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Trivium: Rise Of An Empire

Ten years ago this month, Trivium unleashed the album that not only cemented them as one of metal’s hottest properties, but signalled the start of a new era for heavy music...

There’s a framed picture on the wall of Matt Heafy’s bedroom: a copy of Trivium’s first ever magazine cover, from the summer of 2005. Trivium’s then 19-year-old frontman is photographed holding a burning Flying V guitar, but it’s the words printed above those flames that truly draw the eye. In bold yellow type they read ‘Sabbath... Maiden... Metallica... Trivium: The Hottest Metal Band of the Century.’ Such was the excitement, hype and heat generated by the release of the Florida band’s much-loved Ascendancy album in March 2005.

Ten years on, the memories of that period still cause Matt to smile. They were, he recalls, “exciting, dizzying times”, when – alongside fellow young guns Bullet For My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold – his band were tipped as trailblazers at the vanguard of a new wave of heavy metal.

“When I was 12 or 13 someone asked me about my goals in life and I said, ‘I want to play in a big metal band’,” he recalls. “That was all I thought about then. And when Ascendancy came out it was like, ‘Oh shit, this might actually happen!’ Day after day, it felt like our dreams were coming true.”

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