Trivium Bassist Explains Why There Will Never Be Another Metallica

"For anyone to reach that bar is impossible," Paolo Gregoletto says.

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The arrival of the new generation of metal titans easily ranks as the single most anticipated event among the guitar-driven crowd, but according to Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto, this isn't a realistic expectation.

Chatting with Stereoboard, Paolo was asked to comment on Trivium commonly getting dubbed "The Next Metallica." Addressing the touchy matter, Gregoletto replied: "It's hard to pick bands out and say 'They're going to be the next Iron Maiden! They're going to be the next Metallica!.'

"I've thought about it and I've realized that every band is heading on a certain path, and I think the bands that will be left will be the ones who concentrate solely on writing the most honest music and who take it to that next level live," the bassist added.

"I think there are bands out there and I include Trivium with those. We want to push ourselves on our records, and we want to push ourselves live. The rest of it is just up to people connecting with it.

"People can't expect another Iron Maiden or Metallica because those bands built upon what came before them and created their own unique thing," Paolo concluded. "Metallica are a once in a lifetime band, and for anyone to reach that bar is impossible. Everyone just does their own thing, and it'll be those bands that'll succeed."

Do you think "The Next Metallica" or "The Next Maiden" are bound to show up any time soon?

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    bdof
    It's true. There's almost nothing that's moderately original AND highly successful anymore. There will never be another metal band that seemingly tears down barriers like Metallica went on to do AND be icons to the general music industry. The bands that are all breaking new barriers now are too underground and are doomed not get the notoriety they deserve. The bands that are making it huge and being boring as hell (FFDP anyone?) are considered massive sellouts to metal fans and most of their piers. Metal has ****ed itself.
    Minivirus2
    I wouldn't say metal has ****ed itself, necessarily. I believe this is an issue with most forms of media. Music, TV, movies, even video games have all received criticism over a lack of originality. Personally, I think this comes down to the widespread accessibility of the internet. Everyone is hyper-exposed to everything. With the click of a button you can find anything. We have streaming apps that will recommend you music, YouTube will tell you what videos you might like, etc. This varies a great deal from the 80's in that people had to spread things through word of mouth or printed materials. TV was a limited outlet and the internet wasn't even conceivable in the form we know it today. tl;dr - hyper-exposure from the internet
    l0ld4v3
    I'd say metal in a mainstream sense. There's plenty of originality on the more obscure corners of the genre, just like with hip hop; you just gotta dig for the real good stuff. Then again, is profoundly wrong to believe that some musicians are over most musicians. Art is not a competition, it doesn't has to push forward, art is art.
    toasty333
    I wish more people would see Music as you do. Too many people see music as a competition of fans or followers. Also, If bands continue to write "true" and expressive music, they'll find success without making a competition out of it.
    mattjamesrenn
    I would say most here do, bar some youngens and such but when I was young I too was that way.
    vikkyvik
    are considered massive sellouts to metal fans and most of their piers. Perhaps this attitude is part of the probem.
    dudester410
    im sorry, do you listen to the latest ffdp?
    vikkyvik
    No. But the whole concept of people being mad about bands "selling out" is ridiculous. Remember, Metallica are considered massive "sellouts" by many metal fans too. So using them as an example, then saying that modern metal bands just sell out, doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If you have the opportunity to "sell out" and make tons of money with your music, more power to you! I wish I could do the same.
    HitmanJenkins
    Metallica had the "sell out" flak thrown at them since they wrote Fade To Black, I think the concept is ludicrous under most contexts and applications of the term, it's just a lazy way of saying "I don't like what this band is doing" most of the time.
    password123
    A good example, 5FDP being one of my fave bands, until the new albums came out. It seems like artists nowadays just aren't taking enough time to actually COMPOSE songs, instead they are putting riffs together and recording it.
