Trivium (band)

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Trivium in 2017.
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Origin Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Years active1999–present
Past members

Trivium is an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. [1] After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released eight studio albums and over twenty singles. Their latest album, The Sin and the Sentence , was released on October 20, 2017. The band has sold over one million albums worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy for the song "Betrayer" at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019 for the Best Metal Performance. [2]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Orlando, Florida City in Central Florida

Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,509,831, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in July 2017. These figures make it the 23rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida. As of 2015, Orlando had an estimated city-proper population of 280,257, making it the 73rd-largest city in the United States, the fourth-largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.

Roadrunner Records is an American record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal and hard rock bands. It is a division of Warner Music Group and is based in New York City.



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. [3] 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. [4] 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.[ citation needed ]

Matt Heafy Japanese-American musician

Matthew Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese American musician best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist for the American heavy metal band Trivium. Heafy is also the lead vocalist for the band Capharnaum, along with Trivium's former producer Jason Suecof. He is also an avid gamer and practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Heafy streams daily on his Twitch channel matthewkheafy playing video games, doing guitar clinics, vocal warm ups and showcasing his Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes.

No Leaf Clover 2000 single by Metallica and San Francisco Symphony

"No Leaf Clover" is the eighth song on the live album S&M by Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony. The song was one of two new pieces completed for the band's collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony in 1999. It begins with an intro section played by the orchestra, before entering into a clean guitar part by James Hetfield. The rest of the piece alternates between clean verses and choruses backed by heavily distorted guitars. Nowadays when the song is performed live, the orchestra backing track or footage of the S&M performance was used for the orchestra intro. It was the band's fourth No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It stayed at No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks. It was also featured in the trailer created by the distributor A.D. Vision for their DVD releases of the TV series Farscape.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

In late 2002, Trivium went into the recording studio to record its first high-quality demo disc. [5] 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 . [6] 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. [7] 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. [6]

Lifeforce Records is a German heavy metal independent record label that specializes in metalcore and death metal. Their roster contains bands such as Confession, This or the Apocalypse, Omnium Gatherum and Last Leaf Down, and they have helped to launch the careers of bands who went on to larger labels, such as Heaven Shall Burn, Between the Buried and Me, Caliban and Trivium. While Lifeforce has signed and continues to sign both European and American artists, they announced in October 2002 that they were going to shift focus away from the latter following the breakup of Endthisday and Beyond the Sixth Seal, as well as Between the Buried and Me leaving the label for Victory Records.

<i>Ember to Inferno</i> 2003 studio album by Trivium

Ember to Inferno is the debut studio album from American heavy metal band Trivium. It was released on October 14, 2003 on Lifeforce Records.

Corey Beaulieu Lead guitarist of Trivium

Corey King Beaulieu is the lead / rhythm guitarist, of American heavy metal band Trivium. He also performs lead and backing screaming vocals for the band at live shows.

Ascendancy (2004–2006)

In 2004, Trivium recorded its second album, Ascendancy , in Audiohammer Studios and Morrisound Recording in Florida. [8] 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. [9] 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." [10] 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." [11] 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. [12]

<i>Ascendancy</i> (album) 2005 studio album by Trivium

Ascendancy is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium; it was released on March 15, 2005 by Roadrunner Records.

Florida State of the United States of America

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Jason Suecof is an American record producer, mixer, guitarist and songwriter.

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. [13] 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. [14] Trivium also played at Road Rage 2005 [15] and Ozzfest. [16]

Download Festival English music festival

Download Festival is a British rock festival, held annually at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, since 2003, in Paris, France since 2016 and Parramatta Park, Sydney since 2019 & Flemington Racecourse Melbourne Australia since 2018. It is the most popular British summer rock and heavy metal festival and has hosted some of the genre's biggest names, including Saxon, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn, Soundgarden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Mötley Crüe, Journey, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Faith No More and Guns N' Roses. The 2015 festival featured massive technological surveillance by police in conjunction with festival organisers Live Nation UK. RFID wristbands and facial recognition technology were used to compare visual scans of attendees against a European criminal database.

Castle Donington village in England

Castle Donington is a small market town and civil parish in Leicestershire, England, on the edge of the National Forest close to East Midlands Airport.

