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@ Ela and Trivnut - thanks for the kind words.
Things have been ok, just keeping busy with work and other commitments.
I'm still getting used to the new layout and such of this site, it's quite different from when this place first started up.
Good times right ;)
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I don't know who this fella is, if he is a member on here, dude...great f***ing job dude...
This guy nail's perfectly (Including solos);
Into the Mouth of Hell We March
Throes of Perdition
Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis
Of Prometheus and the Crucifix
Seriously, have a watch...
Here ya go :)
Over the past 5 - 6 years, i've become more and more in depth with music, in the beginning, it was just a music listener, and now for the last bascically 3 years, i've worked very hard to get where i am with capability with Guitar, i also sing/scream, either doesnt bother me but singing is more interesting and enjoyable for me personally, i've been doing that for the last 2 years.
Im extremely anxious to start a band with a fair amount of influence of Trivium, bits and pieces of Metallica, Testament and Iron Maiden.
Im looking for Persistant, committed, whole hearted musicians, not people who just want to be in a band for the idea of being in a band, I want this to be for real, something to work hard on, make something out of ourselves.
If there are any Sydney based musicians who are as anxious as I am, please contact me!
PM me, add me on MSN, Myspace, WHATEVER!
We (my friend Martin and I) got to the the venue (The National) in Richmond Virginia about an hour before my first interview of the event with Corey Beaulieu of Trivium. Nothing kills time like watching Robot Chicken on an iPod, so the time went by pretty quick. I made my phone call to the tour manager to let her know I was there, but she didnâ€™t answer. About 20 minutes later and a little asking around, I found out that she had a mishap the night before with her computer and had to try to get it fixed or replaced before the show. So by the time I got to interview Corey it was about an hour and a half later than expected. I was also supposed to interview Phil Labonte from All That Remains, but that not only got delayed, but changed to in interview with Mike Martin and Oli Herbert. That will be up later in the week. It sucked that I didnâ€™t get to interview Phil because I had interviewed him once before and he was a really cool guy to interview. Sometimes you have to adapt and roll with the changes. Interview after the foldâ€¦
When I finally got to interview Corey he was watching a college football game in one of the lounges of the venue. If you have never had a chance to see Corey or Matt from Trivium in person then you probably have no idea how tall these guys are and Corey is a big dude. He was really nice and offered quite a bit of insight into the band. Now keep in mind, when transcribing the recording to words, I make myself sound as if Iâ€™m a lot better at interviewing a band than I really am. In fact I kind of suck at asking the questions unless I write them down perfectly and read them offâ€¦perfectly. Oh well, Iâ€™ll learn as I go along. Here we goâ€¦
MM: Howâ€™s the tour been going so far? Any bumps in the road, besides Melissaâ€™s (tour manager)obvious mishap?
Corey: Awesome, nothing really. Itâ€™s been a really smooth tour and the shows have been fuckinâ€™ awesome. Great start off and weâ€™re almost done, go home in 2 days so, for a short, brief time and back out again.
MM: Who are you going back out with this time?
Corey: Next Friday weâ€™re going back out to tour with Slayerâ€¦
MM: Thatâ€™s right, on the Unholy Alliance tour. Thatâ€™s awesome. One of the big bands youâ€™ve been wanting to get on tour with?
Corey: Yeah, itâ€™s always awesome going out on tour with a band that you grew up listening to and stuff like that so itâ€™s always fun. So weâ€™re looking forward to that and thereâ€™s a lot of cool bands on the tour so itâ€™s going to be fun.
MM: Shogun just came out a couple of weeks ago and sales have been pretty good so far, Iâ€™ve been looking at that. I donâ€™t know how much you guys really care about that, but every cares about CD sales though right?
Corey: Eh, I donâ€™t really pay much attention. It just came out so weâ€™re just trying to get it out to as many people as possible. Itâ€™s a long tour cycle so Iâ€™ll start paying attention probably near the end and see where we got it to. Right now itâ€™s a record that just really word of mouth and people hearing it and just talking about it and stuff like that because weâ€™re really not aâ€¦especially in the states because weâ€™re not a big mainstream media, like band so itâ€™s just all about going out and playing show, letting people hear it and see us.
MM: Shogun. There is not a whole lot of simplicity in that album at all, or is that simplistic to you as far as guitar work goes.
Corey: Well itâ€™s really not that difficult for us because we write it so itâ€™s just what naturally comes out so everything we do is just pretty basic for us. Other people might think it;s really pretty whacked out but we get it.
MM: Itâ€™s not something that you can really just listen and learn to play. For most people itâ€™s probably just reading tablature and hope you;re good enough to keep up.
