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.
Latest Trivium News
Below is our complete Trivium news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
A brand-new TRIVIUM track, entitled "Pull Harder On The Strings of Your Martyr", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location (4.6 MB).
"Pull Harder On The Strings of Your Martyr" comes off the group's upcoming CD, "Ascendancy", due on March 15 via Roadrunner Records.
More tour dates have been announced for the forthcoming tour including DANZIG, KATAKLYSM and TRIVIUM. Confirmed dates are now as follows:
February 18 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
February 19 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
February 21 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
February 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
February 24 - Toronto, ON @ The Guvernment
February 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
March 1 - New York, NY @ The Spirit Performance Center
March 4 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
According to recent Internet rumors, the forthcoming Spring installment of the Roadrunner Records RoadRage tour is said to feature 3 Inches Of Blood, Still Remains, Trivium and The Agony Scene. Dates and venues are yet to be announced for the March/April trek.
In an article from the New York Metro newspaper, writer Amber Ray finds the new Metallica - Trivium. Several excerpts from the article:
Dreaming of becoming the next Metallica seems so early 90's. But forgive the boys of Orlando, Fla.-based metal outfit Trivium for wanting to recapture the rock gods' glory days. When James Hetfield and company broke into the mainstream, Trivium's members were still in elementary school.
"I think that ever since day one our main goal was to be the next Metallica." says 18-year-old Heafy [lead vocals and guitar] over the phone. "Ever since I joined the band when I was 13, the drive to grab that goal never fell through."
Read the full article at Roadrunner Records.
The brand new video from IT DIES TODAY for their song "A Threnody For Modern Romance" is now out. The song comes off their debut album "The Caitiff Choir" out now. Click here to watch the video in streaming QuickTime. There's also an It Dies Today 2 Song E-Card here.
The video was shot by director Darren Doane in Los Angeles this past fall while the band was on tour with labelmates Bleeding Through and Walls Of Jericho. Make sure to check out IDT in January and February with All That Remains, Trivium, Anterrabae, 12 Tribes, and more.
It Dies Today Tourdates: More...
Tonight I attended the Ill Nino, 40 Below Summer, Trivium and The Autumn Offering concert in Philadelphia, Pa at the Trocadero. More...
The leaders of Latin metal, Ill Nino, will be heading out for a few dates with label mates and rising stars, Trivium. Both bands are taking time from working on their latest records to play these shows. Other bands confirmed for these shows are 40 Below Summer and The Autumn Offering.
Ill Nino have had a great deal of success from their singles "How Can I Live?" and "This Time’s For Real," off their last release, Confession. Orlando’s Trivium have become the band to watch in 2005. With the March 1 release of their new album, Ascendancy, Trivium hope to inspire metal fans with their brand of music that will keep old-school and new-school fans happy.
The upcoming gigs are as follows:
12/17 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
12/18 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
12/19 - NorVa - Norfolk, VA
12/20 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
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.