Triv­ium re­pent their sins

As Triv­ium re­lease new Al­bum THE sin and THE sen­tence, we haul matt Heafy into the dock to face up to A life­time of metal mis­deeds. si­lence in court!

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last week, triv­ium re­leased their eighth full-length al­bum, the Sin And The Sen­tence. It’s the per­fect ex­cuse, then, to march 31-year-old Matt Heafy into court and take him to task over mo­ments from his 18-year ten­ure as vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist for the Florid­ian four-piece. the ju­di­cial pro­cess is fair and sim­ple: with Ker­rang! act­ing as the case for the pros­e­cu­tion, we’ll ap­proach the bar – no, not that kind, but it would be nice – and quiz Matt about his life in metal. act­ing as the judge and jury, we’ve en­listed one of the finest minds in metal law, his bassist and friend Paolo Gre­go­letto, to pass judge­ment and ei­ther ab­solve him of his crimes or sen­tence him to some hard time in a man­ner of his choos­ing.

Or­der! Or­der! This could get ugly…

WE PUT IT TO YOU, MR. HEAFY, THAT YOU USED TO DRINK TO EX­CESS WHILE ON TOUR.

DE­FEN­DANT MATT PLEADS… “We were young and felt like we’d been given the keys to the city. we’d drink what­ever we wanted be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter a show. When we played that first Down­load set in 2005, we were pretty hun­gover. It shouldn’t have gone well but it did, and after­wards we said to our­selves, ‘we can’t be do­ing this.’ That’s when we started shap­ing up.” JUDGE PAOLO’S VER­DICT… “He gets a pass.you have to live and learn. I wasn’t too bad, but Down­load was a blur be­cause it was such a rush of adrenalin and an out-of-body ex­pe­ri­ence. Matt’s for­given.”

YOU HAVE TOO MANY PATCHES ON YOUR DENIM JACKET. DID YOU ACT ALONE?

DE­FEN­DANT MATT PLEADS… “My wife stitches them on for me. thank­fully for her, the vest is full now with ev­ery black metal patch you can get. there’s no more room now. I have an in­sane col­lec­tion.” JUDGE PAOLO’S VER­DICT… “I’ve had other peo­ple sew my patches on. I can’t do that at all. It’d prob­a­bly be good if we both learned how to sew. He gets a pass.”

YOU STAND AC­CUSED, MATT, OF RE­QUEST­ING A KET­TLE BELL FOR YOUR BAND’S RIDER, AND OF BRING­ING YOUR OWN GYM ON TOUR. HOW DO YOU PLEAD?

DE­FEN­DANT MATT PLEADS… “Guilty! They wouldn’t get it for me. when we were young, we were out with God For­bid and they were talk­ing about the rider and we didn’t know what that was. they were like, ‘You know, Reese’s Pieces and Dori­tos.’ We thought a rider had to be just snacks and booze. Now it’s all lo­cal or­ganic fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, or­ganic deli meat.you need to treat your­self like an ath­lete on show days.at first, we’d carry loads of dumb­bells and a bench and our trailer would keep pop­ping. Now it’s more stream­lined; we’ve switched to ket­tle bells, bat­tle ropes, kick­box­ing gear, Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu mats, yoga stuff. Our se­cu­rity guy is a re­tired pro MMA fighter and we do jiu-jitsu on tour. I need Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu in my life as much as metal.” JUDGE PAOLO’S VER­DICT… “As I use some of the equip­ment, I can’t judge Matt for that.we used to get Smirnoff Ice when ev­ery­one was sin­gle so we had some­thing for the ladies. we’d al­ways ended up hav­ing to drink it our­selves. But I’ll have to give him some sort of pun­ish­ment for hav­ing to carry ev­ery­thing. I think he’d have to load it in at a place that doesn’t have a lift and have to fig­ure out how to get it up the stairs.”

YOUR UNSHAKABLE SENSE OF SELF-BE­LIEF IN THE BAND’S EARLY DAYS COULD HAVE BEEN MISCONSTRUED AS AR­RO­GANCE.

DE­FEN­DANT MATT PLEADS… “Bands and mag­a­zines turned on us when they read those quotes about as­pi­ra­tions of world dom­i­na­tion. For some rea­son, in the mu­sic world, it’s frowned upon to have as­pi­ra­tions. If we came out and said those things and sucked, then yeah, it’s fluff. I’m so happy we did that, be­cause it brought us to where we are now.” JUDGE PAOLO’S VER­DICT… “It hap­pens with all new bands, but I think if you come off as over-con­fi­dent it could be seen as pour­ing gaso­line on that fire. Con­fi­dence is all you have when you’re start­ing out. Matt’s ab­solved for that one!”

YOUR LOVE OF MAR­TIAL ARTS COULD PUT TOURS AT RISK. WHY DO YOU DO THIS?

DE­FEN­DANT MATT PLEADS… “MAR­TIAL arts has be­come a big thing in my life, to start some­thing like Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu and have my ass handed to me daily and come into it from a band is one of the best things you can do. It’s im­por­tant to have the ego taken away and have to do some­thing where you’re un­com­fort­able and don’t know what you’re do­ing.” JUDGE PAOLO’S VER­DICT… “That’s a tricky one.at his school, ev­ery­one knows what he does, so there’s cer­tain things they won’t do [with him]. there’s a lot of grip­ping.the pun­ish­ment for that would be hav­ing to roll with the main guy at his school, who’s next level.”

THE CHARGE: TRIV­IUM HAVE GONE THROUGH MORE DRUMMERS THAN SPINAL TAP.

DE­FEN­DANT MATT PLEADS… “Ab­so­lutely. Tech­ni­cally, alex [Bent] is stu­dio drum­mer num­ber four. We don’t en­joy drum­mer changes, but when peo­ple see Alex there’s no ques­tion as to why he’s in the band. If it was me and a ro­tat­ing cast of band mem­bers, I think it would be ob­vi­ous what the prob­lem was. Hope­fully Alex is the guy, then all things are great.” JUDGE PAOLO’S VER­DICT… “The rea­son we made those changes are com­ing from what we’re do­ing. alex is such a good fit. ab­solved!”

YOU’VE BEEN STARSTRUCK MEET­ING YOUR HE­ROES.

DE­FEN­DANT MATT PLEADS… “Yes. I saw James Hetfield at Rock am Ring in 2006 and I was the ul­ti­mate bum­bling id­iot. we’ve met all those guys a lot since and they’re al­ways su­per-cool to us, but when I talk to James, I can­not get it to­gether. He’s why I wanted to be a front­man.” JUDGE PAOLO’S VER­DICT… “I think I was there when that hap­pened. His pun­ish­ment would be be­ing trapped with a bunch of starstruck band dudes and hav­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the same thing. It would reach epic lev­els of awk­ward­ness and be so funny to watch.”

“WHEN I FIRST MET JAMES HETFIELD, I WAS A BUM­BLING ID­IOT” MATT HEAFY

THE SIN AND THE SEN­TENCE IS OUT NOW VIA ROAD­RUN­NER

Judge, jury and ex­e­cu­tioner: Paolo Gre­go­letto

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