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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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.