Matt Heafy takes you through the new Trivium album

Check out this cool article at alt where Matt Heafy of Trivium talks about each track on the band’s killer new album, In Waves.

And check back tomorrow for my interview with Heafy and co-guitarist Corey Beaulieu. A snippet from Corey:

“We just thought after playing some of those songs on the tour cycle for that record, some of the stuff was so involved on guitar that it was hard to have fun during the show because we were concentrating so much on what we were playing. We just wanted to write stuff that was fun so the songs were more straight to the point and easier to get into, and not be this crazy, technical guitar album. We just didn’t feel like playing those long, elaborate songs. We wanted really energetic, fun songs that people could get a hold of and get into really easily.”

COOL VIDEO ALERT: Dunlop strings

Check out this neat video from Jim Dunlop about their string manufacturing process. Very interesting stuff. And keep an eye out for top players like Zakk Wylde, Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch), Matt Heafy (Trivium) and Phil Demmel (Machine Head).

I gotta say, I’m very happy indeed with my Dunlop strings. I’m one of those dudes who likes to try every brand pretty regularly so I have a feel for what’s out there (go on, ask for my opinion about string brands some time when you have a week spare), but I come back to Dunlop strings probably more often than any other brand, and I swear by them on acoustic guitars especially. I can’t wait to check out the new Heavy Core 7 set.

My interview with Matt Heafy from Trivium

CLICK HERE to read my interview with Trivium’s Matt Heafy (Spanish translation here thanks to Trivium Mexico)

Here’s a snippet:

“This whole record is a response to everything we see in music and in metal. It’s always done the same way: a band will release a song, then release the album cover, and they explain what every little thing is supposed to mean. But we didn’t want to do it that way. It’s exactly like you said: we wanted to control the flow of information. I always thought it irritating that people seem to know the album title and cover so early, and people make their entire assumption about the record in just those little ways. So we set up all those teasers, and we didn’t announce the record title until after “In Waves” was out, and people didn’t know yet that In Waves was the record title. So we wanted to make it more of an experience like it used to be. Even when I was a kid, when a band was about to release a record, it was a little more exciting. You didn’t know everything that was going on, all the details of the record. We wanted to make it fun for the listener, and fun for people to wait for the record to come out. And it’s worked out really well. There have been little weird things, like Amazon posted little 30-second samples of every song, and we didn’t know they were going to do that, but we decided to embrace it and use it to our advantage, so I tweeted about it and suddenly thousands of kids were able to listen to the samples. But then some will make their whole assumption of the record based on a 30-second sample of a chorus. That’s what’s gonna happen, but there’s still that mystique with the record, because it hasn’t leaked, knock on wood. I’m sure it will before it comes out but, knock on wood, I hope it doesn’t because since there’s so much emphasis on the music and the visuals on this record; the visuals are something you really can’t duplicate by ripping it online. You have to get the special edition to see the documentary, the live video, the packaging, the vinyl that comes with the special edition, all that good stuff. It’s more about making it an old-school physical experience of an album.”

NEWS: Trivium ‘In Waves’ free download



Early this morning Trivium uploaded a FREE MP3 as a giveaway of their brand new track ‘In Waves’. Make sure you head over there now to pick it up!

‘In Waves’ is the current track from Trivium’s forthcoming studio album, also called In Waves, out on August 5, 2011 through Roadrunner Records.

The band is releasing their fifth studio album, In Waves, on August 5, 2011.  In Waves was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Altamonte Springs, Florida and Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.  The album was produced and mixed by Colin Richardson and Martyn “Ginge” Ford for Real Productions.

Trivium is Matthew Heafy (vocals, guitar), Corey Beaulieu (guitar, vocals), Paolo Gregoletto (bass guitar) and Nick Augusto (drums).

For further information on Trivium visit,

In Waves out August 5 through Roadrunner Records.


NEWS: Trivium meets Yngwie

Check out the April 2011 issue of Guitar World for a great article where Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Corey Ballieau are introduced to the one and only Yngwie Malmsteen. Yngwie recently released the album Relentless while Trivium are in the studio finishing off their latest album right now.

Aside from Trivium and Yngwie’s meeting, the April 2011 issue of Guitar World also includes Jeff Beck’s homage to Les Paul, Eric Clapton on Layla, and a celebration of Robert Johnson’s 100th birthday. Tabs include Jeff Beck’s version of Sleep Walk, Robert Johnson’s Sweet Home Chicago, Led Zeppelin’s The Rain Song, All That Remains’ Hold On and Journey’s Any Way You Want It.