Latest release: Vengeance Falls (Roadrunner/Warner)
Website: www.trivium.org

Trivium have been one of the most consistently popular metal acts among Australian audiences for almost a decade, with their last three albums all charting highly. Since the release of Shogun, however, the band hasn’t played a headlining tour in this country. That will change in November when Trivium return to our shores, bringing good mates In Flames along with them. We spoke with Corey Beaulieu.

Hi Corey. It’s great to have you on the line today. It’s been a long time since Trivium has done a headlining tour here. My co-editor Brendan interviewed you and Paolo back before In Waves came out and you were hoping to come back then, so it’s great you’ve finally managed it.
Every time Australia came up we would want to headline and then we would get on Soundwave, but this time we said we wanted to headline. We’ve had two albums come out since our last headlining tour down there. The fans have been really great, the last three albums have all been in the Top Ten. It’s the last tour for the current record, so it’ll be a great way to tie things up.

Playing in your own right will mean that the fans will get a full set from you for the first time in years.
Yeah. We usually play for about 75 minutes, which is a little more than double what we normally play on Soundwave, so there’s a few songs, especially off the last few records, that we’ve never had a chance to play down there because we’ve had limited time. So we’re definitely brainstorming what we should play when we go down there. Hopefully we’ll pick a set that everyone will be pretty happy with.

You’re touring here with In Flames too. They were a big influence on Trivium and they’re always popular here too so it’s going to be great to have you touring Australia together.
We’ve toured with In Flames pretty much everywhere in the world except for Australia. We’ve toured with them since about 2005 – 2006… we opened for them way back when Come Clarity came out. We’ve become really good friends with In Flames, so you don’t have to twist our arms to play with them. Every time we tour with them, we have a really great time just hanging out because they’re really great dudes. Pretty much anywhere we go it works pretty well, so knock on wood, it should work down there!

You mentioned that these will be the final shows for this album cycle, so how far along are you on the next Trivium album?
Anytime we get a break from tour and we’re home for a week or so we work on ideas. Even on Mayhem we did some recording on the bus, and now that we’ve got a couple months off before we go to Japan and Australia, we’ve just been writing new songs and working on stuff we’ve been doing for the past few months.

I interviewed Paolo just as Vengeance Falls was being released and he spoke highly of the process you went through when working with David Draiman on that record. Is that likely to be the way you go this time as well?

We’re gonna mix and match. I definitely liked the way we recorded with David. I think it maximised the time in the studio and we were also able to record way faster than with any other record, so that was the thing that I really liked because it kept everyone engaged and there was never any downtime. We did it song by song, so when one person was done the next person would come in and record their parts so we didn’t have to record fourteen songs straight. It was only one or two and a time so you never got overwhelmed with having to do too much at one time. If there’s anything we really missed, it’s that we wanna get the whole band after we’ve demoed all the songs and get in a rehearsal space and play through the songs and feel them out, give them the jam test to see if there’s anything that’s not fitting or just doesn’t feel right.

Touring cycles seem to be a lot longer now. What is it like for Trivium being out on the road so long and how do you think it impacts a lot of newer bands still coming through?
I remember us driving ourselves eight hours a night and sleeping in the van. It was pretty hard work. It started out that way and you learn if you’re really cut out for this. You know, I know a lot of people who go on a couple tours and they’re like, ‘Man, fuck this! This is fucked!’ And they end up quitting, because it’s not the most comfortable lifestyle until you/re able to upgrade to better accommodation but I think it makes you appreciate what you got. You have to earn your way up and eat shit for a while to actually appreciate things. We’re on the road a lot because we get the opportunity to do a lot of good things, tour with a lot of awesome bands and really great tours that have really opened up our fanbase to a new audience that hasn’t heard us. I suppose it’s better to be on those things than not, because it would really suck if you really wanted to tour and couldn’t get on any of those things! And it’s really good for bands to be able to do it between album cycles because if you can go away for a little while and come back, people haven’t seen you a million times and by the time you come back people are really excited.

Thanks for your time today, Corey. It will great to have you here in Australia once again soon.
Thank you too, man. We’re really looking forward to it.

Trivum tour with In Flames in November:
19/11: The Tivoli, Brisbane (18+)
21/11: UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney (Licensed All Ages)

23/11: 170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)

25/11: HQ, Adelaide (18+)