Formation and Ember to Inferno (1999–2004)
The band formed in 1999. At his eighth-grade talent show, Matt Heafy performed a cover version of “No Leaf Clover” by Metallica. Singer Brad Lewter noticed Heafy and later asked him to try out for his band as lead guitarist. The pair went over to drummer Travis Smith‘s house where they played a rendition of Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls“. Impressed with Heafy’s performance, they accepted him into the band known as “Trivium”, which is a Latin three-way intersection they used to explain their music as combining metalcore, melodic death metal and thrash metal. Lewter played a number of local gigs with the band before departing about a year later. In mid-2001 Trivium parted ways with its bassist. Trivium asked Richie Brown from local black metal band Mindscar to fill in on bass duties until a full-time member could be brought in. A string of successful shows followed and then a search was conducted for a permanent bassist.
In late 2002, Trivium went into the recording studio to record its first high-quality demo disc. A copy of the demo was heard by German label Lifeforce which signed Trivium, and the band entered a studio to record its debut album, Ember to Inferno. Lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu joined after the recording of the album. In 2004, Paolo Gregoletto joined as the band’s bassist, replacing Brent Young, before a tour with Machine Head. The album Ember to Inferno managed to garner the interest of Roadrunner Records representatives, who later signed Trivium to the label. The band then began writing songs for their major label debut.
In 2004, Trivium recorded its second album, Ascendancy, in Audiohammer Studios and Morrisound Recording in Florida. Produced by Heafy and Jason Suecof, the album was released in March 2005. The album debuted at No. 151 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 4 on the Top Heatseekers chart. Allmusic reviewer Johnny Loftus stated on Ascendancy, Trivium are a “ridiculously tight quartet, unleashing thrilling dual guitar passages and pummeling kick drum gallops as surely as they do melodic breaks and vicious throat screams.” and Rod Smith of Decibel magazine praised “Smith’s impeccably articulated beats, bassist Paolo Gregoletto’s contained thunder, and, especially, Heafy and guitarist Corey Beaulieu’s liquid twin leads.” The album was also recognized as the “Album of the Year” by Kerrang! magazine. Later in 2007 the band received their first Gold Record in the UK for more than 100,000 Sales.
|“Pull Harder on the Strings of your Martyr”“Pull Harder on the Strings of your Martyr” from Ascendancy, 2005.|
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In 2005, Trivium played the first Saturday set on the main stage at Download Festival in Castle Donington, England, credited by Matt Heafy as the gig that really launched Trivium on the world stage. Singles and music videos were released for “Like Light to the Flies“, “Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr“, “A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation“, and “Dying in Your Arms“. The videos for these songs gained rotation on Scuzz TV and MTV2‘s Headbangers Ball and “Pull Harder on The Strings of Your Martyr” has become one of the band’s most well known songs and is the song that they usually close their sets with. In support of the album, Trivium played on numerous tours with well-known artists. The band opened for Killswitch Engage, Iced Earth, Fear Factory, and Machine Head, who were one of Heafy’s largest influences. Trivium also played at Road Rage 2005 and Ozzfest.
Ascendancy was re-released in 2006 with four bonus tracks and a DVD containing all of the band’s music videos and live footage.
The Crusade (2006–2007)
In April 2006, after a headlining tour with Mendeed and God Forbid as openers, Trivium entered the studio with Suecof and Heafy producing again. The band played the Download Festival for a second time, again on the main stage, with Korn and Metallica. Trivium released The Crusade in October 2006. Debuting at number 25 on the Billboard 200, the album sold over 32,000 copies in its first week of sales. Heafy’s vocals had changed from the metalcore scream of the previous albums to clean singing. This new singing style, along with the band’s thrash metal music, were criticised as sounding too much like Metallica, who was a major influence on the band.
The band supported the album by touring with Iron Maiden and Metallica, appearing on the Black Crusade tour with Machine Head, Arch Enemy, DragonForce and Shadows Fall, as well as headlining a European tour with supporting acts Annihilator and Sanctity and acquiring an opening slot on the Family Values Tour with Korn. Trivium was named the best live band of 2006 at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.
