With their fifth full-length album, In Waves, Trivium make a crucial statement.
It's a statement about writing their own rules about what it means to be a contemporary metal band. It's a statement that encompasses boundary-defying music, moods, movement, and visuals. It's a statement that's emblematic of their evolution. It's a statement that's going to impact anyone open to it.
While on the road in 2009, the first rumblings of In Waves began. Trivium vocalist and guitarist Matt Heafy had already started pondering the direction the band would take for their fifth offering. So far, they'd excelled at the standard hallmarks of the genre, and he wanted to do something new.
Each one of their albums—Ascendancy (2005), The Crusade (2006), and Shogun (2008)—garnered unanimous critical and fan acclaim. Ascendancy cemented the band's place in the metal-verse, selling over half-a-million copies worldwide.
Shogun debuted at #23 on the Billboard Top 200 and in the top 100 in 18 other countries. All over the globe, they rose to the ranks of metal elite, sharing the stage with everyone from Iron Maiden and Slipknot and dominating festivals such as Download, Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and OZZfest. They'd done everything the way that a metal band is supposed to. However, even with all of this success, Heafy and his cohorts guitarist Corey Beaulieu, bassist Paolo Gregoletto, and drummer Nick Augusto had gotten frustrated with the state of metal and yearned to break out.
"In my opinion, this album really was a response to what we've ever done as a band and everything we're seeing in contemporary music," declares Heafy. " We want to take metal a step further. We're not going to tell anyone what In Waves means. We want to put imagination and creativity back in the mind of the listener."
Trivium let the music do the talking this time around. The title track and first single hinges on a pummeling polyrhythmic guitar groove that breaks into one of the band's most infectious choruses just before a haunting guitar melody sails off into the distance. Rather than simply modifying their sound, they expanded it with elegant sonic textures and crushingly calculated chaos. The technical prowess is tempered by a melodic sensibility often unexplored by bands in this genre.
About the song, Gregoletto explains, "To me, the 'In Waves' riff is what anger and hopelessness I felt would sound like if emoted musically. It was the first riff I wrote after we got off the road for Shogun, and it's inspirationally somewhere in between the technicality of Meshuggah and the straightforward groove of Sepultura, but it channels a new intensity. After that song, we weren't afraid to push ourselves out of familiar territory anymore."
"It was the turning point for the music," Heafy reveals. "It's got the simplest chorus we've ever had, and it meant something different to each of us. There's minimalist spin."
However, that simplicity breeds complexity as each song takes on a life of its own. "Inception of the End" drops from a speedy thrash air raid into an anthemic arena-filling refrain, while vocal harmonies climb alongside schizophrenic screams on "Watch the World Burn." "Of All These Yesterdays" takes flight on a propulsive hum and an off-kilter solo. Everything culminates during "Leaving This World Behind," which pairs a classically influenced acoustic guitar with a chilling scream and an orchestral, electronic undercurrent. "Built to Fall" shatters an off-time riff with a hyper-charged hook that sees Heafy channeling a new charisma.(continued above)
The entire album moves and shifts like one fluid entity. Heafy adds, "There was a conscious effort to tie everything together. Since we pulled back on so much of the musical complexity, it was about the song and we were able to connect on a basic level. It wasn't about trying to insert another big word in the lyrics or another solo. We weren't worried about showing how technical or brutal we could sound. It was about making something great. When I simplified the lyrics, they were able to be translated into multiple definitions, expanding the album to a multi-purposed work of art."
In order to paint this aural pastiche, the band retreated to Paint It Black Studios in Altamonte Springs, FL with production triumvirate Colin Richardson [Machine Head, Bullet for My Valentine], Martyn "Ginge" Ford and Carl Bown in early 2011. The band had already conceived the vision for the album over two years of writing and volleying visual concepts around, so recording allowed the band to continue to experiment. Surprisingly, Heafy didn't turn to his iPod for inspiration though.
"On this record, my influences weren't music," he explains. "My influences were film and directors like David Lynch, Lars Von Trier, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Christopher Nolan. It was also the idea of modern art. I used to not get modern art and museums. I went to The Louvre four years ago and it got me into classical art. Then I started getting into modern art. I like modern art because it completely disregards all of the pre-set rules. Contemporary art can be anything. There is no right or wrong. That encouraged me on In Waves. We made the music we wanted to make."
In order to keep pushing the envelope, Trivium experimented with a myriad of sounds and textures, employing everything from cardboard tubes, fire extinguishers, napkins, and out-of-tune pianos to make sounds. Working with new drummer Nick Augusto in the studio also helped facilitate the process. Beaulieu exclaims, "Nick's a fantastic drummer, and he soaked everything up really quickly. We moved at such a fast pace together and we were able to accomplish a lot more in a short amount of time. It was a very creative, fast-moving, and enjoyable experience. Having that positive environment with Nick made it a lot more fun and it made the songs better."
