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=triviumfan1991 said:why would it need to grow on you?
its too epic for people to dislike.
Because it'n not the best song they've ever done musically...it's good and I like it but it's not the best...
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I just discovered this band and they fucking kill!!! Very heavy riffs, cool breakdowns, some tastefull solos and acoustic stuff here and there!!! Very good band...I recommend them to anyone who loves brutal and melodic stuff!!! What do you think about them??
I thought I should post the Fuel for hatred tab I made...There were some tabs pretty accurate in ultimate-guitar.com but I also watched some instructional videos from Satyr and I think that I improved a lot this version, I know this isn't the most techical song but it's really fun...If you don't mind check it out...
Valerie: When you started out as a singer, you only knew how to scream. You were also really young and probably around puberty. Did it have anything to do with your voice changing and being self-conscious about your singing voice?
Matt: Yeah! When I was first asked to sing for Triviumï¿½I wasnï¿½t the original singer; there was one two weeks before meï¿½I was around 13 so I donï¿½t think that thereï¿½s really any 13 year old that can sing that well. Maybe there are a couple, but I donï¿½t know about metal! So I tried ï¿½clean singingï¿½ but it was way above my range. It was weird because of my range; I couldnï¿½t sing high at all. I still canï¿½t go that high but it was even lower, which is weird because it should be the opposite. Throughout the first year of singing, I discovered that I could scream kind of well. The original style was stripped-down thrash with screaming vocal on top. When it came time to do our Blue demo I became a little better at singing and better at screaming. So thatï¿½s when we started doing about 50/50 and we just kept progressing.
Valerie: Do you think that it makes it harder in a way to interpret the song if you break it apart like that?
Matt: For our producer it was a strange idea; he wasnï¿½t used to doing things like that, but Iï¿½ve always jumped around. I like to finish all these specifics. Itï¿½s the same way as when you record all the click tracks, then the rough guitar tracks, then the drums, the guitars, the bass and the vocals. Thatï¿½s the same way in which I want to do vocals. I guess people normally think of it as all in one package but I like to separate it so each one can be better.
Valerie: Iï¿½d like to go back to what you were saying about not caring anymore. Itï¿½s a great attitude because when you care too much, you become self-conscious and start making mistakes.
Matt: Yeah, exactly. Itï¿½s really cool that from all the band members, between me and the other three guys, Iï¿½ve learned a lot about myself and theyï¿½ve all helped me get better. If it werenï¿½t for Travis, I wouldnï¿½t have started singing at all in the band. Paulo helped me sing and screamed. Coryï¿½s also helped me numerous times. Itï¿½s really cool when that happens.
Valerie: What else did you learn about yourself aside from your singing?
Matt: A lot! Itï¿½s so much! This is the first band Iï¿½ve ever been in; the first job Iï¿½ve ever had. Itï¿½s the first time we started touring and playing in front of people. When the positives came out, it was the first time we ever had good stuff happen; when the negatives came out, it was the first time. I never got used to people saying bad stuff before about our band and about us. The first time it happens, it sucks but after a while, you get used to it. For us, we just appreciate the good. Just have a good time while you have it because life is really short.
Valerie: Right, because you never know how long itï¿½s gonna last.
Valerie: Live the moment!
Matt: Yes, we very much are!
Valerie: Thatï¿½s good! I like your answers! Do you have a health routine that you follow to keep yourself in shape vocally?
Matt: All four of us in the band, weï¿½re really healthy guys. We are health freaks! I guess itï¿½s just a personal thingï¿½ Some dudes will go out there and smoke a ton of cigarettes and weed, and scream and sing fine, but I canï¿½t. I recognize the fact that I canï¿½t. I always make sure I eat right during the day and drink tons of water; sleep rightï¿½ Itï¿½s the same fundamentals that athletes do to take care of themselves, and we try to apply that to ourselves in the band: Conditioning when weï¿½re home, cardio, exercising, eating right, and staying away from crappy food that are chemically injected. I never really drink before a show; afterwards I will sometimes, if we have a day off.