So with the Crusade, you guys changed things up a little bit. You guys said that you were going to do what you wanted and didnâ€™t care. I read an interview where Matt said something to the effect of â€œThis time around we just said â€˜fuck itâ€™, weâ€™re going to do it how we want an if people donâ€™t like it too bad.â€ And it came over like that because a lot of people started saying a lot of that â€œMetallica Cloneâ€ B.S. after it was released. People love to hate Trivium, but for every hater there are like 5 others that love you guys. But you know, I didnâ€™t hear that until about 6 months after it came out, but I was thinking, you know, maybe the first or second song on the record might have a little Metallica feel to it, but as far as that I really didnâ€™t see it. With that said and a lot of people saying that stuff, when you go to write a new album do you guys take in to consideration what people were saying about the last album or do you just get out there and start writing a new album?
Corey: ah, we just start writing and whatever comes out, comes out. When The Crusade came out, that album had to be made at that time to keep things interesting. If we wrote another album like Ascendancy we probably wouldnâ€™t still be playing anymore because itâ€™s not..with The Crusade we kept things interesting and try something new and make it exiting and fun by experimenting and showing people different sides of what we can do and not be pigeonholed to the same thing all the time. That record was a big stepping stone to being able to do what we did on this record. If we didnâ€™t do the Crusade, this record probably wouldnâ€™t sound the way it does. We just did it and we knew we had some changes in the dynamics of that record and people might wonder what the fuck happened because of the drastic difference from the previous record. The point was to make a record different than the one before, so we try not to repeat ourselves so we try to introduce something new to our next album. Some new shit soâ€¦
MM: I listened to Shogun a handful of times and I really like it and it;s a lot different from letâ€™ say The Crusade because it kind of sounds like a mix of a lot of stuff from Ascendancy and The Crusade coming together because of all the fast breakdowns and slowdowns, clean vocals again mixed with screaming again and I like it a lot. Anyway, a lot of bands say that they write their songs for themselves and not necessarily for their fans. Is that like a half-truth or how much truth is there to that? Do you write your songs with the thought in mind â€œIs this catchy? Are the fans going to like it? Does it have good hooks?â€
Corey: Ever since we started, before we even had fans we write songs and if it sound cool, if it something you dig then thatâ€™s what you go with. And then eventually the stuff that you like that you write and fans like you just got toâ€¦If you enjoy what you write, you hope the fans feels the same way because thatâ€™s what you start off doing in the first place. You don;t have fans when you first start jamming with a few people in your garage, writing songs so. If the four of us back it and we dig what we wrote then we feel itâ€™s strong enough to put it out. Before a record comes out, no one hears it but us, so we have to feel good about it and if you feel good about it you put it out, and hopefully the fans do too. Every record weâ€™ve done weâ€™ve just written songs that we enjoyed playing and weâ€™d listen to it because weâ€™re fans ourselves.
MM: How many songs did you originally write for Shogun? Did you have like 15 or 20 songs and then have to cut it down tooâ€¦?
Corey: The original guitar demos was just like song ideas of 20 some songs and whittle it down to the strongest ones and focus on those we got it down to like 14 songs or some shit like that for the album.
MM: Now is it different going in to recordâ€¦like back when you did your first album and you had the demos and then you get in and record in the studio. Is it a bit different now where you might go in to the studio with a bunch of bits and pieces and get in to the studio and put it all together?
Corey: Well wee all wrote some riffs and â€œClick-tracksâ€ and kind of pass them along to each other and jam them. By the time we go in to the studio, the songs are already put together but we might change some riffs around here and there, but with how expensive studio time is, we make sure everything is set and ready to go when we get there.
MM: So you guys to a lot of pre-production?
Corey: Yeah, we do a lot in our rehearsal space and our producer will come down and kind of iron out stuff in songs and change up drum parts. Maybe experiment a little in different directions, a change of the drum pattern here or there might change up the dynamics and make it sound cool and more interesting. We do all that stuff in the rehearsal space and fuck around with the songs till we feel itâ€™s the best itâ€™s going to be and then we go in to the studio bust out all the songs.
MM: Now 4 records and 4 different producers? (Obviously Iâ€™m clueless about their producers at this point)
Corey: Um actually all of our first 3 records were done with the same guy and with new record we worked with this new guyâ€¦.
MM: Have you guys thought about keeping him for the next record or look in to someone new?
Corey: Um, same guy we did this record with, we definitely really want to work with on the next record. He brought something new to the table. We really only recorded one way with the last records and he brought a lot of experience and different way to capture what we were looking for and his personality fit really well and had a great time in the studio and had a really good working vibe and stuff. So, definitely the next record. We learned a lot about recording now and it was a learning experience, so definitely the next one.
MM: So youâ€™re heading out on the Unholy Alliance tour with Slayer and you opened for Iron Maiden earlier this year, right?
Corey: That was like 2006.
MM: Really? I thought you guys opened for them recently?
Corey: Well we opened for one show.
MM: Looking back there was something on the Internet where Avenged Sevenfold opened for them and they were not received all that well.The people there absolutely hated them. How were you guys received by the fans?