However, the songs will ultimately continue to get better as their vision comes into clearer focus. Heafy sums it up best. "If a CD is like the soundtrack to a movie, In Waves is the entire film. It's everything. It's the soundtrack, the visuals, and the packaging. It's a full-on visual experience rather than being the standard format. The whole purpose of art is to inspire creativity and other art. No one made the album we wanted to hear yet so we made it ourselves. It's time to take metal to another place and bring in new people."
Been playing since i was 12 or 13....my dads a drummer so he bought me my first drum set. started jamming with paolo around age 12 we had our first band called "roadkill" hahaa...then another metallica type rip off called metal militia lol. those were my first musical acts. years after the departure of that band... i formed a band called implosive disgorgence i was in for years and another band after that maruta and we went on to do 3 u.s. tours....worked hard with that band and scored a deal with willowtip records...wanted to take the next leap and figured i would give drum teching a shot...was lots of fun and learned alot...now im playing in trivium :)
Instrument: Drums, Percussions
Birthplace: ft lauderdale, FL
Equipment: Remo, Pearl, Promark
Matthew Kiichi Heafy
Instrument: Guitars, Vocals
Birthday: January 26, 1986
Birthplace: Iwakuni, Japan
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst
Gibson Les Paul Custom Black
Gibson Les Paul Custom White
Gibson Les Paul Custom '68 Black
Gibson Les Paul Custom Black (The 1st)
Gibson Explorer White
Gibson Explorer Black
Epiphone V 7 String Black
Gibson SJ-200 Acoustic
Gibson SJ-300 Rosewood Acoustic
Marshall JVM210H Heads (Custom Modded/Hot-Rodded)
Marshall JCM900 1960 BV Cabinets
Palmer Speaker Simulation Rack
Dunlop Jazz 3 Picks
Dunlop Black Straps
Dunlop Strap Locks
Dunlop .09 - .50 Strings
Futuresonics In Ear Monitors
The Beatles, Queen, Depeche Mode
I was born in Miami, Florida on September 14th, 1985. My mom is from Pennsylvania and my dad is from Italy. Neither of my parents play music, but my grandfather has been playing piano and singing since he was a child and he is pushing 90 now (he is amazing by the way!) I attended catholic school from kindergarden till I graduated high school. My first car was a 1974 Dodge Dart Sport which was a hemi orange, extremely loud and fast rust bucket. My first bass was a entry level yamaha 4 string bass which I still have to this day. I played a lot of sports growing up, my favorite being soccer which I played from 3 years old up till I graduated.
I started playing bass at 11 or 12, and guitar a year and half later. Nick and I, along with two other grade school friends, decided to step into the big leagues and play the 14th annual St. Coleman's Italian Festival. We played three songs with no vocals, Dammit by Blink 182, Self-Esteem by the Offspring, and For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica. We also had a summer camp band called "Road Kill," which also featured Nick's brother on bass and me on guitar. Around 13 we started Metal Militia, which I would play in till I joined Trivium in 2004. Trivium and Metal Militia played two shows together, one in Daytona Beach and one in Tampa. We kept in touch a bit, but it wasn't till I became friends with Jason Suecof that I heard the blue demo which they had just finished. I went to record a demo for new Metal Militia stuff around the time Brent had left Trivium. The timing worked out perfect and I offered to give the upcoming Road Rage tour a shot filling in on bass. I went in with the intentions of having a good time and making the best of the experience, even if it wasn't a permanent thing. That tour was a blast, and they ended up asking me to join and play on the upcoming Road Runner debut, Ascendancy.
Instrument: Bass Guitars, Vocals
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2 Custom B.C. Rich Mockingbird (Neck-Thru, Dimarzio Pickups) 4 and 5 string
B.C. Rich NJ Series 5 string Innovator
B.C. Rich NJ Series 5 string Eagle
B.C. Rich Signature Warlock
Construction: bolt on
Body wood: basswood
Top style: flat top
Tuners: B.C. Rich® die-cast
Frets: 24 jumbo
Scale: 34” 4-string, 35" 5-string
Bridge: Adjustable stop
Pickups: 2 B.C. Rich® humbuckers
Controls: 1 volume, 1 blend, 1 bass and 1 treble (all active)
Peavey Tour Series 700 bass head
Peavey Tour Series 8x10
Boss Bass Overdrive Pedal
Dunlop Bass Wah
EMG P5's (Mockingbird)
EMG 40 DC''s (Warlock)
Favorite bands (all time):
Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Sepultura, Death, Iron Maiden
Currently listening to:
The Police, Death, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Kiss, Queensryche
Instrument: Guitars, Vocals
Hometown: Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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mxr smart gate
mxr gt- od overdrive
mxr- evh phase 90
Boss ns-s Noise Gate
Ibanez Tube Screamer