Matt Heafy Discusses New Trivium Album
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Arielle Castillo of New Times Broward-Palm Beach recently conducted an interview Trivium frontman, Matt Heafy.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
New Times Broward-Palm Beach: "What’s the significance of the album’s title, 'Shogun'?"
Heafy: "I’ve always known of that word, and on our second Japanese tour, I was on a bus tour, like a tourist tour. They were talking about ancient shogun, who were the highest-ranking military people in ancient Japanese times. And I was like, Holy shit, that’s a really epic title, I want to use that for something. But I think 'The Crusade' was just about to come out, so there was no need for a title like that.
"We started writing the music for this record, and we saw how epic, how captivating the music was for the four of us, and we knew we needed a title that represented the music appropriately. So I brought up the title that I’ve always had in the back of my mind, and was like, Hey guys, how about this word? It’s perfect. It’s a word that summed up this album perfectly."
New Times Broward-Palm Beach: "Did Japanese history and folklore influence anything else with this record? I see you’ve got these traditional Japanese tattoos going on...."
Heafy: "Definitely on this record there are some Japanese historically influenced song titles, there’s also some Greek stuff, Judeo-Christian stuff. None of these are really retellings of specifically what the title is, or maybe what the song seems to be about, but they’re using these things as tools to further the lyrics even more.
"Like, the first song on the album is called 'Kirisute Gomen,' which was an ancient samurai term which was basically, if you pissed off a samurai, he could chop off your head by law. Like, sorry, but I have to take your head. I thought it was very pertinent. I liked it."
New Times Broward-Palm Beach: "So would you say this is in any way a concept kind of album?"
Heafy: "Conceptually, it’s got the same concepts going on, but it’s not a concept record. So there’s three 'concepts' in the same sentence. It does have some similar conceptual ideas."
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