frontman Matt Heafy
got to share his stance on metal music during a recent Gibson
chat, stressing its significance in both his life and the lives of people surrounding Trivium.
"Metal for me has always been beyond a genre of music,"
he kicked off. "I think that metal isn't something that's meant to be just turned on and off when you're driving or when you're exercising. Yeah, that's what it is to some people, but for me and for the people that I feel like our band surrounds itself with - namely our supporters, our fans, or close friends - metal's a lifestyle."
Heafy continued, "It's not something casual, it is what you are - it's what you eat, sleep and breed. And that's what we are as a band - it's our favorite genre, it's what we make, it's what we play. The music that we make is the music that we want to hear as metal fans."
During the rest of the chat, Matt stressed that fans need to take their support to the next level and be more vocal about the genre. "I don't feel like the support is always given,"
he said. "I think there are people that are just into one thing and anything that doesn't fit into that one subcategory isn't good enough. But the overall thing is - anything that truly is metal at the heart needs to be supported, that's how the bands can survive,"
the frontman concluded.
The latest Trivium studio effort, "Vengeance Falls
," dropped on October 9 through Roadrunner Records, debuting at No. 15 on the US Billboard 200