Ascension nearly complete, Trivium to start a ‘Crusade’


February 23, 2006 writer Greg Maki recently spoke to Trivium bass player Paolo Gregoletto, who offered insight on the band's next album and talked about Trivium's touring plans for 2006.


On the strength of their second album, 2005’s Ascendancy, Trivium has traveled the world, building their fanbase with each tour. They were the breakout band of Ozzfest 2005’s second stage and will return to the U.S. festival scene this summer on the second run of the Sounds of the Underground tour. Showers of critical acclaim also have met their polished blend of classic metal stylings and modern sensibilities. The members of Trivium will fulfill two dreams this year by playing on the same bill as Metallica at the U.K.’s Download Festival and, later, opening for Iron Maiden on a European tour.

All of this success has come with half of the band not yet at the legal U.S. drinking age.

Trivium’s latest tour has them, along with Devildriver and Zao, opening for Swedish metal kings In Flames.

“It’s been amazing,” said bass player Paolo Gregoletto said on the afternoon of the tour’s recent stop in Washington, D.C., describing his experience on the road with In Flames.

“We’re making progress each time out, which is exactly what we want,” he said of Trivium’s growing audience.

At just 20 years old, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native said he already is doing what he always wanted to do. Even so, “you can never plan for” the success the band has enjoyed in the last year, success which he says is the product of hard work. The band – which also includes 20-year-old Matt Heafy on lead vocals and guitar, 22-year-old Corey Beaulieu on guitar and vocals, and 23-year-old drummer Travis Smith – has been on the road virtually nonstop stretching back even before Ascendancy's release last March. Aside from this April and May, during which the band will record Ascendancy’s follow-up, The Crusade, the next 18 months to two years will follow a similar path, Gregoletto said.

Though Gregoletto joined Trivium in 2004 after the material for Ascendancy had been written, this time each member is sharing equally in the creative process. Each has written a handful of songs that will be brought to the table for the full band to take a crack at and fine-tune in the studio, Gregoletto said.

“We’re not deviating from what we’ve done,” Gregoletto said of the direction of the new material.

He described it as “more technical” with “bigger choruses” inspired by Metallica, Iron Maiden and other metal acts big in the 1980s, specifically citing Metallica’s … And Justice for All. Gregoletto said it is a love of that era that links all four members of Trivium, all of whom have varied influences and interests (Gregoletto, for example, counts The Police as one of his favorite bands, while Smith is huge fan of Southern rock). In bios of the band’s official website (, they each include Metallica, Iron Maiden and Pantera in their lists of all-time favorite bands.

Look for the strong melodies that mark Ascendancy’s best tracks (“Like Light to the Flies,” “A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation") to be an even stronger force on The Crusade. While the screaming vocals will not disappear entirely, Gregoletto said, Heafy is moving toward more of a “heavy singing” style. The combination of singing and screaming can be rough on the vocals chords, Gregoletto said. Also, “the last album had a lot of good songs that were limited for what they could for us by the harshness.”

The Crusade will be Trivium’s third album, but Gregoletto insists it “still won’t define us as a band.” He sees Trivium, which originated in Florida about six years ago, continuing to grow and develop, and moving “more toward our own sound.”

Gregoletto says he is in it for the long haul. Given his and his bandmates’ youth, that could be a long time indeed.