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!
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