Shogun and departure of Travis Smith (2008–2009)
Trivium started working on a new album with producer Nick Raskulinecz in October 2007. Heafy stated he wanted to bring back the screaming that was found on Ascendancy, and the band said they chose not to work with Suecof again because they already recorded three albums with him and wanted to explore new ideas. Recording ended June 2008. In an interview with the UK’s Metal Hammer magazine in May 2008, Heafy said that their new album was to have “more thrash influences, more screaming.” He told Revolver magazine, “For the first time, we can’t look at our songs and say who the riffs sound like. We’re really making our own stuff and our own kind of music and art form, and that’s exciting.” In September 2008, Trivium released their fourth full-length album, Shogun. The album sold 24,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, debuting at number 23 on the Billboard 200 chart as well as number 1 in the UK Rock Album Charts.
Trivium toured extensively throughout 2009 in support of Shogun, with two headline legs of the US, a headline slot on the Mayhem Festival second stage, an Australia/Japan leg, as well as a conclusive UK run in March 2010. Throughout their headline runs, they were supported by Chimaira, Darkest Hour, Dirge Within, Whitechapel, Rise to Remain and Black Tide. They were also booked as a co-headliner for Australia’s Soundwave Festival in February 2010.
Travis Smith unofficially left the band on the second leg of the “Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour” tour. On February 4, 2010, the band announced that Travis had indeed officially left the band and fill-in drummer, ex-drum tech, Nick Augusto, was replacing him. Augusto is a former member of Maruta and Metal Militia, in which he played with Gregoletto. The band has not yet stated the reason of his departure. While Trivium’s relationship with Smith had deteriorated over the years, the band had no immediate plans to replace him when he announced in late October 2009 that he would be sitting out the ‘Into the Mouth of Hell We March’ tour to take care of “some personal business.”
Trivium contributed to the God of War III soundtrack by recording the song, “Shattering the Skies Above”. It is exclusively included on God of War: Blood & Metal, a digital EP that comes with the Ultimate Edition of the game and is available from the iTunes Store. The band has also recorded a cover of the song “Slave New World” by Sepultura. “Shattering the Skies Above” was also released exclusively to their fanclub (TriviumWorld) on February 12, 2010 and was released widely on February 15. The next day their Sepultura cover “Slave New World” was released as a free download for members of the UK via Metal Hammer UK. Both of aforementioned songs re-issued on their deluxe version of the album “In Waves”.
In Waves (2010–2012)
In an interview with Guitar World, it was stated that for their fifth studio album, Trivium will move forward by looking back. The group will forgo the complex epic compositions, tricked-out leads and seven-string guitars that characterized its past two albums. Trivium will take an approach similar to that of its second album Ascendancy (2005) by using uncluttered riffs, Drop C# tuning, and more straightforward solos. “When we did Ascendancy, we were writing specifically for the songs, not to show how well we could play,” says frontman and guitarist Matt Heafy. “That wasn’t exactly the case with our next two records.”
In the bonus content for the November 2011 issue of Guitar World, Matt Heafy talked about why the band decided to record this album in Drop D♭ as opposed to Drop D. “For the whole record of ‘In Waves’ we’re in Drop D♭, so it’s kind of like (Ascendency), just a half step lower, and everything that we do from all of the albums is half a step flat. It’s mainly for the vocals. (It’s) not that I can’t sing higher, it’s just easier with the amount of shows we do.”
On June 6, Metal Hammer revealed that the band have decided to entitle their upcoming album In Waves and that it would be released on August 9, 2011. On June 19, Trivium debuted two new songs live in Birmingham entitled “Dusk Dismantled” and “Black”. On the June 28 “Dusk Dismantled” was released to TriviumWorld users only; it was released to general public on the 29th. On July 13, the premiere of “Inception of the End” was released to the general public on the website Hot Topic.
