Trivium: 'New Album Has Everything a Metal Fan Would Want'

"We were able to accomplish everything we wanted," says guitarist Corey Beaulieu.

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As the October 15 release date of upcoming Trivium record "Vengeance Falls" steadily approaches, guitarist Corey Beaulieu discussed the band's overall feelings about the effort, noting that the Orlando four-piece couldn't be happier with the outcome. "I love it!" he enthusiastically told iHeart Blog. "Everything we wanted to do with the album, the overall goal of the record, we were able to accomplish. We were able to incorporate all the elements of what we do as a band and also what we like about metal and make it into this album." The axeman then stated that fans are bound to be pleased as well. "The way we wrote the songs, and the way we wanted the songs to be, it has everything a metal fan would want. It's heavy and aggressive, high energy, and it's full of melodic hooks which was a thing we really wanted to push forward," he said. Beaulieu then discussed the group's approach when it comes to vocals, specifically frontman Matt Heafy's screaming style. "On the other records we used a lot of screaming as main vocal stuff, and on this record we wanted to establish Matt's vocals as having a cohesive sound instead of jumping around between different vocal stylings," Corey explained. "We could have just put screaming on a lot of the stuff but there's so much more to the songs when there's that kind of melodic singing. It adds so much more of a dynamic that I really enjoy about metal." Produced by Disturbed frontman David Draiman, "Vengeance Falls" marks Trivium's sixth studio effort and was already announced with "Strife" single back in late August. Check out the official video below.

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    So it has beer, naked women and a viking god riding a majestic beast? I THINK NOT
    Mr Winters
    Dunno man, I'm a metal fan and so far, judging by the songs I've heard, this album is disappointing. I wish they'd make another Shogun.
    I agree with you, i'd wish they'd do another Shogun. However I read an interview with the band, and they said that (don't quote me) Shogun was them at their best in terms of technicality and playability. They then went onto say that when playing Shogun songs live they really have to focus more on playing the song correctly than if they were playing a song from Ember or In Waves, and according to the band its a bit more physically demanding and takes some of the fun out of playing live. I think now they're just taking it easy for a couple of albums, I think and hope there'll come a point when they start making their songs much more technical like we saw in Shogun
    This, they've been criticized in the past for being sloppy live. What's wrong with playing more within their abilities yet still writing great songs?
    To me it's weird that they've been cited for playing sloppy live...when i saw them they seemed pretty tight compared to some other bands. But yeah i think they could up the ante a bit in their albums to come
    I saw them live with Dream Theater shortly after In Waves was released, they played well to me :shrug:
    I've heard several people make this claim about Trivium, but I think it's mainly due to their early days. Since the Shogun era, they've put a lot of focus on playing live and delivering excellent quality. I've seen them a couple times since the release of Shogun and can easily say that they're no worse off than some of the top bands out there. Yeah, they'll slip up here and there, but that comes with the live setting. every band slips up here and there during a live performance. I'd kill for another Shogun, Trivium have only been marginally interesting since they release that album, and I think that comes down to them playing below the ability and technicality every knows they can deliver.
    I would assume they've tightened it up since Travis left. He was the one who was going to screw up, if one of them did.
    I have to say I never heard Travis mess up as much as Nick does. For an extreme metal drummer, his footwork is extremely messy live.
    I like the new drummer's drumming! But yes, I would like another Shogun or even Crusade
    If they made another Shogun then everyone would complain that they're repetitive. all good bands evolve
    Shogun is pretty much a masterpiece, This is kind of like how comparing Load and ReLoad to Master of Puppets, from what I've heard this is going to be more like In Waves than anything else, very Draiman-esque vocals
    ok i just heard the leak, definitely didnt live up to all the hype. i hate drainman more than ever now!
    A true metalhead would want their band to do what they want, not what they think other people would like.. Because that's the spirit of metal, being unique and non-mainstream.. Bring on the downvotes, I couldn't care less..
    Second Rate
    That doesn't sound like the spirit of metal, that sounds like the spirit of a hipster douche... Being "unique" and non mainstream for the sake of being "unique" and non mainstream. A metal fan listens to metal, he doesn't give a shit if it gets popular or not. If Death Metal suddenly became incredibly popular and this "core" nonsense sunk back into the shadows... I'm not gonna want my favourite Death Metal band to go "core" for the sake of remaining hip and unpopular.