Corey: We toured with them over in Europe and it was awesome. We had great crowd responses. We just went out there and fuckin rocked everybody and they fuckinâ€™â€¦we enjoyed it. There were a lot of shows where it was pretty amazing how the Iron Maiden crowd got really in to it. You just got toâ€¦Hopefully with those kind of bands you just go to go out there and fuckinâ€™ hammer them. You canâ€™t go out and sit there and expect them to respond to you immediately, you got to go out there and fuckin be aggressive and berate them. Yell at them and be aggressive.
MM: Well Avenged Sevenfold is a totally different band so I can understand why they didnâ€™t take to them kindly.
What are some of the tour essentials, besides the obvious macbook. (everyone seemed to have a macbook on that tour. I donâ€™t know if Mac was a sponsor or what) What are some â€œMust havesâ€?
Corey: Laptop, iPod, phone, a big bag of bathroom stuff and DVD, video games, but no video games on this tour. Whatever things you can bring from home to make it comfortable. Make it livable on tour and being away.
MM: How about drama? Is there any head butting? Any Arguments?
Corey: Not really, we all get along pretty well.
MM: Ok, cool. Last questions and these are just kind of fun type questions. First oneâ€¦Who would win a fist fight, Rob Halford or Bruce Dickinson?
MM: Guitar duel, Dave Mustain or Kirk Hammet?
MM: Death Metal Karaoke, Chris Barnes or Glen Benton?
Corey: (Pause) Glen Benton.
MM: More evil, Glenn Danzig or Kerry King?
Corey: Um, I don;t think either are evil at allâ€¦Iâ€™d have to go with Kerry King though because heâ€™s got â€œGod Hates Us Allâ€ Tattooed on his arm.
MM: And last oneâ€¦who can drink more Matt Heafy or Corey?
MM: How do you pronounce your last name?
Corey: Beaulieu (Bowl-yur)
MM: thatâ€™s not how it looks, but shit, I might have spelled it wrong anyway. Can you spell it for me?
MM: Iâ€™m just curious, man cause every time Iâ€¦ (Laughing)..ok. I really appreciate your time and weâ€™ll see you out there.
..Arielle Castillo of New Times Broward-Palm Beach recently conducted an interview Matt Heafy.
A couple of excerpts from the chat can be found below.
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.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach: Why did you choose not to work with Jason Suecof on this album?
Heafy: Including TRIVIUM, and CAPHARNAUM, and Roadrunner United, and every demo TRIVIUM's ever done, and the Sims 2 game, and all this other shit, Jason and I have worked together about 15 times. It was time for both of us to spread our wings and listen to each other's work as fans as opposed to having to think of each other always in a work manner.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach: That sounds like a really polished answer.
Heafy: It's totally true.
There are so many things we've done together â€” death metal, black metal, joke emo, Roadrunner United, TRIVIUM.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach: So you just said, Thanks, but no thanks?
Heafy: No, no, he didn't evenâ€¦ Both of us knew that after the last record, it was time to start doing things differently.
I'm gonna work with him on a CAPHARNAUM record, so this way we can just be in a band together and not be work partners.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach: Back to the actual music, you've also said that you've brought more screaming back. But around the last record, you seemed kind of anti-screaming, and against other bands that were doing screaming at the time.
With the last record, with all the good and bads that came out of "Ascendancy".
Like, we really feel that "Ascendancy" was ahead of its time, and "Ember to Inferno".
Because those records were done before all the countless other bands were doing that same sing-scream, sing-scream formula.
Whereas us, we were heavily influenced by the metal bands that did it, and our screaming didn't come from anything other than melodic death metal, or bands like TESTAMENT, PANTERA, or DEATH, out of Florida.
So when it came time for the next record, with all the goods and bads that came out of "Ascendancy", we wanted to make a record that was still TRIVIUM, but the exact opposite of that....
New Times Broward-Palm Beach: What do you mean by "the bads?"
Heafy: When that first record came out, with the first string of press, they were like, What the fuck is this? A bunch of 16-, 17-year-olds saying they want to conquer the world? But for us, it's fantastic that we came out like that, we came out showing the world that we were not afraid, and not going to do it the way everyone else does it.
And that leads up to "The Crusade", and we wanted to do something completely different. If we had done the same record, our fans and our band would have gotten bored, and I don't think we'd be around any more.
I think with "The Crusade" we showed that, hey, we're gonna do exactly what we want all the time.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach: Did a lot of your fans get pissed off with that first shift in direction?
Heafy: Some did, but the people who were like, I'm never gonna listen to you again because of this record, then how much of a fan were you in the first place? We still play the old shit, we play it true to the original. People love it or they hate it, awesome. As long as there's no in-between.
Read the entire interview from New Times Broward-Palm Beach.