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Trivium come out singing

After the curious, David Draiman-led experiment of Vengeance Falls, Trivium have stripped back their music and looked to their heroes...

The confetti from Sabaton’s tanks settles underfoot, the sun drops, and four men from Florida stride onto Bloodstock’s main stage to take up their position as Friday’s closing band.

As they start up their new album’s title track, Silence In The Snow, the eyes of two ominous skulls flash behind them, CO2 cannons erupt, and they posture triumphantly.

Not only did Bloodstock mark the debut of Trivium’s new sound, it was also their UK festival headlining debut, at an event committed to the metal community. But the appearance had added importance for the four guys onstage – they were playing on the Ronnie James Dio Stage, named in tribute to one of the most legendary figures in the metal pantheon, and their hero. Having played alongside the man himself (in supergroup Heaven & Hell) back in 2007, Trivium had drawn on his influence to create their new classically slanted heavy metal thunder.

“That was a game-changer,” begins frontman Matt Heafy, reflecting on their experiences with Dio. “He was one of the greatest singers I’ve heard in my entire life and, talking to him afterwards, he was so welcoming and kind, making us feel like longtime friends. It inspired each of us immensely, and immediately after that show I started writing Silence In The Snow. But we weren’t ready for a song of its magnitude – and its magnitude was through its simplicity – so we put it away. When we started writing this album, Paolo [Gregoletto, bassist] was like, ‘Let’s bring this song back.’ So we started writing the music around it and seeing what fit. We wanted to learn from the source and the heroes of our heroes – you know, who were bands like In Flames, Slayer and Metallica listening to?”

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