/11 Winston Salem NC @ Ziggy's
8/13 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
8/14 Lake Buena Vista FL @ House of Blues
8/16 Houston TX @ Engine Room
8/17 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
8/18 Dallas TX @ Trees
8/20 Grand Rapids MI @ The Intersection
8/21 Detroit MI @ Harpos
8/22 Columbus OH @ Al Rosa Villa
8/23 Chicago IL @ House of Blues
8/24 Milwaukee WI @ Eagles Auditorium
8/25 Minneapolis MN @ The Quest
8/27 Lawrence KS @ Granada
8/28 Denver CO @ Gothic Theatre
8/29 Albuquerque NM @ Sunshine Theatre
8/30 Tempe AZ @ Marquee Theatre
9/1 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
9/3 Ventura CA @ Ventura Theatre
9/4 Hollywood CA @ House of Blues
9/5 Anaheim CA @ House of Blues
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...