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Matt Heafy & Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)

Interview with Matt Heafy & Corey Beaulieu from Trivium
by Paul at 27 February 2006, 12:10 PM

About 4 months ago I hooked up with Matt Heafy (lead vocals & guitar) and Corey Beaulieu (guitar & vocals) from the band Trivuim, as they rolled through Toronto in support of their latest release, review.asp?id=875. Here's what Matt and Corey had to talk about.

Your latest album, Ascendancy, was released about 8 months ago, how much have your lives changed since the release?

Corey: Well we went from not anyone knowing about us to a lot of people knowing about us because we had a record out that people could get, touring and everything had been getting a lot better as far as being taken care of. Things like that. Also the shows have been getting better with a lot more people getting into the band so it’s a lot more fun.

What sort of a respone did you get when you were out on the road with It Dies Today in the UK, and how did it compare to the shows with Arch Enemy in Japan?

Corey: Well, the shows we did with It Dies Today were our headlining tour so they were opening for us. All the shows in the UK were amazing for us!

Matt: We had 20 sold out dates in large venues and everyone knew who we were and they were there for us. That was awesome!

I hear some of the shows in the UK are almost sold out for next year \[2006]?

Matt: Yeah they are like 50 percent sold out and the shows are 4 months away so I guess they will get sold out.

Is there anywhere in the world you would like to play?

Matt: Everywhere!

Corey: Australia. Everywhere, man! Russia if we could.

Matt: Europe, there are places in Eastern Europe we would love to play. Czech Replublic would be cool.

Corey: Everywhere that Manowar goes! (Laughs)

You have been together as a band for 5 years now. Did you ever see yourselves ever getting this far?

Matt: Well, that’s what we always wanted. I mean, it was just a matter of when not a matter of if, we always had our hearts and brains on exactly what we wanted. I mean we still want to be the biggest band in the world and we are ready to work for that, and we are prepared to take it higher and higher.

So if everything came to a sudden halt, what would be the highlights of your musical career so far? And what’s been the best experience up until now?

Corey: Definatly playing in the UK. That’s always been a highlight, it has always been an awesome place for us. The Download Festival was awesome.

Matt: Starting out has been awesome for us. We have been lucky to have had the opportunity to tour with bands we looked up to and listened to back when we were younger. We got to meet a lot of cool people and do a lot of great shows.

you have done quite a bit of touring latley. What do you miss most about being home, if anything?

Corey: A shower and that big bed, my girlfriend and my mom’s cooking.

What are your most essential things to take on tour?

Corey: Clothes, DVDs, video games…

Matt: My Blackberry. It is the most essential thing. I access my email and the internet.

It states on your website that you’re heading back into the studio for some pre-production in January then heading back to the UK in March. How well received have you been there as it’s a tough market to crack?

Corey: Actually the first time we went there it was amazing. Then we did some festivals, then we came back a short time later and just exploded there.

Matt: Yeah, it is really amazing there. It’s the best market we have right now and we look forward to going back all the time.

Corey: It just gets bigger and bigger over there and everytime we go back it just seems to get bigger and better.

I recently saw you play at the Metal Hammer awards. You looked like you were really into it. Did you come away with any good experiances from that?

Corey: The Metal Hammer Awards was a good experiance. It was good to see the difference with different awards. It was cool to play there.

Matt: The Kerrang Awards was another we got to play at. That was way different.

Such as?

Matt: Well, the production was a lot bigger. There was much more of a drinking thing going on at the Kerrang Awards.

Did you meet anyone famous there?

Matt: We met Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters). Grohl came up to me and said he just got our album and he loves it. Yeah, that was really amazing!

Corey: Oh yeah, we got to meet Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden). That was pretty amazing!

What was he like?

Matt: Very nice really, a really nice guy.

Who would you say were your biggest influences?

Matt: Mettalica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Testament, Pantera.

Corey: I like the old school 80’s. The bands that started it all!

Any words for the Metal Temple readers?

Matt: Get the fuck to a Trivium show, bitch!

Corey: If you haven’t heard us, check out our website ( We will be back around in Febuary so you have a few times to catch us and if not just go on the internet and look for something. (Laughs)


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