“In Waves”, the title track of TRIVIUM‘s fifth studio album, is available for free download via the band’s Facebook page. The CD is tentatively due on August 9 via Roadrunner Records.
TRIVIUM‘s follow-up to 2008’s “Shogun” was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with the production/mixing team of Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY) and Martin “Ginge” Ford, along with engineer Carl Bown.
During an appearance on a recent edition of the Metal Injection Livecast, TRIVIUM guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy stated about the forthcoming CD, “We’ve been writing this same record for a year and a half. We demoed it for eight months. . . [but] when we actually started the record, it took us about three months or so of tracking and it’s gonna take maybe two months to mix, and Colin and the team are working on that right now.”
On the new album title and artwork:
“We’ve been working on the album’s art almost for about a year now with… There’s a bunch of different people involved with all the different stages of the art.”
On which previous TRIVIUM album the new CD sounds most like:
“It’s hard to say which one it sounds most like, but I can say, to date, my favorite one that we have ever done is ‘Ascendancy’  — that’s been my favorite. There was a lot of experimentation on ‘The Crusade’  and ‘Shogun’ . ‘The Crusade’ was the opposite of everything ‘Ascendancy’ was and ‘Shogun’ was kind of pulling elements from every single record. Whereas this one, nothing sounds like any of the other ones at all, but with this record it sounds more like us than ever. ‘Cause with the other records, you could go, ‘OK, maybe this sounds like this kind of music’ or ‘This sounds like this kind of band,’ or maybe ‘It pulls from here or there,’ whereas this is just definitive ‘our’ sound; there is nothing that really deviates from the past; it’s all in the realm of itself. I know that’s really broad and it doesn’t really answer too much of it. It’s a whole new thing. It’s not like anything we’ve done before… again.”
On the lyrical themes covered on the new TRIVIUM album:
“With ‘From Ember To Inferno’  and ‘Ascendancy’, they’re both kind of in the same realm; they’re both a lot of personal stuff, a little bit of social things, things that I saw around me. With ‘Crusade’, it was a lot of sociopolitical [commentary], maybe drawing more from specific current events and a couple of other bits here and there; there are obviously some things that are personal. With ‘Shogun’, there was a lot of mythology influence, there was a lot of Japanese history influence. With this new record, the long answer, or the short answer, is basically is that there is no right or wrong answer on what anyone’s gonna perceive of what the lyrics mean to them, but I will not be saying what they mean to me at all. Because I really want people to come up with everything… Everything down to the music to the visuals to the art… because we’re recreating everything with this new record. There’s a new TRIVIUM logo, there’s a new style of art, there’s a new look, there’s a new feel, there’s new kinds of videos and everything going on. And I really want it to be up to the ear and the eye of the beholder of what they feel it means to them. So whatever it means to you is gonna be right. I don’t want people to go into it with a preconceived notion of what I feel like it should mean where it could mean something else to that person and to that listener.”
TRIVIUM‘s last album, “Shogun”, sold just under 24,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD followed up “The Crusade”, which opened with 31,000 copies in October 2006 to land at No. 25.
“Shogun” was released in North America on September 30, 2008 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was mixed in London by Colin Richardson, with Jeff Rose and Martin “Ginge” Ford assisting on engineering duties.