"Like Light to the Flies" is a song by heavy metal band Trivium and is the first single and music video from their 2005 album, Ascendancy. The band originally considered using the song "Ember to Inferno" as their first single but changed their minds after recording this song. "Like Light" was released in January 2005, and features a mix of screaming and singing. The song contains two guitar solos which are meshed into one longer solo, with a small interlude in the middle. The Music video featured the original member & bass player Brent Young and the version used in the video is the demo version, not the album version, but the demo found previously on the MTV compilation album MTV2 Headbanger's Ball: Volume 2.

Ascendancy was re-released in 2006 with four bonus tracks and a DVD containing all of the band's music videos and live footage. [17]

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. [18] 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. [9] [19] Heafy's vocals had changed from the metalcore scream of the previous albums to actual 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. [20]

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. [21] [22] [23] Trivium was named the best live band of 2006 at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. [24]

Shogun and departure of Travis Smith (2008–2009)

Trivium started working on a new album with producer Nick Raskulinecz in October 2007. [25] 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. [26] Recording ended June 2008. [27] 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." [28] 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." [29] 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. [30]

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, [31] 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. [32] 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. [33] 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. [34] 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". [35]

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." [36]

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." [37]

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. [38] 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. [39]

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. [40] 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 in Nova Rock Festival in 2014. 20140614-080-Nova Rock 2014-Trivium-Trivium.JPG
Trivium performing in 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. [41]

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 . [42]

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. [43]

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. [44] Vengeance Falls was released on October 15, 2013. [45]

On July 31, 2013, the new song "Brave This Storm" was released for streaming and made available to download for free. [46] On August 23, 2013, it was announced that Trivium would be playing at Australia's Soundwave Festival in late February and early March 2014. [47] Trivium recorded a music video for the single "Strife" with director Ramon Boutviseth (All That Remains, For Today, Fear Factory) [48] which was made available for free download to anyone who pre-ordered "Vengeance Falls". [45]

On October 8, 2013, the album was made available for streaming on the band's website. [49]

On May 7, 2014, it was announced that drummer Nick Augusto had departed from the band. He was replaced by Mat Madiro, who had been the band's drum technician. [50]

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. [51]

On July 17, 2015, the band launched a website "" 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. [52]

On July 24, the band posted a six-day countdown on their website. [52] 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. [53] This information was confirmed on July 30 when the band premiered the music video for the title track once the countdown ended. [54] 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. [55] 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 August 27, Trivium premiered the music video for their third single "Until the World Goes Cold", [56] and the album was indeed released on October 2. [57]

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"). [58]

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. [59] Paul Wandtke joined the band after Matt asked Dream Theater's John Petrucci for suggestions; John then asked Mike Mangini who recommended Paul. [60] [61]

The Sin and the Sentence (2016–present)

In late 2016, guitarist Corey Beaulieu stated that the band would spend most of 2017 working on their new album. [62] 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. [63] The band was announced as one of the acts on the 2017 edition of Wacken Open Air. [64] 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. [65] 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. [65]

On July 26, 2017, the band began teasing on their web page with the message "VIII. I.", indicating the date "August 1". [66] 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. [67] 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. [68] 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 due to his wife's pregnancy, 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, respectively, as well as YouTube personality and musician Jared Dines to continue the tour without him.[ failed verification ]

The band received a Grammy nomination for the song "Betrayer" at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019 for the Best Metal Performance, but lost to High on Fire's "Electric Messiah".

Musical style, influences, and lyrical themes

Musical style

Trivium has been described as a heavy metal band, [69] [70] and more specifically as metalcore, [2] [71] [72] [73] thrash metal, [74] [75] [76] progressive metal, [77] [2] [77] melodic death metal [2] and groove metal. [78] [79]

Trivium's music mixes "soaring" and "crushing" riffs, dual guitar harmonies, double bass drum patterns and occasional blast beats and breakdowns that one can expect from the metalcore genre. Vocally Trivium combines both singing along with heavy screaming and growls. Trivium is one of the notable New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts. [80]

Their style has evolved over the years: from their earliest work on Ember to Inferno right through to In Waves , there is a clear thrash influence from Metallica and Machine Head, as well as some early In Flames. [81]

