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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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Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0's avatar

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matt heafy could suck the tattoos off of a sailor's ass.

# Sep 11, 2008 @ 10:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Thomas Knight writes:

!!Trivium Rock!!
!!f*** Yeh!!

# Sep 11, 2008 @ 10:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. gorgedinblood writes:

???

# Sep 11, 2008 @ 3:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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corey beaulieu could suck the grief off of a recent widow.

# Sep 11, 2008 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. broken face writes:

Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 can suck the c** out of my p***s

# Sep 11, 2008 @ 5:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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Did you copy and paste my name? Or did you actually type it in character by character? Either way, that's almost as sad as you being a Trivium fan.

I can suck the cow out of my Prius? What's the supposed to mean?

# Sep 12, 2008 @ 10:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. mung writes:

Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes: I'm in a band called "Seven Feet Under" cause i'm just as gay as Trivium. yeah, we stole our name from another band and we hate myspace, so f*ck a myspace page. We also don't give a sh*t if you like our music. Get bent.

# Sep 12, 2008 @ 1:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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Thanks for being so infatuated with me that you have to not only read my profile, but copy and paste it for all to see. For anyone who wants to read what it RALLY says, go ahead and click my profile and read for yourself. If not, then follow the posted advice and get bent.

# Sep 12, 2008 @ 4:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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Plus, you just called Trivium gay, so I win anyways.

# Sep 12, 2008 @ 4:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Guttersniper writes:

^^^^^^^^^^^^
ur gayer than aids

# Sep 12, 2008 @ 4:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

^^ What ever helps you sleep at night, tough guy. ;)

# Sep 16, 2008 @ 11:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. DM725 writes:

I didn't liked Ember to Inferno and Ascendancy but the Crusade doesn't do it for me. Shogun is a return to form. Atleast its better than the new All That Remains and Metallica cd.

# Sep 18, 2008 @ 1:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. DM725 writes:

Ok I'm retarded, the above post is supposed to read...

I liked Ember to Inferno and Ascendancy but the Crusade doesn't do it for me. Shogun is good stuff. Atleast its better than the new All That Remains and Metallica cd.

# Sep 18, 2008 @ 1:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Drewbacca writes:

Hey Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0. How the hell is anyone supposed to listen to your crappy a$$ music without a myspace page? If you think small you're going to stay small Posing a$$ poser! You're posing as someone somebody should give a sh** about. But nope!! You suck at life and should quit your band and become a Broccoli farmer cause i'm sure you wouldn't suck at that nearly as bad as you do everything else.

# Sep 18, 2008 @ 1:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

Wait...I'm a poser because I DON'T have a myspace page? How about this. Where's your band at? Thought so. Ever heard of word of mouth? Maybe I don't need to whore my band out like all the f***ing goth mallcore crap cluttering up myspace already. Read my profile a little more carefully next time. Especially where it says we don't care what you think and the get bent part. That's important, too.

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 10:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

And drewbacca, I appreciate your telepathic ability to admit that you haven't heard my music, yet somehow you already have an opinion. Good job making yourself look like a tool. You insist that a band just can't manage itself without whoring itself on myspace and then you, like, totally mindmelded with our music without even hearing it!! That's so cool! You're a cool dude. Thank rudy we have people like you telling us to fall in line with the other whores. f*** off. THink for yourself. f*** myspace.

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 10:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BodomFan writes:

damn, so mush hostility goin around. i think the main point here is that....yeah Trivium's pretty gay. i love it when people get so mad cause somebody said their fav band sucks. awesome. way to let someone you've never met get the best of your emotions...god i love this site. informative, and always good for a laugh. oh yeah, and myspace is f uckin lame.

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 11:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. metalmayhem writes:

here is a quick summary of how that discussion should have gone... we are pretty talented. we want to be metallica. every album we make will be worse than the last. me and the dude from avenged sevenfold went to the same vocal coach. the end....... and i have to disagree that this album is better than the new All That Remains. The new ATR album keeps the aggression, musicianship, and brutality of past albums, plus phil can actually pull off singing parts.

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 12:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Txmetalhead writes:

The new All That Remains is not as brutal as the past albums, my opinion, but it is cool that they cover Nevermore's Believe In Nothing on the last track. They are paying tribute to a great band, and recognize true talent. NEVRMORE!

# Sep 23, 2008 @ 12:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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