TRIVIUM guitarist Corey Beaulieu has posted the following message on the band’s official web site:
“We are a good portion into our first North American headlining tour for ‘The Crusade’ and so far its been going great! Thanks to all who have come out and showed their support! We have had a lot of amazing shows! Philly, Chicago, Orlando, Colorado, Toronto, Montreal — ALL of the shows have been so great I can’t believe it!
“Thanks to all who bought our new record ‘The Crusade’ and have come out to the shows singing and getting into the new tunes live. It’s great to see how many people know all the words so fast! The only hiccup on the tour so far was breaking down on the highway in the middle of nowhere on the way to our show in Minnesota. We couldn’t get there in time due to the bus issues so we would like to apologize to everyone who was coming out and looking forward to the show. We really wanted to be there to play but things outside our control prevented us from making it! Playing the show would of been a million times better then sitting on the highway for 18 hours! We will come back and rock the shit out of Minnesota as soon as we possibly can! So sit tight — we will be back!
“Looking forward to seeing everyone at the future shows and THANKS for the support!”
TRIVIUM’s new effort, “The Crusade”, sold over 31,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to land position No. 25 of The Billboard 200 chart.
Lucas Aykroyd of Straight.com reports:
According to naysayers, TRIVIUM is to METALLICA what GOOD CHARLOTTE is to the SEX PISTOLS. The Orlando-based thrash-metal quartet has faced its share of criticism since forming in 2000, despite high-profile gigs at Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground, and Britain’s Download Festival. Perhaps there’s some envy due to its youth: the senior member, at age 24, is drummer Travis Smith.
“If we were acting like a bunch of 16-year-olds, I could understand it,” says vocalist-guitarist Matt Heafy, reached aboard his tour bus in snowy Buffalo. “But we’ve got our shit together live and as people. Age is such a trivial thing.”
The outspoken 20-year-old frontman also claims TRIVIUM should never have been accused of pandering to metalcore teenyboppers: “Metalcore is a combination of metal and hardcore, and we’ve never been into hardcore. We don’t draw any influence from that scene. Even our second record, ‘Ascendancy’, was a metal record. Sure, it had screaming and heavy/soft parts. But only a small number of people would consider it metalcore.”