Making Waves with Matt Heafy of Trivium
Recently, I got a chance to sit down with one of my favorite rock frontmen, Matt Heafy, at the legendary Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA (my hometown, I might add). Heafy is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Trivium. Trivium is with Roadrunner Records and is one of the biggest bands in the world right now. Their new album, In Waves, debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Chart. In Waves is the evolution of heavy. It’s a well-rounded record that finds the band showing all their strong points; mixing violent riffs and beautiful melodies. In my opinion, it may be Trivium’s best outing, and its definitely some of Heafy’s best vocal work (not to mention he’s a monster guitar player as well). The title track, “In Waves”, is absolutely brutal and sets a new standard for heavy metal as we head into the second decade of the new millennium. The music video for the song is visually epic, and Matt and I chatted about the concept of the video in the interview.
Trivium is currently on tour with Dream Theater, and this show at Croc Rock was the band’s only headlining show of the tour. The band took full advantage and played a blistering 1 hour and a half set. They played all the hits and pulled out some songs from the archives (way deep in the archives, as you’ll find out in the interview…). Heafywas a force as always, and he even came out into the crowd for 1 song! Now, that’s metal! Matt is a rad dude and it was awesome getting a chance to sit down with him. Next time I catch up with him, i’ll have to ask him to teach me how to scream “IN WAVESSSSS” like he does! (check out the music video, and you’ll know what I mean…if you think you can handle it) CRANK IT UP!