UK (Newcastle), April 14, 2007
Gary the Hann, on april 25, 2007 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Sound: The lights dim and that dramatic music starts up and after about 3 minutes of it playing, Trivium walk onstage proudly sporting their Dean Razorbacks. Most of the band are in their usual attire: Corey dress entirely in black, as is Paolo, Travis in shorts but today Heafy is presenting a rather 80's metal look. You know? Drainpipes a pale blue t-shirt and white trainers. Anyway, Corey takes a quick swig of beer then they burst into 'Entrance Of The Conflagration'. The crowd goes nuts! The sound is perfect Matt Heafy has an incredible voice, as do Corey Beaulieu and Paolo Gregoletto. The guitars and drums sound immaculate too, although later on the set becomes plagued with technically difficulties. However, technical difficulties can't slow this show down. Trivium are going at it all guns blazing as the audience is blown away song after song! Their sweat soaked hair wind milling constantly yet the precision and tightness of their performance never relents. // 7
Perfomance: The stage is decorated with the dragon and silver bloke from 'The Crusade' artwork and the lights are great. Sorry everyone! I can't remember the entire set list but here are a few I do remember.
Entrance Of The Conflagration - brilliant opener, brilliant song with a really, really good classic metal bridge!
Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation - absolutely class song great performance the audience loved the bit sing along breakdown!
Anthem (We Are The Fire) - great song brilliant solo and another great breakdown with the audience singing it loud!
Dying In Your Arms - Heafy dedicated this song to all the female members of the audience before exploding into that beautiful riff! The audience nearly drowned Matt's singing out!
The Rising - this was the debut live performance of this song and is the new single from Trivium's last studio album 'The Crusade', it rocked too!
Detonation - this song is one of my personal favourites from 'The Crusade' and it was huge! Every solo was spot on and all singing was perfect.
Like Light To The Flies - this song is a beast, and they performed it beast, so it was beast!
Ascendancy - Corey screamed most of this song, which was nice to hear because we miss the old Trivium scream everything sound a bit!
Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr - obviously the finisher, this was so good I nearly shit myself and did a backflip! // 10
Overall Impression: This was my third time seeing Trivium play Live, although never before have I experienced a band of such sheer intensity and volume play Newcastle City Hall an all seated venue! Now the support acts. Despite being almost exact lesser clones of the headliners, Sanctity weren't half bad to listen too. The highlight of the set being a full-throttle rendition of their most popular song 'Zeppo'. Next, there's Gojira Who are by far the best support of the night. There are no flashy solos or showboating here, just pure original heavy metal. Every part of every song sounds bloody massive with the highlight of 'Backbone', which is one hell of a heavy song! Finally, there's trash metal veterans Annihilator. Lots of the slightly older fans here today are ecstatic that the old boys they grew up listening to are performing tonight. Corey makes his first appearance of the nice to introduce Annihilator as one of his favourite bands. However they attempt to open their set 3 times but have to leave and try again later due to technical difficulties and the eventual deafening explosion of an amp prompting half of Newcastle to shit their pants. Anyway, I myself am not a fan but I must give it to Jeff Waters for his pure skill on guitar and I see how his music and style has influenced Corey and the rest of Trivium to be the band they are today. Some other highlights include: Matt's amp picking up a Radio 1 traffic report in between songs; watching amazed by Corey and Matt's effortless sweep picking; Gojira; the momentary appearance of a beach ball that a tall roadie with glasses shortly removed; Matt Heavy's cool wit and the ability to laugh at himself I quote, 'Sorry about that squeak near the end there, I think my balls dropped' classic! Travis Smith's seemingly beer fuelled heart-to-heart with the audience; he basically just thanked the fans for being there over the years. Yeah and some guy jumped up onstage and got speared. Anyway class band, class gig, I'd defiantly go see them a fourth time and the tickets were only 14 quid so that's another plus. // 9