TRIVIUM's MATT HEAFY: Heavy Metal Is 'Alive And Well'

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In a model new interview with the “DOMKcast”, TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy was requested to weigh in on the present state of the heavy metallic scene. He responded: “Metal is alive and nicely. There’s too many data to even checklist of what number of unimaginable bands there are. There is not any scarcity of unimaginable bands making unimaginable music.

“Anyone saying that metallic is just not making something good proper now’s incorrect; it means they are not trying and so they’re not listening to the heart beat of what is going on on,” he continued. “There’s this report label known as Holy Roar Records out of the U.Okay.; they’re releasing numerous insane data. This band known as CONJURER — it is like post-death metallic, sort of sludgy, hardcore tech-death. It’s freakin’ superior; I believe it is top-of-the-line data of the yr. This band known as MØL from Denmark — they combine black and shoegaze, bizarre atmospheric rock. POWER TRIP is certainly a band that deserves a lot of the [recognition] they’re getting. CODE ORANGE was nominated for a freakin’ Grammy.

“There is not any scarcity of metallic, there isn’t a scarcity of implausible data,” he added. “And anybody who must know what data to take heed to, simply have a look at my Spotify. For any man that is, like, ‘There’s nothing good happening in heavy music,’ go to my Spotify proper now and have a look at the highest data of 2018, 2017, 2016, and I’ll present you in any other case.”

Heafy, nevertheless, was much less enthusiastic concerning the rock scene as a complete, insisting that originality is unfortunately missing with most of the newer bands.

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TRIVIUM's MATT HEAFY: Heavy Metal Is 'Alive And Well'

“There nonetheless are some actually nice bands doing nice issues in rock, however I do really feel like there are some bands making an attempt to suit into a particular factor,” he stated. “They are possibly trying throughout platforms, they’re saying, like, ‘Oh, that is doing very well on alt rock [radio stations]’, or, ‘This is doing very well on indie rock. We ought to make our rock band sound like these bands who’re singing alt rock and indie rock.’ And that is the place it begins to get scary for rock; that is the place it begins to make issues sort of go the fallacious route versus making an attempt to interrupt out and be totally different. Look at a band like AVENGED [SEVENFOLD], have a look at a band like SLIPKNOT — they completely break the system. Or even now GHOST — it is so superior that GHOST is doing nicely at rock radio, as a result of they’re doing one thing that is so totally different.

“I really feel rock is meant to be rebelling in opposition to the opposite codecs, and it is alleged to be the reply to being away from that stuff,” he continued. “And that is why I really like metallic a lot, ‘trigger metallic is much more so the rise up in opposition to all the pieces else. So I’d simply encourage individualism in bands. And in the event you wanna be a rock band, make stuff however totally different. Make songs that you just love that [are] gonna join with folks, however do not feel like it’s important to attempt to sound like one thing else that is a hit.

“I believe the identical factor occurs in metallic and the identical factor occurs in pop the place genres will see one thing that could be a success and go, ‘We want to do this,'” he added. “But while you say that, that individual is already on the following step… So you may see issues like that the place that occurs in heavy music, and, clearly, that’ll occur in rock as nicely the place folks see, like I stated, an alt-rock band do actually, very well and so they’re, like, ‘We ought to attempt to make a tune that feels like that in order that we will get these folks to come back over.’ But that is not the reply. The reply is to maintain making one thing that is totally different than what the opposite guys are doing. And that is a band like SLIPKNOT, I really feel, [has become] a family title — they do one thing that is so totally different than everybody else is doing. Or when DISTURBED first got here out, it was such a special factor. So there are these bands which are using that line between being heavy and rock, the place they’ll get [non-metal fans] into it. And I really feel like that is the place we slot in as nicely — we’re completely a metallic band first, however we’re in a position to cross over and convey some folks to the darkish facet, present individuals who like rock, ‘Hey, this is metallic. Come test this out. And there’s much more genres inside it.’ And that is an excellent factor.”

TRIVIUM will proceed its profitable “The Sin And The Sentence” world tour with one other leg of North American dates this fall. The band will hit the street on a headline run this October. The invoice will function very particular visitor AVATAR and LIGHT THE TORCH. The 25-date trek kicks off on October three in Tampa, Florida and runs by means of November three in Berkeley, California, with a number of stops in Canada.

TRIVIUM‘s newest album, “The Sin And The Sentence”, was launched final October through Roadrunner. The disc was recorded with producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA) at Santa Ana, California’s Hybrid Studios. The LP options the band’s first recordings with new drummer Alex Bent, who joined the band in 2016.

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