Upon the release of their second album Ascendancy , [82] Trivium were identified as melodic metalcore with strong elements of thrash metal, with the third track on the album "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" becoming a permanent fixture in the band's set lists and the rest of the album selling itself to gold status. [82] Ascendancy was even featured as one of Metal Hammer's Albums of the Decade. [81] Later releases have marked changes in the band. The Crusade was seen as a major shift in musical direction due to the change in vocal style, namely the absence of screaming, and some of the melodies featured. [83]

The Crusade is a much more thrash-oriented album and lyrical content was also different in direction, citing current affairs, such as the famous killings. In Autumn 2008, Trivium released Shogun, which has a heavy Japanese influence on its title track as well as the first single release "Kirisute Gomen", which translates to "authorization to cut and leave". Acknowledging Matt Heafy's Japanese heritage, [84] the album also was described more favorably as more their own style, as previous references to Trivium sounding like Metallica had been made on the back of The Crusade. [85] The Crusade made sparing use of seven-string guitars, which were featured heavily on Shogun. [86] Seven-string guitars once again returned on Silence in the Snow and The Sin and the Sentence. [87]

On In Waves, the band featured a sound closer to Ascendancy than The Crusade and Shogun. The guitar tuning instead of being in drop D, they went half a step lower to drop C#. The album has several songs, such as 'Built to Fall' or 'Dusk Dismantled', featuring solely clean vocals or screamed vocals from Matt Heafy.


Trivium, and notably Matt Heafy, has stated that in general they are influenced by musical groups such as Opeth, Nevermore, Dream Theater, Emperor, Slipknot, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Guns N' Roses, [88] Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne, Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Slayer, Pantera, Dio, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Testament, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Killswitch Engage, Skid Row, [89] Angra, Martyr and Death. [90] [91]

In an interview with Roadrunner Records, Heafy stated he was influenced by a whole range of music genres. Through each stage in his life, he's listened to all different types of music. As a child, he listened to pop punk and ska punk bands like Blink-182, and Reel Big Fish. From there the list is endless naming bands like Pantera, Slayer, Cryptopsy, Children of Bodom, Dark Tranquillity, Mercenary, Manowar, Armored Saint, 3 Inches of Blood, Krisiun, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, Anorexia Nervosa, Poison the Well, Hatebreed, Yngwie Malmsteen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Queen, Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever, Depeche Mode, The Beatles, and more. [92]

Matt Heafy asserted that "without Iron Maiden, Trivium surely wouldn't exist." [93]

Lyrical themes

Lyrical themes on the album The Crusade includes famous killings. "Entrance of the Conflagration" is about Andrea Yates's murder of her five children, "Unrepentant" is about Nazir Ahmad's murder of his three daughters and stepdaughter, "Contempt Breeds Contamination" is about the death of Amadou Diallo, and "And Sadness Will Sear" is based upon the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Many of the songs on Shogun draw lyrical inspiration from Greek mythology. "Into the Mouth of Hell We March" and "Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis" detail the story of Odysseus choosing whether to face the giant whirlpool Charybdis or the six-headed monster Scylla. "He Who Spawned the Furies" is about the Titan Cronos devouring his children and castrating his father Uranus, creating Aphrodite and the Erinýes (the Furies). "Of Prometheus and the Crucifix" references the daily torment of Prometheus and alludes to crucifixion of Jesus. "Like Callisto to a Star in Heaven" is written from the perspective of the nymph Callisto, detailing her rape and impregnation by Zeus and her transformations into a bear and into Ursa Major. Lyrical content on The Sin and the Sentence was inspired by modern aspects of life, such as social media and artificial intelligence as well as general themes such as war, history and religion. [94]

Band members

Current Line-up
Past members


Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2019 "Betrayer" Best Metal Performance Nominated

Kerrang! Magazine

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2005AscendancyAlbum of the YearWon

Kerrang! Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2005TriviumBest International NewcomerWon
2005AscendancyBest AlbumNominated
2006TriviumBest Band on the PlanetNominated
2006TriviumBest Live BandNominated
2006"Dying in Your Arms"Best SingleNominated

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2006Matt HeafyThe Golden GodWon

Metal Storm Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2017The Sin and the SentenceThe Biggest SurpriseWon

World Music Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2014TriviumWorld's Best GroupNominated
2014TriviumWorld's Best Live ActNominated
2014Vengeance FallsWorld's Best AlbumNominated

Underground Interviews Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2016Trivium Best Rock Band of 2016 Nominated

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"A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation", often referred to as "Gunshot", is a song by American heavy metal band Trivium. Written by Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu, both of whom perform vocals and guitars on the track, it was featured on the band's second studio album Ascendancy in 2005. The song was also released as a promotional single in May 2005, with an accompanying music video following in September. "Gunshot" is often cited as one of the band's most popular songs, and has been performed at live shows consistently since its release.

