Trivium Offer Track-By-Track Breakdown of New Album, 'In Waves'

Trivium's Matt Heafy recently spoke with about the band's new album, In Waves. Heafy gave a track-by-track breakdown of the album. You can read the full thing here and check out an excerpt below.

"Capsizing The Sea"
This track was built off the bridge guitar riff of the middle of "In Waves." One day, [bassist] Paolo [Gregoletto] mentioned that I should record that bridge section, on a clean tone, onto a new blank track. At first, I didn't understand the purpose. But eventually, after layering some of the bridge parts, we added the chorus riff of "In Waves" on top.

The next thing that occurred was us layering tons of different guitars with different tones and tunings, all [of which were] playing the theme of the song. The "war drums" were [created by using] drum sticks wrapped in napkins and duct tape beating down on flipped-over kick drums and toms. The snare and stick-click percussion was laid on top—[and] finally, the distorted, out-of-tune, real piano [was added] on top.

"In Waves"
This song's initial demo form was brought up to us by Paolo. By this point, we had tracks like "Built" and "Inception,” but nothing like "In Waves." This song was the turning point for the album. From that original demo and the many variations to come, we were able to branch off and create what eventually became the song. This was intentionally displayed worldwide first to show people they were getting something unexpected.

In Waves is out tomorrow, August 9 via Roadrunner Records. To find out how to win one of ten signed copies of In Waves, click here!

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.