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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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...
In Orlando Weekly's "Best of Orlando 2004 Edition," this publication features "Best of 2004" ranging from Sports & Recreation, Local Color, Goods & Services, Food & Drink and Arts & Entertainment around Florida. That being said, someone today stumbled upon the following piece on new RR act Trivium, rated Best Metal Act in this "Best Of 2004" piece. What was written about Trivium? Read below:
"They released a great record - "Ember to Inferno" - late last year on a German label, and then, within the space of a few months, found themselves booked on tours with the likes of Iced Earth and Chimaira and ended up signed to Roadrunner Records. Like, that's a big deal. And, unlike some of Orlando's other nationally known 'heavy' bands, the gut-punching power metal that Trivium delivers is something to be proud of, as their combination of metal's heavy history and abundant technical proficiency results in something truly forward-looking and strong. Goes to show what happens when a band sets out to be 'good' rather than 'famous.'"
A few new stops have been tacked onto the upcoming "Road Rage 2004 Tour" itinerary, the newest are as follows:
August 11th Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
August 16th Houston, TX - Engine Room
August 17th San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
August 25th Minneapolis, MN - The Quest
August 28th Denver, CO - The Gothic Theatre
As previously reported, the "Road Rage 2004 Tour" features Machine Head, Chimaira, Trivium and Three Inches Of Blood
A bunch of dates have been announced for the RoadRage 2004 tour, which is scheduled to kick off early August and run through mid-September. Joining co-headliners MACHINE HEAD and CHIMAIRA will be Roadrunner Records' newest signings, THREE INCHES OF BLOOD and TRIVIUM. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Aug. 03 - The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
Aug. 04 - Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
Aug. 05 - The Bomb Shelter - Manchester, NH
Aug. 06 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (w/ KITTIE, CANDIRIA, 36 CRAZYFISTS, TWELVE TRIBES)
Aug. 07 - Irving Plaza - NYC, NY
Aug. 08 – TLA - Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 09 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC
Aug. 10 - NorVa - Norfolk, VA
Aug. 13 – Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Aug. 14 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
Aug. 20 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 21 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Aug. 22 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
Aug. 23 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Aug. 28 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
Orlando, Florida's TRIVIUM have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The band — Matthew Heafy (lead vocals, guitar), Cory Beaulieu (guitar), Brent Young (bass) and Travis Smith (drums) — 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.
TRIVIUM come to the label through Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner (SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, TYPE O NEGATIVE). Says Conner: "TRIVIUM show an incredible maturity and finesse in their music considering the young age of songwriter, Matthew Heafy. I can only imagine where he will be in ten years. Plus, he has the drive, determination and smarts to match his musical muscle. Matthew and the rest of band have grown up listening to all the acts I've signed over the years, so to have TRIVIUM here, helping shaping Roadrunner's future metal template, is a real thrill for me on a personal level."
Roadrunner's Mike Gitter, who is co-A&Ring with Conner, adds:
"Not only is TRIVIUM a great metal band....they're a great band, period. At 18, Matt Heafy has a better developed sense of musical theory and melody than most successful musicians twice his age. These guys crackle with the same sort of vibe you felt about bands like METALLICA or MEGADETH in the 80's... Out to prove that they're top of their game and willing to do what it takes to get there."
The band were equally enthusiastic about calling Roadrunner their new home.
"It's beyond a dream to be a part of Roadrunner," says Heafy. "I mean hell, I grew up listening to Roadrunner bands: SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, COAL CHAMBER, SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, FEAR FACTORY… those are some of my earliest influences — ever! Being on a label that can really push a band to achieve massive status is so exciting. I know we will live on the road and that's the very thing I've wanted my whole life. On a final note, my mission statement to Roadrunner is 'Let's conquer the world!' " Cory Beaulieu adds: "Roadrunner Records' professionalism and contribution to the scene is huge. We are honored to be part of such a great roster — past and present.”
Catch TRIVIUM on tour in support of GOD FORBID throughout the U.S. beginning April 4. The band's as-yet-untitled Roadrunner debut will be recorded this summer for a fall 2004 release.
Trivium will be heading to New York January 11th thru January 18th to shoot their first music video for "Ember To Inferno". Dale Resteghini from Raging Nation Films will taking care of the production ( Dale just directed HateBreeds "This is Now" currently #1 on the CVC Report in addition to having helmed videos for Most Precious Blood, E-Town Concrete, Stretch Am Strong and many others).
They also have a couple of gigs on their schedule:
03/06-03/07 US - Pinellas Park, FL, Sun and Steel Metal Festival @ Pinellas Park Expo Center
03/12-03/13 US - NJ Metal Meltdown @ tba
Trivium have added a track entitled 'Like Light To The Flies' which was recorded at AudioHammer Studios over the thanksgiving holidays on their website. You can check it out here.
Trivium will be heading to New York January 11th through January 18th to shoot their first music video for their title track 'Ember To Inferno' with Dale Resteghini from Raging Nation Films. In other Trivium news, the band have been endorsed by Peavey equipment which will be used during their video shoot.