In Waves was released in August 2011 worldwide, and received generally positive reviews. Kerrang! described the album as “draws from the band’s entire repertoire and shapes what it finds into a defining and definitive set”. A special edition was released featuring the tracks: “Ensnare the Sun”, “A Grey So Dark”, “Drowning in Slow Motion”, “Slave New World” cover and the single from the God of War III soundtrack “Shattering the Skies Above”.
Trivium participated in a co-headlining trek with Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames in both Europe and North America. European support came from Ghost, Rise to Remain and Insense. North American support came from Veil of Maya and Kyng. Additionally, Miss May I and The Ghost Inside joined Trivium during the In Waves 2011 European tour. They also performed at the Metaltown Festival and Download Festival in June 2012. From July 13 to August 28, 2012, Trivium took part in Metal Hammer‘s “Trespass America Festival” headlined by Five Finger Death Punch with additional support from Battlecross, God Forbid, Pop Evil, Emmure and Killswitch Engage. On October 15, 2012, Trivium commenced a European headlining tour, supported by Caliban, As I Lay Dying and Upon A Burning Body.
Vengeance Falls and departure of Nick Augusto (2013–2015)
Trivium performing at Nova Rock Festival in 2014
The band toured for In Waves until the end of the year. Matt Heafy also stated that they will start recording a new album in February 2013 and they already have around 13 demos made.
On January 14, 2013, Matt Heafy announced via Twitter that the band had entered the studio. It was later revealed that they hired David Draiman of the heavy metal bands Device and Disturbed as a producer. In an interview, David Draiman revealed to Thrash Hits that the title of Trivium’s forthcoming sixth album is Vengeance Falls.
Vengeance Falls was produced at a studio in Austin, Texas and was mixed by Colin Richardson, who has previously worked with Fear Factory, Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Napalm Death, Slipknot and Bullet for My Valentine.
On July 23, 2013, Trivium announced a United States headlining tour, co-headlining with DevilDriver, with supporting acts After the Burial and Sylosis, which would reveal the first information of the new album. Vengeance Falls was released on October 15, 2013.
On July 31, 2013, the new song “Brave This Storm” was released for streaming and made available to download for free. On August 23, 2013, it was announced that Trivium would be playing at Australia’s Soundwave Festival in late February and early March 2014. Trivium recorded a music video for the single “Strife” with director Ramon Boutviseth (All That Remains, For Today, Fear Factory) which was made available for free download to anyone who pre-ordered Vengeance Falls.
On October 8, 2013, the album was made available for streaming on the band’s website.
Silence in the Snow and departure of Mat Madiro (2015–2016)
In fall of 2014, guitarist Corey Beaulieu announced that the band would be working on the follow-up of Vengeance Falls in 2015, and that he hoped that the album would be released in Fall of the same year.
On July 17, 2015, the band launched a website “snow.trivium.org” teasing the new album. They also changed their Facebook profile to the same picture as on the website, hinting at the release of the new album.
On July 24, the band posted a six-day countdown on their website. An unofficial picture surfaced online on July 29, suggesting the new album title to be Silence in the Snow and revealing three new featured songs: “Silence in the Snow”, “Dead and Gone” and “Until the World Goes Cold”. This picture also suggested a release date of October 2, 2015. This information was confirmed on July 30 when the band premiered the music video for the title track once the countdown ended. On July 31, 2015, the band revealed the track list and the album artwork, and Silence in the Snow was made available for pre-order. On August 7, the band premiered two new songs, “Silence in the Snow” and “Blind Leading the Blind” during their performance at Bloodstock Open Air.
On December 2, Trivium re-released Ember To Inferno, titling it Ember To Inferno: Ab Initio. The deluxe version of the release contained two discs. The second disk included 13 bonus tracks which consisted of the early demos Ruber (the “Red Demo”), Caeruleus (the “Blue Demo”) and Flavus (the “Yellow Demo”).
On December 5, the band performed at Knotfest Mexico, where it was revealed that drummer Mat Madiro had been replaced by Paul Wandtke. The band didn’t make an official announcement until three days later, on their Facebook page. Paul Wandtke joined the band after Matt asked Dream Theater’s John Petrucci for suggestions; John then asked Mike Mangini who recommended Paul.
