Metal powerhouse, Trivium, has earned a commendable reputation and worldwide glory through dishin’ out riffs, drums, and vocals that emit passionate energy while showcasing their multifaceted musical ability. It comes as no surprise that the gang originally hailing from Orlando, Florida have re-released their balls-to-the-wall debut album, ‘Ember to Inferno’, which is an onslaught of furry that takes listeners on a journey through energetic riffs and merciless metal licks. I caught up with lead singer, Matt Heafy, to discuss what the album means to the band, tattoos, the upcoming UK and Europe tour, and more.
‘Ember to Inferno’ is what brought the legacy that Trivium is leaving behind to life. Share with us exactly what the album means to you.
It’s been an amazing experience to be able to go back and revisit ‘Ember To Inferno’ with such investigative detail. Throughout the preparation for this re-release, I have been carefully going over every single song off of each of the records included in the special edition, making sure the integrity of the original audio is of the highest quality on each format. What’s been very fun for me is going back and being reminded of the nostalgia of the era of making each of these albums; it was a simpler, more raw time of simply making music with no goal other than making the kind of music we wanted to hear.
If you had to choose one song on ‘Ember to Inferno’ that relays a message that is personally meaningful to you, what song and what message behind it would you choose and why?
The title of the album and the title track of the record reflect the goal and mindset of what Trivium is and was, then and now. The idea of ‘Ember to Inferno’ is the representation of the spark of an idea of Trivium and the hopeful goal of turning that spark into a world-engulfing blaze. Since day one, the goal of Trivium was to be the kind of band who could make an impact on the music world.
After touring with so many bands over the year, is there one in particular that you would like to tour with that you haven’t been on the road with yet?
We have had the distinct honor of touring with everyone from Iron Maiden to Metallica, In Flames to Amon Amarth, playing shows and festivals with everyone from Alicia Keys to Zao and everything in between.
Having said that, we would love to tour with Iron Maiden again.
Any new tattoos since the last time we touched base? If not, any in the works?
Currently, I still have just four tattoos (my back, both arms, and ring finger); I am planning a trip to San Francisco at the beginning of next year to go back to Tattoo City with Kahlil Rintye to get two more sessions of six hours or so to my back. I HOPE that’s all it needs. Ha!
What’s the secret to the longevity of the band and camaraderie within the group?
If I could bottle it up and sell it, I think it would be a best-selling product. Obviously we’ve gone through team changes both in the background and in the front-end of the band; the constant however has been Corey, Paolo, myself, and our manager Justin. For some reason, our chemistry is just perfect; I am thankful, fortunate, and lucky to have three truly incredible people alongside me.
How do you feel lyrically you’ve changed over the course of your discography? Do you perceive that you’re getting more personal?
Since Ruber (The Red Album), I have been about tackling song topics that I feel strongly about; Trivium has always been my outlet to be able to put exactly how I feel to pen and pad, then lyric and song to display for anyone who would listen. We’ve had songs with topics ranging from self-empowerment to dealing with depression and thoughts of suicide; songs about equality and acceptance of all walks of life; it varies from piece to piece, but each song I create, I always want to be about something of substantial importance.
You guys are gearing up for your UK and Europe tour with SikTh and SHVPES. What do fans have to look forward to this time around?
This will be the final European tour for a while coming up; fans can expect material from every single Trivium record; albums one through seven. We pride ourselves on being a great live band with a highly energetic and engaging show; no one should miss this one.
Are there any specific genres that you or artists that you have been listening to lately that you have derived influence from?
Classical music is one of the biggest forms of music constantly playing for me whether at home or on the road. I feel metal is classical music’s only living contemporary relative; the complexity, compositions, and necessity of highly skilled musicians is something I only see parallels to in classical and metal. Classical music has been very inspirational to Trivium’s songwriting.
As you are diving back into your roots with the release of ‘Ember to Inferno’ when you set out to start Trivium as a band, did you have any idea that you would create the whirlwind of success that you have encountered?
Ever since I was 12/13 years old, I knew what I wanted to do in this life: to be in the kind of band that can make a serious dent in music; the kind of metal band that can play arenas all around the planet to the most dedicated of fans. We’re not there yet, but the goal has been unwavering since day one.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
We would not exist without our supporters. Everything we do is for you, and we look forward to constantly being together as we do what we all love to do.