The headliners are on fire and ready to slay
“Ithink, with this one, the stars properly aligned.” Matt Heafy is talking about the reaction to Trivium’s immense The
Sin And The Sentence album, but he might as well be talking about what is surely shaping up to be the tour of the year in May. Bringing a stacked bill of Code Orange, Venom Prison and Power Trip along for a Hammer-sponsored tear through the UK in the spring (see dates on page 107), the metal heavyweights are excited to get going.
“We’re going to be bringing something unlike we’ve ever had,” the frontman promises. “We’ve always been a fan of all the bands we have on this bill. Code Orange, Venom Prison and Power Trip aren’t brand new by any means but they’re definitely up and coming; the global arena of metal is starting to take notice of these bands and seeing that they’re doing something different. They’re doing it the way they want to do, which is something Trivium have always believed in. We only want to tour with bands we’re excited to tour with.”
As The Heaf explains, each band on this bill is bringing something different – and the results promise to be spectacular.
“I started getting word of Venom Prison about a year or so ago and when the record came [2016’s storming debut, Animus], I fell in love with it. I love the videos, I love the vibe, I love the message. I heard Power Trip about a couple of years ago – early Slayer, Sepultura but also early Cro Mags and Leeway, just this perfect fusion of thrash and hardcore. And Code Orange… I’ve always dug that band. Obviously, now people are really catching wind of them, which is great. It’s going to be four bands who are really bringing something exciting to metal. I think these shows are going to be just ridiculous from start to finish. This is going to be the full experience of a true metal show.”
As Trivium slowly but surely step into the breach of being scene veterans, they’re embracing the opportunity to bring exposure to younger bands making their own ways up the ladder.
“It’s what we are!” he beams. “We’re people that wear the shirts of the bands we love. We love to promote bands who are doing something cool and interesting and it makes us so happy that we’re able to do that. On the North American tour, we brought out While She Sleeps, because they’re still a newer name for people in America. We bring out these younger bands and we’re shaping and talking about what’s happening now in metal and metalcore. That’s so important.”
“This IS WHAT’S HAPPENING IN METAL RIGHT NOW”
MATT SAYS THIS TOUR REPRESENTS THE CUTTING EDGE OF HEAVY
Trivium: scene veterans