Valerie: It makes sense since because your body is your instrument so it matters what you put in it. Going back to your screaming, I know Melissa Cross talks a lot about keeping your volume low to protect the vocal cords. Do you do that?
Matt: Iï¿½ve always heard that Dio sings at a talking level and has total control like that but with me my singing is really loud. Iï¿½ve tried to pull back but I canï¿½t! I talked to Travis about it: ï¿½Dude, Iï¿½m trying to pull back!ï¿½ And heï¿½s like, ï¿½Dude, I know but youï¿½re not going to be able to!ï¿½ So my singing is about the style and my screaming is about a little quieter. Itï¿½s more of a distorted tone. Same with guitar: the clean tone is naturally louder than distortion soï¿½
Valerie: I know it often important for singers to sing their own words. Is that why you like writing lyrics as well?
Matt: Iï¿½ve always been the one to do it. Cory helped me do two of the songs of Shogun: ï¿½Upon The Shoresï¿½ and ï¿½Resurrectionï¿½. Iï¿½ve always had a thing with bands that donï¿½t perform their own music or donï¿½t sing their own stuff or just play by their people. When I started learning that bands have songs written by other people, that other people will play them for them or use backing tracks, itï¿½s always killed it musically for me. So itï¿½s always been our thing to write and play our stuff; believing in our stuff.
Valerie: Do you consider yourself more of a guitar player, a singer or a songwriter?
Matt: A lot of people are really concerned with playing a million notes on the guitar to the second. Or for singers who can do ridiculous stuff; but for me, the most important is to have a good song. Whether you are performing your songs or not, what is important is to have something that makes you connect with your audience. People will always remember a good song before they remember technical ability. I guess I was a guitar player first. I was learning other peopleï¿½s songs; that helped me get into it.
When I write, I always write the guitar first and then I add the vocals on top of that. I like the music to create a picture or a mood for myself so I can write words on top of it. I remember Paulo gave me the scratch tracks to play for production before we had words or a title on it. I heard that middle section and I pretty much wrote the words instantly as soon as I heard the guitar part because I pictured these words in my head. So I usually let the music tell me what to write.
Valerie: So what is your secret recipe to write successful songs?
Matt: You just have to write songs that connect. Songs that you like to playï¿½ You know what? Youï¿½re never gonna know what people want to hear so as long as youï¿½re being true to yourselfï¿½if theyï¿½re gonna love it, theyï¿½re gonna love it! Everything has originated from inspiration of things and itï¿½s a matter of you taking what youï¿½ve learned throughout your life to make it you own.
Valerie: Earlier you mentioned that you wanted to expand your range and study something more classically oriented. Your songs are melodic even though the screaming parts are usually more rhythmic. Are you going towards writing even more melodic tunes? Is that where the yearning to learn classical technique comes from?
Matt: Iï¿½m not sure. I think itï¿½s more along the lines of wanting to learn more things about life. I want to learn more languages, more techniques, more things just that I can apply them into these songs and see what I can do with it. I think Iï¿½m a baritone because that A; itï¿½s really hard for me to hit! I wish I were a tenor! I wish I had Freddy Mercuryï¿½s studio range. I always try to expand that way. I just want to be able to do it all! But I donï¿½t know if Iï¿½ll ever be able to!
Valerie: At what point did you feel that you needed extra help?
Matt: From the beginning, definitely! I remember one of the first demos we did at this demo studio. The guy looked at me and said, ï¿½Youï¿½re not a singer and you never will be able to sing. You canï¿½t sing!ï¿½ And I was like, ï¿½Aww?!ï¿½ But I just kept doing it anyway. I donï¿½t know why he told me that; I was just 14. Itï¿½s a pretty bad thing to say to a kid!
