INTERVIEW: Trivium’s Matt Heafy & Corey Beaulieu

We all know Trivium can play. They’ve been able to shred with the best of them ever since their first album, 2003’s Ember To Inferno, while and 2008’s Shogun veered close to progressive metal more than once, with its complex single note lines and ferocious 7-string riffage. But new album In Waves (Roadrunner) finds these Floridians exploring more restrained territory – to a point. The riffs are more direct, the tones are huge, and the songwriting is tight and purposeful. Guitarists Corey Beaulieu and Matt Heafy refined their approach without losing their edge or power, a rare feat in a world were ‘stripped back songwriting’ is usually taken to mean ‘wimpy.’ There’s still plenty of precision in the latest evolution of the Trivium sound, and there’s more than enough aggression to satisfy fans of the band’s early hardcore days, but In Waves stands out as the best sounding and most repeat-listenable Trivium album to date. I spoke with Heafy and Beaulieu about what went into the project, and what ultimately came out.

You started working on this album quite a while ago. Is that how you always work?

COREY BEAULIEU Mostly on every record, while we’re touring for the previous record, we stockpile ideas. Once we get off tour we have a lot of stuff we can start digging into and putting together. We use the tour to write and put together ideas so that when we start on the next record we’re a bit ahead. We’ve already got stuff we’ve been working on over time and that has been allowed to develop. Some of the songs go back pretty far back in the Shogun touring cycle.

What was your guitar approach on this album?

BEAULIEU It was about focusing on the songs, and writing songs that are straight to the point. It wasn’t all about technical stuff or trying to riff out a lot or show off. It was just making sure everything in the song was what needed to be there and nothing more. Taking a songwriter’s approach and not trying to be a flashy guitar player. It’s all about making the song and the riff the best it can be. It’s a lot simpler technically. We took that approach for the playing stuff, and the solos were whatever was needed for the song, whether it was a crazy solo or something more melodic. The songs dictated the lead stuff.

MATT HEAFY We were thinking about telling [producer] Colin Richardson, “We want a combination of this, this and that…” but I’m pretty sure we held all of our comments until we saw him in person. The guitar process was long. Normally, every record we’ve ever done, you get a BS scratch guitar tone and send it off to be mixed later, but Colin’s whole thing is he doesn’t want to record a second of music until he has a tone that will be the final tone of the record. I think we spent about five days on the guitar tone.

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CD REVIEW: Adrenaline Mob – self-titled

With Dream Theater kick all sorts of goals with new drummer Mike Mangini – critically acclaimed live shows, a super-well-received first track from forthcoming album A Dramatic Turn Of Events – Mike Portnoy seems determined for us to remember why he’s one of the most respected drummers of his generation. And so we have Adrenaline Mob, which includes Symphony X’s Russell Allen on lead vocals, Fozzy/Stuck Mojo’s Rich Ward on rhythm guitar, the monstrous Mike Orlando on lead guitar and Paul DiLeo on bass.

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It’s official- Soundwave Revolution cancelled

UPDATE (4:46pm Melbourne time Tuesday August 9):
Statement from Soundwave on Twitlonger:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of #swREVOLUTION

Many of the festival bands will still be coming to Australia in that time period and team up to bring you some very special shows. These will include multi band/mini festival line-ups in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. We will be announcing these events in the next 7 days.

Tickets purchased online will be refunded automatically as soon as it can be processed. If you purchased from an outlet, refunds will be available next week from point of purchase.”

In an interview with radio station Nova, promoter AJ Maddah said: “We could have taken the option of linking through with the line-up as we have now – it would have obviously still been a much better financial outcome for us than to go through the road we have – but we just didn’t want to put an inferior product on the market.”

Radio station Nova has just posted the following on Twitter:

ok peeps, it is official Soundwave Revolution has been cancelled because the second headline act pulled out at the last minute.

Melodicrock.com then tweeted

If Soundwave is going to blame an unnamed second headliner for the demise of the festival I call BULLSHIT on that! Not with 40 other bands..

Ouch.

So… there we have it. Cancelled. Van Halen’s first-ever DLR-fronted Australian tour is off. Wanna know how I feel about this?

Rumour: Is Soundwave Revolution cancelled?

UPDATE (1pm Melbourne time, August 9) Stix has deleted the tweets. Huh.

Original story:

Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia has set the Twitters raging with a series of tweets claiming that the Soundwave Revolution festival has been cancelled. There’s no official word on this either way, but I would recommend regularly checking the Soundwave Festival Twitter and Soundwave Revolution Facebook pages and the Twitter account of AJ from Soundwave for the latest. Take it as a rumour for now and I’m sure the Soundwave folks will clarify things soon.

Here are Stix’s tweets in chronological order:

Soundwave revolution is cancelled. I am bummed.

Just got word from our management that the whole festival is cancelled. I hope I’m wrong but I was told it’s official. Anyone hear same?

Maybe we’ll still come out and rock anyway! I’m hoping it can get worked out. We wanna rock u guys in Ozn

If I’m wrong, I’ll only let two chicks suck my dick instead of the normal 5. That’s how serious I am.

Just wait. I ain’t wrong.

Ok everyone. I’m just reporting what I was told. U don’t have 2 believe me. Better yet, don’t believe me and wait for an “official” anncmnt

Ok. Let’s start over fuckers. Don’t panic. Let’s all pretend I didn’t hear from our manager that swr is officially cancelled. U good now?

Aside from Steel Panther, the Soundwave Revolution line-up includes Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Devin Townsend, Alter Bridge, Hole, Machine Head, Hellyeah, The Damned Things and about a bazillion more bands.