The head­lin­ers are on fire and ready to slay

Metal Hammer (UK) - - 2018: The Year Ahead -

“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.”



Trivium: scene vet­er­ans

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