Valerie: Yeah, that was really mean.
Matt: I will always remember that guy saying that to me. I took it with a grain of salt and we went with it anyway. Around the time for Ascendancy I remember talking to one of my classmatesï¿½she was in choirï¿½and I was like, ï¿½Hey, do you have a vocal teacher I could maybe hang out with sometimes and take a lesson or two?ï¿½ So I took a weekï¿½s worth of vocal lesson with a church choir teacher. It helped a little bit with the idea of warming up, but not too much, because it was at the time when I was still singing and screaming 50/50 so she didnï¿½t even know what to say about the screaming!
Right before The Crusade, I took two lessons with Ron Anderson and two lessons with Melissa Cross. Before we did pre-production, I took a lesson with a classically trained opera singer, more as a joke. We videotaped it kinda like, ï¿½Ha-ha, look at this guy taking an opera lesson!ï¿½ But it actually was one of the most helpful vocal lessons Iï¿½ve ever had! When it was time to do Shogun, I said I was gonna scream in the studio but not do any live. Itï¿½s a weird thought that I was even thinking that. As soon as we started touring for Shogun, I did it all. Nowadays, I guess my voice either got used to it or I figured out how to do it right. But I can sing and scream every night, go lower and higher for screaming and nothing never hurts! I just warm-up pretty well and take care of myself.
Valerie: Since you studied with Ron Anderson and Melissa Cross that are really well known amongst professional musicians, are there any exercises that you learned that stuck with you and that youï¿½re still doing?
Matt: It would definitely be pieces both of the four people that Iï¿½ve been with that Iï¿½ve picked up. Every teacher has different styles of teaching students and I kind of picked up the parts for me that worked the best from each one. I do the Melissa Cross warm-up every single day, plus I sing for about 1 ï¿½ hours with her ten-minute exercise. Something that stuck with me from the last guyï¿½Jay, the opera guyï¿½was when I sang in the studio: when I stood, I always held my hand right where my stomach is and made sure that they were always pushing against each other. Iï¿½m not sure if I was supposed to do that but it definitely make me sing way better. I made sure it wasnï¿½t going down.
Valerie: You want your diaphragm to stay expanded. When you do that, youï¿½re keeping it wide. You can also put your hand around your hips and feel your ribs expanding in the back, too. Just like a belt around your stomach.
Matt: Definitely! It was so helpful, even with screaming, because I see lots of screamer guys who hunch way over or stand way back. Sometimes my head tilts upward slightly as well. When I used to first sing and scream live when we started touring, I had horrible posture! I was really slouched over! It didnï¿½t really mess my voice much, butï¿½ Now I keep very good posture standing and that is also very important for the way I sing.
Valerie: You mentioned that you werenï¿½t the first singer for Trivium at the beginning. Why was it important for you to step up to that role? Singing is not always about having a great voice. Why did you want to be a lead singer; be the frontman for the band?
Matt: The way I remember is that we were looking around and it took us kind of long and we had a big show coming up: our high school battle band! Travis, our drummer, whoï¿½s always been like brother to meï¿½some days Iï¿½m a brother to him but since heï¿½s older than me, he really is like my older brotherï¿½he pretty much told me to do it! At that time, I was really scared of him so I just listened; but now Iï¿½m bigger than him so Iï¿½m not scared anymore! [laughs]
Valerie: I think itï¿½s pretty interesting to see how your voice changed from your beginnings to Shogun. At first, your influences were very obvious and you got compared to another very well-known bandï¿½
Matt: Yes, all the time!
Valerie: Which Iï¿½m not gonna mention here! [laughs] Iï¿½m sure that was pretty annoying but flattering too!
Matt: It was 50/50! To be compared to the best metal band in the world is so much better than to be compared to the s***tiest! To be positive, we were always thankful because they are our favorite; without that band we wouldnï¿½t even be here! But we never really tried [to copy them]. When I compare it myself, it doesnï¿½t really sound like it to me!