Arrival of Alex Bent and The Sin and the Sentence (2016–2019)
Trivium at Nova Rock 2016
On October 14, 2016, Trivium headlined at the Rock And Shock festival at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. In late 2016, guitarist Corey Beaulieu stated that the band would spend most of 2017 working on their new album. In an interview, bassist Paolo Gregoletto stated that new material will be more ‘extreme’ and that the band will return to featuring screaming vocals on the new album. The band was announced as one of the acts on the 2017 edition of Wacken Open Air. In early 2017, the band parted ways with drummer Paul Wandtke, which led to discussions in the Trivium fan community. Corey Beaulieu defended the band’s decision regarding changing drummers in an interview. The replacement Alex Bent, formerly of Battlecross, was announced on January 23. In April 2017 Corey Beaulieu stated that there obviously will be a new album, but didn’t mention any schedule for recording, as the band is going through a process of discussion what the game plan is.
On July 26, 2017, the band began teasing on their web page with the message “VIII. I.”, indicating the date “August 1”. On August 1, 2017, the band released the new single “The Sin and the Sentence”, accompanied with a music video for their forthcoming new album, which aimed to be released later that year. To promote the album, the band announced a co-headlining North American tour with Arch Enemy in fall 2017 with While She Sleeps and Fit for an Autopsy as support acts. On August 24, the band released the second single “The Heart From Your Hate” and revealed the tracklisting and release date of their new album. The Sin and the Sentence released on October 20, 2017, and was received positively by both fans and critics alike.[failed verification]
On October 25, 2018, just over a year after the album’s release, Matt Heafy announced that he had to fly home to Orlando to be with his wife for the birth of their children, and as a result, would be sitting out the remainder of Trivium’s ongoing North American tour with Light the Torch and Avatar. He announced that the band would be working with Light the Torch and ex-Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones and Avatar frontman Johannes Eckerström, as well as YouTube personality and musician Jared Dines to continue the tour without him. Dines would take over Heafy’s guitar parts, while Beaulieu, Gregoletto, Jones and Eckerström would handle vocals.[failed verification]
What the Dead Men Say and upcoming tenth studio album (2020–present)
In February 2020, the band started posting cryptic images and videos possibly pertaining to their new upcoming album on their social media pages. On February 25, the band posted a teaser video on their social media pages teasing a new song titled “Catastrophist”, which was released on February 27. At the same time, the band announced their upcoming ninth studio album titled What the Dead Men Say set for release on April 24, 2020.
On March 9, the band previewed “IX” and “Scattering the Ashes” in a new “Spawn” trailer for Mortal Kombat 11. On March 26, the band released their second single and title track “What the Dead Men Say” and its corresponding music video. On April 16, a week before the album release, the band released their third single “Amongst the Shadows & the Stones”. On April 22, the band released the final single “Bleed Into Me” before the album release along with its visualizer video.
In June 2020, guitarist Corey Beaulieu revealed the band is already working on the follow-up to What the Dead Men Say while being in COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, saying the material they’ve been working on sounds “really pissed-off.”
On September 25, the band’s former guitarist and bassist Brent Young died at the age of 37. At the time of his death, he was in the band BlackNova founded with another former Trivium member, drummer Travis Smith.
|Travis Smith||Drums, Percussion (1999-2009)|
|See also: BlackNova|
|Jarred Bonaparte||Guitars (1999-2000), Bass (2000-2001)|
|Brad Lewter||Vocals, Bass (1999)|
|Brent Young||Guitars (2000-2001), Vocals (backing) (2000-2004), Bass (2001-2004)|
|(R.I.P. 2020) See also: ex-BlackNova|
|Matt Schuler||Guitars (2000)|
|Nick Augusto||Drums, Percussion (2009-2014)|
|See also: Implosive Disgorgence, Maruta (live), Corrosion, ex-Infernaeon, ex-Metal Militia, ex-Devil You Know (live)|
|Mat Madiro||Drums, Percussion (2014-2015)|
|See also: From Ashes to New|