    LordThon
    I wouldn't necessarily say they're selling out, yet, so much as chilling out. And being a little aggressive with what should pass as a proper album. A couple years off from releasing may see Death Punch return to a more raw vibe.
    whatzit.tooyah.
    Metallica made their fame when metal was high up in the pop music category. Same thing with the Beatles. For every era of music, there are musicians who get bigger than any other. Once that era passes, another band in that genre making it to that level is unlikely. There are plenty of composers who write classical music better than Mozart and Beethoven, but they will never reach that level of fame because that era is over. The next megastar will depend on the next category of music to come into the spotlight.
    JSmith38
    A peer is someone who is your equal. A pier is something you'll find at the beach/lake.
    EpsilonX
    bdof's comment is the comment I came here to make haha. We've gotten to the point in metal where any new innovations will be inaccessible to people on a large scale. Iron Maiden and Metallica were so huge because they were innovators, and nobody had ever heard that before. People don't want that anymore, they're satisfied with hearing the same thing over and over again.
    codyjt5150
    What's funny is that there's an article that states the complete opposite about The Beatles that spewed out of Harry Styles buttmouth.
    bit64
    man,i hate this "next [insert band/artist]" thing.Each great band is unique,for good or bad.
    hles60912
    At the other point of view to this article. Paolo maybe just trying to say : I'm a bassist, so I better wish that Trivium won't be next MetallicA.
    Patriot1zzy
    I've often told my friends that Trivium, to me, honestly sounds like the next Metallica. They have such amazing music, with instrumentals that blow me away (the same way Metallica's riffs/solos used to blow me away), that it's hard for me to not make that comparison. Obviously it's a matter of opinion, but I stand strong by it. Sure, Trivium might have some death metal influence in some of their music, and it's definitely not your traditional heavy metal, but they sure ****ing deliver metal up my ass. To end my opinion piece, Trivium is one of the main reasons why I am not completely disappointed not being born in 1970.
    cyclonus
    I don't recall anyone really referring to Trivium as 'the next Metallica' as much as 'Metallica wannabes' but Paolo has some words of wisdom here about there never being another Metallica and Maiden which I wish bands like Avenged Sevenfold would pay attention to. Then again, why would anyone want to live in the shadow of a band instead of trying to be their own one?
    a drummer
    I remember a young Matt Heafy once stating this: "Our goal has been the same since day one. To be the next Metallica"
    VinnyChinny
    The keyword is young . This dude was like 17 when it started getting big.
    a drummer
    which is why i said it. They've matured so much since they said that in Guitar World from '06
    thebigredjj10
    17 year olds say things like that. It's kind of hard to hold someone to something they said when they were 17.
    Shavyi
    Pretty sure he meant it speaking about the fame and the renown, but not like taking anyone's place.
    Dannym95
    There's too much musical bellendry out there generating too many sales. We need to divert some of the attention they're getting back to honest rock/metal bands.
    mattjamesrenn
    doesn't have to be rock and metal but just honest made music, the real stuff. Not that I don't love rock and metal.
    Dannym95
    Yeah, true. Any music regardless of genre should be given a chance as long as it has actual substance to it. XD
    ttweedle
    What the hell is "bellendry"? Tried looking it up on Merriam-Webster and it says "word not found". I'm all for using big words for self edification and to inculcate others but I try to use words that exist in dictionaries...
    Doomzdayxx
    Metallica was completely untouchable throughout the 80s. I like to draw an analogy of their success to the Star Wars franchise. Their thrash era would be like the first 3 Star Wars movies and the 90's/2000's would be the prequels. The prequels made a shit ton of money for sure. But there's SOOO many people that realize how crappy they were. The real magic is the early stuff. back when they were young, hungry and creative kids, full of life....and alcohol.
    TomMon
    Nailed it. It also means it's ok to enjoy the new stuff in context but still hate jar jar/that snare sound.