    "Everything we wanted to do with the album, the overall goal of the record, we were able to accomplish. We were able to incorporate all the elements of what we do as a band and also what we like about metal and make it into this album."Seems like that's exactly what they did? Also saying "Bring on the downvotes" shows you do care, otherwise you don't need to say it.
    I'm well aware of their statement which you quoted.. I said bring on the downvotes, because my comment contradicted that part of the article..But it's true nevertheless..
    I was wanting to make a joke about how a true metal fan would want Trivium to stop, but the song wasn't actually that bad so shut my mouth I guess.
    Mr Winters
    Why would a "true metal fan" want Trivium to stop?
    Mr Winters
    I consider many bands to be absolute dogshit, doesn't mean I want them to stop. I just don't care as long as I don't have to listen to their music.
    Second Rate
    I'm actually a fan of hypersensitive sissy bands sticking around for as long as possible. It's fun to see guys like Heafy, Mournier, Draiman, Mustaine, etc. whine and cry about "elitism" and the "lack of brotherhood" and whatever other lame ass trope they're trotting out every time someone says their album is anything less than the second coming of the white album or "freak out."
    I don't like the vocal style I've heard in the songs, the music itself sounds great, but the vocals are meh. I know that just because David Draiman was the producer doesn't mean its going to sound like Disturbed, but listen to the vocals on all of the songs ans honestly tell me that it doesn't sound like hes trying to sound like Draiman.
    Awesome, Awesome! ..and then come the vocals. I miss old trivium vocals =/
    Seems to me like Matt is trying to do the "Hetfield vocals" again as he did with The Crusade. The lyrics are what I dislike most about the new material, it all sounds so forced and generic.. like kids trying to use the new intelligent words they just learned. I initially dislike In Waves but it did grow on me, but I don't know about this new album.. I know everyone is sick of these comments, but I'm another fan wishing for Shogun #2. THAT was their defining album in my opinion, and they should have stuck with that sound.
    I somewhat agree with you here, it definitely sounds like Matt is doing the "Hetfield" kind of thing, that and I didn't really know that David Draiman was the producer, and now I'm hearing similarities to Disturbed's instrumentation.
    Black Hazard
    This is basically another Crusade with In Waves riffs, and instead of the vocals sounding like James Hetfield they sound like David Drainman. 1/10. Two thumbs down.
    It's more of a continuation of In Waves... With less interesting riffs, no screaming, much weaker songs and the terrible Draiman influence. I'm a Trivium fan, but I think this is their worst album by far. The Crusade was absolutely better than this.
    Mr Winters
    Crusade was pretty good.
    Pretty good?? I thought it was excellent. Modern band doing a tribute to the classics (Metallica and Maiden, specifically), but actually doing their own thing, and making it modern and INTERESTING areyoulisteningavengedesvenfold??? But seriously, The Crusade was excellent. Brutal and catchy riffs, melodic and epic choruses. Killer album.
    what a weak album from such a great band... every chorus sounds like a shitty disturben pseudo big chorus... i expected more progressive approach not these drop C# generic songs
    Ive been a massive Trivium fan for longer than I can remember, but no matter how hard I try I cant get in to these new songs. I was even a fan of In Waves when most seemed to hate it, but I find the vocals completely destroy these songs. Hopefully they are saving the good songs for the album.
    The whole song is one and the same thing, without any progression what so ever. It only faces a little change when the solo comes around at the near end, but quickly returns to the same thing it started out with. If you like that, that's okay, but I don't. Also I'm totally missing any monstrous intent, bacon and vikings riding savage beasts etc.
    Sounds like A7X all over again...
    You're on a roll with the negative voted comments today. The Korn article and this too?
    that's called an unpopular opinion, that is why you are butthurt.
    To be 'butthurt' I'd have to be upset by his comments in the first place. To be honest I agree with the fact that this is what Avenged Sevenfold were saying before Hail To The King's release and in my opinion it was a disappointment, but I am fully confident that I will enjoy this album when it's released. My comment merely stated that he has had two negative comments in a day and was meant as a joke.
    Strife sounds like generic power metal. Also not a fan of changing the vocal style on every single album.
    They think they're a metal band?
    Haha if they only knew.
    I really only feel contempt for bands like these, bands that think 'metalcore' is metal.
    Second Rate
    I still remember hearing a demo recording by these guys years back. I thought it was corny and derivative and that they would never make it anywhere. Either there's something wrong with my ears, or people have incredibly low standards.
