TRIVIUM Says Drummer Change Saved Band

Artisan News Service recently spoke to Corey Beaulieu and Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM (see video below) about how the band’s recent drummer change affected the songwriting chemistry within the group and the recording process for TRIVIUM’s new album, “In Waves”.

On the end of TRIVIUM‘s working relationship with Travis Smith:

Matt: “Basically — and I’m not pointing any one finger — between the four of us in the old lineup, if that lineup continued, the band wouldn’t be around anymore. And I’m not saying it’s just [Travis] or just one other guy from our band right now [that were causing the friction in the group], it’s just… the chemistry wasn’t there.”

Corey: “If we stayed the way we were going, if we went in to start working on this record, either absolutely nothing would happen or it would just be a yelling, screaming match, fights… The chemistry and the creative vibe… It would just have been a really awkward room and just nothing really would happen. I think there just would have been a lot of walking on eggshells before something bad happened.”

On how Nick Augusto came to join TRIVIUM:

Matt: “Travis had to sit a tour out and we didn’t know what to do because we never had that happen before. And Nick was [Travis‘] tech and he was like, ‘I know the songs.’ And we heard him play and he played everything… I remember me and Corey watched him play and we started laughing because we couldn’t believe how perfect it was.”

On how Nick performed during the recording sessions for “In Waves”:

Corey: “Every time he played a song, the drums would be totally different because he tried every single beat over every riff to kind of see what fits and what doesn’t and kind of eliminate all the ideas. I think it was really good, at least for him, to have that… If we had to rush it like some of the other records when we only had a certain amount of time, it would have been a lot harder for him to get relaxed and in the pocket with how to write drums for a band like us, since he’s never played, really, in a band that plays music like us. ‘Cause he’s a really technical drummer and can play all sorts of crazy shit. I think the hardest thing was just to kind of really get the idea in his head that you don’t always have to go nuts all the time, just lay down the grooves.”

“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.

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.

“In Waves” high-quality stream: