Trivium: “Recruiting fans, In Waves”
For fans of Orlando, Fla.’s Trivium, the band’s 2005 sophomore album, Ascendancy set the bar and is the standard for everything before and after in their career. So naturally, after two excellent, yet more varied albums in The Crusade (2006) and Shogun (2008) that saw Trivium trying to establish a new sound, Ascendancy seems to be the blueprint for In Waves. No more emulating Metallica or any other of the band’s idols and influences—this was going to be an honest, hardcore Trivium record. And mark my words: Not only is Trivium my pick for breakthrough band on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, but with In Waves, Trivium will be metal’s biggest breakthrough in 2011 and into 2012. And a big part of this is due to the band’s new drummer, Nick Augusto, a former drum tech for the band who joined as a full-time member in late 2009 after Travis Smith parted ways. On new songs like “In Waves,” “Dusk Dismantled” and “Black,” Augusto’s triggered, hard-hitting, ferocious style brings the band to a new level.
Trivium has spent the hot summer months alternating opening the main stage on this year’s Mayhem Festival before embarking across the U.S. as openers for Dream Theater’s “A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour.” Later in the year, they’re heading to the U.K. for “Defenders of The Faith III,” with In Flames, Ghost and others. On the Mayhem stop July 31 in Camden, N.J., Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki talked with Nick Augusto about the festival, details of In Waves and his transition into the band. Warning: Generic questions may follow. (more…)