    Bhaaa
    I somehow agree with toasty333. The thing is before Maiden or Tallica, there where POP, Rock, blues, Jazz.. On each genre, many groups where famous because they came with an evolution to their predecessors. We all know that Tallica was inspired by Maiden but on stamina. But then came all possible blending of metal: -rap metal -Gore -doom -Neo classical -grunge (if we put it in the same "basket") -Power metal -Nu metal and the list goes on and on. What would be the next evolution on that already evolution that already occurred? My 2 cents (my wish) is a band that goes back to the 70-80s metal (not glam) but with the technicality of today (sound, engineering, dropped tunes, extremely technical but still with the heart of the 70-80s metal bands).
    toasty333
    I don't expect a new Maiden or Metallica. Both bands created something different with their music. Bands that want to be "just like Metallica" are never going to be as famous AS Metallica. However, if a band comes along and plays something completely new and original, and people like it, they can be as big, or bigger than Metallica or Maiden. You can't re-invent the wheel.
    Slayer35
    "Do you think "The Next Metallica" or "The Next Maiden" are bound to show up any time soon?" As Paolo Gregoletto just said, there will NEVER be another Metallica or Iron Maiden, you can add to that list: Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Anthrax, Slayer and Death. It's impossible.
    BjarnedeGraaf
    to be fair though. Airbourne is just as badass as AC/DC is in my opinion. although not as big, but that's due to the state of the music industry that day
    hles60912
    That's something just can't be done cuz the main stream of our music industry has been changed. New generation ain't care no more about rock and metal. It's just impossible for new rock bands or metal bands to gather such a huge attention and success as Maiden, GNR and Metallica. Even those hair bands heros appear today, they won't win the battle vs one direction or Mars. And it has nothing to do with the quality of their musics. As simple as it can be, the wind has changed. Accept it and be honest to what you love.
    HitmanJenkins
    I wouldn't say the new generation doesn't care about Rock and Metal, unless you're on about the Mainstream community. There's still people out there that support these genres of music, it's just been scaled down a lot over the past few years.
    HitmanJenkins
    I think it's always too early to say who will be the next [insert band name here], a lot of the bands that people here idolise built up their fame and appreciation from us over time, there will probably be a bunch of bands that, in 10 or 20 years time will be considered classics of our generation, we just don't know who those bands will be yet.
    Calvero
    Every great band stood and stands on the shoulders of giants. Almost all of them have been called the "next somethings", but what separates the good bands from the great ones is the courage to go further and not just remain present-day-past-band.
    doive
    There already have been a bunch of "other Metallicas" His definition: "...those bands built upon what came before them and created their own unique thing"There seems to be about 1 band every 10 years who hits that criteria- though it's not always obvious who it's going to be (realistically it took metallica 10yrs from formation 1981 to No1 status - Black 1991 throughout which time they steadily gained popularity) 1970s Black Sabbath/Iron Maiden 1980s Metallica,Van Halen 1990s Nirvana, Radiohead 2000s Linkin Park, Muse, QOTSA? 2010s Who knows? My definition is they have to be a major festival headline act at what would be considered a rock/metal focussed festival AND have airplay on commercial pop/rock media
    EnslaveTheWorld
    But where Metallica differs from Linkin Park, Muse and QotSA, is that Metallica is (or at least was) in what could be described as an "extreme" metal genre. For almost ten years of their career they played very, very intense heavy metal music. None of the other bands on that list could claim that. So while Muse may be a great, big rock band and all, they're not exactly heavy anything, really.
    oliver.galloway
    I think Avenged Sevenfold are the closest modern band to Metallica, and they`re popularity might still be on the rise.
    irtiqaevox
    wrong decade for radiohead.
    doive
    Radioheadablo Honey (1993)Bends (1995)OK Computer (1997)Kid A (2000)I think Radiohead are definitely a 90s band!
    primus182
    HAIL TO THE THIED is insane IN RAINBOW too Radiohead = 1990s, 2000s and 2010 for sure
    Jehuty