Valerie: I have to say now that your tone has become unique and when we hear your voice, we know itï¿½s you!
Matt: Thank you!
Valerie: I like how you went from unconsciously imitating someone else to becoming your own true self. So how do you feel now about your voice?
Matt: Where Trivium is right now: musically, instrumentally and technically, Shogun is the best record that we have ever done because it connects everything right we have ever done as a band, but itï¿½s not the best that it will be. I think itï¿½s the same for my voice and my guitar: There is always room for improvement. I think Iï¿½m a decent singer, I think Iï¿½m a really strong screamer, but there is so much more to go!
Iï¿½m really into the idea of learning the classical way. As soon as we finish this next record, I want to learn classically, and music theory because I really want to get into classical composition. Iï¿½d like to learn about classical voice but I want to wait until this record is done. I really donï¿½t know that much about theory and I like it that way because I just go by the sound of it for vocals and guitars. Thereï¿½s always more room for being better! There is so much more I have and can learn.
Iï¿½m definitely happy about nowadays that the singing and screaming can live so perfectly together and not affect one another. I love that on all of our records and successions you hear where they all came from. Itï¿½s crazy to hear Ember to Inferno. Musically, the idea is there. It wasnï¿½t perfect but it was very close to where Triviumï¿½s sound was going, but vocally, I sound so young!
Valerie: You were young!
Matt: Even from The Crusade to Shogun to now, to the way I sound live, I think I sound better now than I did on the record! I think itï¿½s just getting better!
Valerie: Imagine how good you will sound in ten years from now!
Matt: Yeah, I hope itï¿½s good!
Valerie: On your DVD, you mentioned that you recorded all of the clean parts first and you kept the screaming for the end. You said that you donï¿½t strain when you scream but it obviously affected your voice. How did you overcome that?
Matt: Iï¿½ve only had a few lessons with a couple teachers so itï¿½s really a matter of trial and error. When we first started touring, it was really hard for me to do both and one would always give out before the other and I remember saying to the band, ï¿½I really donï¿½t think I can do it!ï¿½ I was passing all the screaming to Cory and I was just singing. Paolo was the one who said to me, ï¿½Dude, donï¿½t give a f***! Just do it!ï¿½ So with that attitude, I was just like, ï¿½All right!ï¿½ I tried and ever since then, Iï¿½ve never had any problem. The only problem I had with that way of thinking is when I was actually sick, so Iï¿½m really happy about that!
Iï¿½m really an annoyingly regimented, organized person! I like to make everything in successions. If Iï¿½m screaming first, it messes up the cleanliness of my really cleans. Iï¿½ve got the clean, middle and hard so I like to nail all the clean for all the songs first. Then I do all the middle ranges. Then slightly harder, and then all the extreme screaming. I didnï¿½t do too much on Shogun of what I can do now: I can do the high pitch black metal screaming now and the death metal, low ï¿½Cookie Monsterï¿½ stuff. I donï¿½t know why I can, but I can all of a sudden and they donï¿½t affect my clean anymore! I donï¿½t why it is but it just is so Iï¿½m happy about it!
Pretty predictable I know but i posted it just for confirmation...
So I sat down and wrote some lyrics for my band...this is my first ever attempt and English is not my native language but i though i should give it a go...Anyway here they are, please tell me what you think any opinion is welcome...Thanks in advance....
(No title yet)
trying to hide I hear you calling my name
Fade out, I choke, Every breath I take
In my eyes, there is nothing there but fear
Absolution, kill everything that's near
Dig up my grave and bury all my dreams
the constant struggle of being alive
Living is so hard
Making my way through this mess we have caused
any purpose of life is now lost
Lost within this disenchanted belief
It's easier now-turn my back, wash away you all
This disease is no longer consuming me
You had your chance
I'm waiting for your opinion, thanks for taking the time....