2012
10.22

From WheelScene magazine, January 2012.

‘For a lot of the people who came out to the tour, it was their first time seeing us.’ says Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu, as he relaxes after, and reflects on, their recent run of shows across the UK. ‘It’s cool that there’s a constant flow of young, new fans that we get to make an impression on.’

If this is the case, Trivium’s future looks set to be as bright as their past. Their 2005 release Ascendancy did exactly what it said on the tin and propelled the Floridians from cramped toilet venues and into the mainstream metal press. Perhaps most notable was their appearance at Download Festival in the spiritual home of metal, Castle Donington, that same year, in which they were shoehorned onto the main stage bill for what turned out to be one of the most pivotal sets of their lives. An early-risen, near-capacity crowd rubbed the sleep from their eyes just in time to rub them in disbelief at the sight of this young band that had come to revitalise metal to the masses. Through the first flushes of success, they were never shy about discussing their heroes and how stoked they were to be rubbing shoulders with them, wearing their influences on the sleeves of their Maiden and Metallica shirts. Three albums later, however, Corey believes they’re a band in their own right.

‘We’ve been around for a good amount of time, so I think we’ve established what we do. We’ve always evolved with every record. With this one especially I think we’ve put a stamp on it as what we do as a band, and it stands on its own. We’ve found our niche: you can tell it’s Trivium.’
The record he speaks of is their latest album In Waves, a fifty-minute lesson in crushing chuggery, wailing riffs and uniting anthems that could start a circle pit with several times the intensity of Hurricane Bawbag. They stick to their ideals, while at the same time taking a step up from 2008’s ambitious Shogun and travelling a fair distance from the ‘80s metal tribute that was 2006’s The Crusade.
‘We’re pushing ourselves to keep the creative juices flowing instead of going stagnant and playing the same thing all the time.’ says the guitarist of this constant shift in sound. ‘I think our writing has naturally gotten better. We still do it in the same way; we gather ideas on tour then show them to each other in rehearsal and construct songs from them. We’re just more in tune with how we want to approach the overall vibe of an album now.’

Corey at Download 2005While the songwriting remains the same for Trivium, change was thrust upon Corey, singer-shredder Matt Heafy and bassist Paolo Gregoletto when founding drummer Travis Smith left the band in 2010 due to personal issues. However, when replacement Nick Augusto planked himself on the drum stool, the other members found him to be the shot of adrenaline they needed to go on.
‘Having a new drummer added a different dynamic.’ reveals Corey, with a sense of excitement creeping through in his voice. ‘It changed us for the better. We operated more smoothly while working at a faster pace. We didn’t get stuck and didn’t have to work on a song for a ridiculous amount of time. We had a good momentum and kept rolling with ideas. It was the most fun we’ve had putting an album together.’
And as much as they are enjoying the ‘amazing’ experiences that In Waves has blessed them with, the band are already looking to the future.
‘We’ve already started writing. We want to make an intense but catchy album. There is more seven-string stuff being written, which has instantly brought a different feel to the music. The songs will dictate what we’re feeling as we write. It’s very natural and subconscious; the songs usually present themselves, and a common theme usually connects them and gives the record its character. It will be a mix of the guitar pyrotechnics from Shogun and what we’re doing just now – we’re taking what we established with this album and pushing it to the next level.’

The tone of certainty in his voice as he discusses the future speaks volumes more than his description of the music. It’s clear that Trivium have matured as a band, no longer as overwhelmed and starstruck as the four youngsters who began the journey several years ago.
‘It’s rewarding that our music has reached so many people. Is it surreal? Well, it’s pretty awesome.’ he smiles. ‘I’m proud of what we’ve done, but I’m looking forward to getting our music out to new people, playing to new audiences and continuing to grow. We set high goals for ourselves, and we always work hard to succeed.’
He laughs, and a few stones of his modesty dyke come loose as he quietly relishes his success.
‘We’ve done a lot of great things,’ he concludes, still sounding as passionate as the starry-eyed 22-year-old metalhead who was launched into the big league way back when, ‘But there are even better things on the horizon.’

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