    As much as I enjoy HttT, In Rainbows and TKOL, you can't ignore the fact that their biggest popular success was in the 90s with Creep, Karma Police, Paranoid Android and Street Spirit. I'm not saying that's their best work, just saying that the 90s were the time when they got the most exposure. When you ask people to name three Radiohead songs, it's bound to be at least Creep and Karma Police, whereas if you ask them to name any song off of In Rainbows or HttT, I doubt they would be able. Just talking about the average Joe off the streets.
    flanbass
    Who would want to be the next Metallica? If i were to be recognized around the world by my music, i would not want people to compare my band with other stuff all the time, specially with Metallica (cause i consider them highly overrated).And i think one of the first comments up there is right, rock and metal bands this days are destined to fail, because of the so called "hardcore" fans, if a band starts to gain mainstream recognition, its original fanbase will turn its head on them and leave them were they are, cause they became sellouts...
    rockervi
    I used to believe Avenged Sevenfold would be the next Metallica. But that was before their whole "WE'RE GONNA BE THE NEXT METALLICA" statements.
    ghangster
    No new Metallica or Iron Maiden, but Airbourne definitely will be the new AC/DC.
    jamesrulesmetal
    ""Metallica are a once in a lifetime band, and for anyone to reach that bar is impossible." Oh Yes. The Mighty Metallica: Heavy Fucking Metal! Massively influential, beyond compare. Bow down. \m/
    Gatorman1300
    I wouldn't say bow down to them because they have been putting out shit since 2001, but I would make sure they are remembered in history somehow.
    jamesrulesmetal
    Trivium is a great band, and its members are immensely talented musicians. Respect to Paolo for his comments above. \m/
    Eifler121
    I had no idea Trivium had any kind of following. I thought them, BFMV, and A7X faded out when EMO died. Not saying they're emo, but bands like the Used or Underoath were definitely gateway bands for a lot of that stuff.
    Shavyi
    I'm pretty sure these guys have large enough shoulders to carry the flag of heavy metal for the next 10 years, maybe more. I totally agree that we can't call them the next "Metallica", because I don't think something like Metallica will happen again (I hope I'm wrong), but Trivium could in my opinion ensure the continuity.
    grizzzzly_adams
    I grew up listening to the likes of Ozzy and Metallica, now I'm listening to young guns like the Architects (uk) Not sure if they are the future of what the metal scene is, but I dig their shit. In fact, I really dig the entire Epitaph record label.
    Gatorman1300
    I don't see trivium being the next Metallica, but I do them becoming part of the next "big 4" along with other pioneering groups like Machine head or Dethklok.
    beachdude42
    People have to accept that the next bands that revolutionize any genre aren't going to be what old fans are used to or necessarily want... that's what makes them different. Blending genres and influences in fresh ways is going to be the only way to keep metal (or any other genre for that matter) from getting stale. Yet so many metalheads say they want fresh ideas, but really just want bands that just imitate the classics.
    Riggin22
    I just say all of us music fanatics get together in a massive "Metallica/Iron Maiden" revival ceremony in which we all play all sorts of massive riffs and heart filled music together thus, causing the apocalypse.
    Ultraussie
    Trivium are the "New Metallica" They made extremely good material, great albums, and then came In Waves, which was pretty much the equivilent of Metallica's black album.
    LynchMobster
    I would say Avenged Sevenfold would be more close to the next Their first album was a very raw release. Their next 3 albums saw more recognition from the metal community and by many are considered very good/great albums and all 3, while similar, are a little different. Then the Rev dies, so they release Nightmare which is arguably their best album yet, gaining the attention of many nay-sayers. After this they release Hail to the King, a more straight-forward, back-to-basics album which alienates their long time friends, all the while rising to the #1 spot. But honestly, these kinds of comparisons are stupid. Metallica's legacy is something that extends far beyond the music that they release
    LynchMobster
    so many typos... close to the next Metallica* release Nightmare with a replacement* alienates their long time fans*
    Krieger91
    Can't really say I'm the biggest Trivium fan, but there's good truth in this insight.