Trivium Streams Nashville To The World
Band Photo: Trivium (?)
When Trivium rolled through Nashville, TN on May 25th, the Mexican restaurant on the end of the street near Exit/In (the venue) could have had no idea that their entire corner block would be surrounded by black-shirted masses from 7:00 until around 9 PM that night. It was encouraging to once again see metal fans overtake a block in the country music capital of the US – with even more people than when Cannibal Corpse invaded town at the end of April. Several hours later, Nashville showed the world via Livestream.com just how hungry they were for Trivium, as the band announced that the show would be streamed live online. It was a Friday night, nobody had to be anywhere else, and we hadn't had enough to drink yet, which are all good signs that a metal show was just what we needed.
The opening acts were local bands, and made for a surprisingly bad build-up to Trivium, although the crowd was eager and ready for the headliners. Voodoo Prophet went on first, which was the first bad decision. A high-energy band like Voodoo Prophet has no place opening in front of the low-energy psychedelic sludge-prog guys of Snake Skin Eagle. Both bands played competently, and Snake Skin Eagle even went a bit avant-garde for their style, but the crowd’s energy level was immediately cut down when Snake Skin Eagle started playing.
Voodoo prophet were tossing out guitar picks and drum sticks to a pretty raucus crowd after their set, as if they had just played a huge show, and were an obvious crowd favorite. However, Snake Skin Eagle had a few moments that approached Mastodon territory, and were the underdog critic’s pick of the two.
The sound engineer for the bands was a bit of a rookie, mixing the kick drums louder than any other instrument, making for a good aural beating. After the openers, the stage area crowd folks were not moving for anything, locked into position for Trivium. I was forced to the side of the stage to get some decent pictures of the main act.
Trivium walked out to the intro from their latest album, “In Waves,” which was surprisingly apocalyptic in nature when played through the venue’s PA system. Leading into the title track, the crowd visibly jumped in response. The set list included crowd favorites “Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr,” “A Gunshot To the Head of Trepidation,” “Into the Mouth of Hell,” and “Black.”
Real crowd-players, the band got up on the edge of the stage to lean right over the crowd and welcome bunches of air guitar fingers from the audience. Lead guitarist and vocalist Matt Heafy was particularly expressive, drawing more and more from the crowd with each “metal face”, hand-to-the-ear, or fist-to-the-air.
Drummer Nick Augusto added a surprising element of spontaneity by adding in a couple of new drum fills here and there, and the band closed the evening with “Throes of Perdition” just after their cover of Metallica’s “Creeping Death.” It’s fair to say that, with his black armbands and short hair these days, Matt Heafy pulls off the classic James Hetfield look and sound better than the actual James Hetfield these days. It was a fulfilling set that left me and the crowd with a real sense of elation. The world viewing on Livestream.com also got to see Nashville’s tenacity.
Performances from the Livestream.com stream can be seen at this link.
The next US tour dates for Trivium are in July for the Trespass America Tour.
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