Trivium discography discography

The discography of Trivium, an American heavy metal band, consists of eight studio albums, one compilation album, one extended play, two demo albums, 32 singles and 26 music videos. Formed in Orlando, Florida in 1999, the group's first recording lineup included vocalist and guitarist Matt Heafy, bassist Brent Young and drummer Travis Smith, who together released Ember to Inferno on Lifeforce Records in 2003. After the addition of guitarist Corey Beaulieu and new bassist Paolo Gregoletto in place of Young, the band signed with Roadrunner Records and released Ascendancy in 2005, which reached number 151 on the US Billboard 200. It also reached number 79 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The Crusade followed in 2006, peaking at number 25 on the Billboard 200 and number 7 on the UK Albums Chart. The album's second single "Anthem " reached number 40 on the UK Singles Chart and topped the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart, while its third single "The Rising" was the band's first to register on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, reaching number 32.

<i>Shogun</i> (Trivium album) 2008 studio album by Trivium

Shogunlisten  is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium. The album was released worldwide on various dates between September 23 and October 1, 2008 through Roadrunner Records. It is their last release to feature original drummer Travis Smith. Work on the album is noted to have begun with producer Nick Raskulinecz in October 2007, with the band stating that they chose not to work with Jason Suecof again as they wanted to explore new ideas.

<i>In Waves</i> 2011 studio album by Trivium

In Waves is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium, released worldwide on various dates August 2, 2011 and August 9, 2011 through Roadrunner Records.

In Waves (song) Trivium song

"In Waves" is the first single from American heavy metal band Trivium's fifth studio album by the same name. This song was released on May 21, 2011. It is the first single to feature drummer Nick Augusto, and it has a different sound than Trivium's previous singles. It reached 31 on the UK Rock Chart.

Built to Fall single by Trivium

"Built to Fall" is the second single of American heavy metal band Trivium's fifth studio album, In Waves. This song was released on August 16, 2011. It is the second single to feature drummer Nick Augusto. The album featured a sound closer to Ascendancy than The Crusade and Shogun and features a more metalcore sound than thrash metal. It reached 31 on the UK Rock Chart.

<i>Vengeance Falls</i> 2013 studio album by Trivium

Vengeance Falls is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium, released October 10, 2013 in Japan, October 14 in UK, and October 15 in US via Roadrunner Records. It is the second and last album to feature second drummer Nick Augusto before he had departed from the band in May 2014.

Alex Bent

Alex Bent is an American musician best known as the current drummer for heavy metal bands Trivium, Brain Drill, Arkaik and Dragonlord. Bent is a former drummer for Battlecross.

<i>Silence in the Snow</i> 2015 studio album by Trivium

Silence in the Snow is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium. It was released on October 2, 2015. It is the first and only album to feature third drummer Mat Madiro, who joined the band in May 2014 and before he had departed from the band in December 2015. It is the band's only album to date to not feature any harsh vocals. Michael "Elvis" Baskette was hired as the producer whom the band had met while recording In Waves album back in 2011.

Until the World Goes Cold

"Until the World Goes Cold" is a song by American heavy metal band Trivium, appearing on the band's seventh studio album Silence in the Snow. The song was released as the album's third single on August 26, 2015.

<i>The Sin and the Sentence</i> 2017 studio album by Trivium

The Sin and the Sentence is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Trivium. It was released on October 20, 2017. The album is the first to feature fifth drummer Alex Bent, who replaced drummer Paul Wandtke. With the release of the album's title track, this album would also mark the return of frontman Matt Heafy's screaming vocals since the band's 2011 album In Waves, which were completely absent from the band's previous album Silence in the Snow due to an injury which caused Heafy to blow out his voice.

Strife (song)

"Strife" is a song by American heavy metal band Trivium. The song was released as the second single from the band's sixth studio album Vengeance Falls.


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