    Lee Makky
    If more people people realised that this isn't Shogun, and we are never going to get a "Shogun 2", then they would probably like this and respect the band for moving on and changing, and not giving fans the same stuff over again. Respect.
    That's great, but when the quality of songwriting (including quality of vocal delivery, which is what turned me off of this release) isn't there... Well, how can you expect people to respect the band then?
    Saw them live last night in Cleveland for the tenth time. The new songs sound better live than the recordings but the 3 new songs have been very meh to me. This will probably b the first trivium album I won't buy. It's going to b their black album. Way to much singing and not enough heavy aggression. Shogun was their masterpiece album IMO. Since in waves everything is simple and boring. Even the crusade was technical and had some epic long songs. They did play the song shogun in its entirety last night which I was pleasantly surprised by. Matt's vocals sound better than ever live now to
    I have the album, just got it yesterday through roadrunner, its actually really good, but for people expecting a scream dominated album, it aint happening, its 85% singing and 15% screaming, he only screams on mid sections of songs and backups in choruses, not one song is all screaming, and barely any verses are screamed. so get ready for that, its a really good album nonetheless. real trivium fans will love it, also, alot more breakdowns so get ready for that too
    Who gives a shit if it's screaming or singing? His vocals are just subpar from what I've heard. And don't give us that "real Trivium fans" crap. What makes a "real" fan of any band anyway?
    Fuck it, i like this song. Also, i like Matt's clean vocals way better than his screaming.
    The last album that really caught my attention was Shogun, they had something really special going with that vibe, I don't expect them to make another Shogun but some progression would have been nice. Everything they've done since then just really hasn't clicked with me and feels like a step backwards instead of forwards.
    This album is so much better than I hoped for. When people began to talk shit about how Drainman would ruin this album I got really afraid that this wouldn't sound like Trivium. Then I asked myself, what DOES Trivium sound like? They've always been into heavy riffs, always had melodic pieces in most songs, always mixed up clean singing with screaming etc. And still, they have yet not made two albums similar. They have avoided the well known deathtrap of making boring music. The same stuff over and over again. People complain about Trivium changing things up on every album, why no 7-string, why not more screaming!? The fact that Trivium has made 6 albums so far, and you can listen to them all back to back without getting tired of the music sounding the same, that is one darn great accomplishment for any band! Of course, people like different things, and not everyone will like every song or album. If you claim to be a Trivium fan, there's at least this one thing you should know. The band keep saying it over and over again in interviews, they're always on the continuous search for the ultimate sound that THEY think is the coolest. They make the music THEY want to hear. Then they share it with the world. And some nutbags keep saying they're shit because they don't sound the same as the last album...
    I think they should go for another sound in their albums. For me all the albums have the same drums and guitar tone. And it's because of this that something I felt was new for me turned to "always the same". That's a pity because I find them to be really nice people and with a lot of good music to offer.
    I digged their album In Waves. I'm excited for this new one. Inb4; "Oh wah I want their old music style" Instead of nagging try actually appreciating a band instead of constantly belittling them with every turn they make. They made a great song, and you guys only mention the weird sounding vocals that's like 10 seconds of the bugger.
    I agree with the point you're making but honestly... 'Inb4' is extremely lame now. Almost as bad as #SWAG
    I think the problem is in trying to appreciate this band at all. This is diet metal. Metal lite. If Miley Cyrus performed metal (it's only a matter of time) this isn't too far from what it might sound like.
    Never quite liked Trivium. Guess its just the guy's voice but the rest of the band sounds pretty good.
    I saw them live and it seems like they did work hard for the songs on shogun. They weren't as involved with the crowd as they were with other songs. I don't think what's coming up is a bad album. I actually liked In waves, so I really hope it sounds like that again.
    As Matt said before, it's not about "this album is gonna be technical, this one's gonna be brutal" . It is just about making awesome songs. It has to be a cohesive unit of aggression, groove and melody. I see no point in ahving technical stuff just for the sake of it. I liked Brave This Storm and Strife and loved No Way To Heal. If the remaining songs step up to that level, I'm happy with it.
    I've loved Trivium since '05 and I've loved every album they have made. I even see myself possibly liking some of these songs. But the vocals in this album really take the balls out of the whole thing. Musically it has some really great songs, then again there are a lot of songs that are meh. The vocals just kill it for me. SO repetitive, so bland, uninteresting, stock. The tone on trem picked parts is mushy and hides any definition in the notes they are playing. I'm very disappointed in this album and I thought I'd never see the day I'd say that about a Trivium album.