Author, Photographer - Anthony Cannella
[10.21.18] As Light The Torch and Avatar wrapped up their sets at the sold-out House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois it was time for the mighty Trivium to take the stage. For part one of this editorial visit the link here; continue below to part two.
Trivium | Concert Review | 10.21.18 | House Of Blues | Chicago, IL
Wasting no time, Trivium went straight into their heavy material, which implanted in the crowd’s head that we were in for an amazing set. Rockstar’s Matthew Heafy (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Corey Beaulieu (Backing Vocals, Guitar), Alex Bent (Drums), Paolo Gregoletto (Bass), and appearance by Jared Dines (Guitar) were honestly a site to see together as they rocked Chicago with their talent that goes unmatched.
Trivium gave Chicago a little bit of everything from their new material all the way through their productions from the beginning. Lead Vocalist, Matt Heafy, recognizably sounded unflawed, which was amazing to see due to his vocal injury he endured not too long ago. With this tour having an insane amount of experienced musicians and vocalists, it was awesome to see Trivium close out the show with Lead Vocalist, Howard Jones, joining them on stage giving the perfect
ending to an unforgettable night.
Before Trivium took the stage though and crushed it at the House Of Blues Chicago, we had the honor of meeting and interviewing guitarist Corey Beaulieu! Check out below to see what Corey had to say!
HeadRushTv - You guys are kind of in the final stretch of this tour with Avatar and Light The Torch! How has this tour been so far with these bands and as a whole?
Corey Beaulieu – Its been pretty awesome. It’s been a really cool lineup and all these shows on this tour, it’s our first time in a couple years we have done a U.S. headlining tour. Our previous tour was with Arch Enemy and we were co-headlining. So this tour, all the cities its nice coming back to cause we played at them a year ago, but there are some cities we haven’t played in a while so its cool to see people and be at the different festivals like Rock On The Range and Carolina Rebellion. Its been really great and I’m sure tonight (Chicago) will be another crazy one. Chicago has always been one of our best cities in America cause last couple of times we have been here it sold out very quickly. Chicago definitely kills it.
HeadRushTv - It is well known that you guys are constantly rocking out and busy with your tour going on and performing at festivals! How do you guys do it?! And what is the transition like from performing on tour and then being in the lineup at a festival?
Corey Beaulieu – We have really good management that knows what they are doing and all the people on our team are long term thinkers and know how to grow and develop more and what we need to do and who we need to get in front of. So its like getting out and doing our own headlining tour and then doing festivals cause you’re always in this process of trying to get in front of new people to grow your fan-base.
Then there’s like every time we play a festival somewhere whether it be in Europe or somewhere else, there’s always a new generation of music fans that are going like Download Festival or Rock On The Range for the first time and seeing bands they don’t know so you’re always trying to get to those new people and more people at those festivals cause we have done them three or four times now and its finally like we’ve been there enough times so its cool seeing our strategy really paying off that we started a couple years ago.
It was amazing seeing more people coming in at the festivals slowly over time. We could honestly say the past five years have been a growth process with getting our name from not just being a Metal band, but a Metal band that can cross over into the Rock oriented stuff. Hopefully we could open people’s ears and eyes and introduce them to this amazing music that doesn’t get played on the active Rock radio. We really wanted to make more metalheads out of the rockers and truly be that transition band.
HeadRushTv - So as of yesterday, its officially the one-year anniversary of the album The Sin and The Sentence. What was the making of that album like and what truly inspired the process of that album?
Corey Beaulieu – We kind of just knew after the past couple of records we dabbled into something and we went towards a sound/record being geared toward a different direction. We were talking while on tour and we wanted things to be done darker, hookier, angrier, and bring back more of the aggression that the early records had, but keep the melodic approach that we developed on the previous two albums. So its basically just us doing what we wanted to play, like we wanted to play heavier shit, so we did and then also more flash and intricate stuff. In the end it was us doing what we felt was the best direction we needed to go in and also the direction that we felt inspired to do and write cause the previous record had no screaming due to Matt Heafy’s voice injury so we had to develop a record to make sense with all vocals so it wasn’t that intense as the new album is.
We kind of just got rid of everybody like the producer. We were writing songs to block everything out, so it was just the four of us making a really fun record cause that’s basically all the records that fans hold as their favorite, where all of us are just playing what we enjoy. We basically weren’t back to that mentality and there were a lot of people trying to tell us what to do and we said no, and it worked out cause we rode out our gut feeling on every decision. Its crazy how it shows at the venues cause songs off the new album when we play them go harder and crazier than our old stuff that as been out longer. Its very cool to see these fans and their responses. Especially the ones coming back to see us and the new fans that bring the energy and have a good time.
HeadRushTv - For the album The Sin and The Sentence, you guys went back to your deep and heavy sound which fits you guys so well! While on tour what are your favorite songs to perform off the album and why?
Corey Beaulieu - Honestly all of the are fun to play. I think they’re really fun to play live cause we rehearsed them that exact way. A lot of times, you write songs and then kind of start doing he final touches on vocals in the studio, but this time we really wanted to make sure everything was done before we started recording. So we played everything and did all the vocals, made sure they made sense with he guitar parts so everything we play live is just very comfortable and easy to play. It feels like we have been playing it for ten years instead of one year. But all of them are cool cause "Beyond Oblivion" and The Sin and The Sentence are really fun. Also, "Heart From The Hate" is really fun cause its very crowd singalong. "Sever The Hand" is really fun cause the whole middle section of the crowd goes crazy, so yeah we try to have a balance of songs from the record and feel out the ones that the fans rock out to live so its been fun. A lot of those songs we haven’t played in America until this tour, so its cool to mix it up.
HeadRushTv - So speaking of songs off the album, you guys just released a music video a couple weeks ago for the song "The Wretchedness Inside" which we all viewed! How was the filming for that video like and where was it filmed at?
Corey Beaulieu – We were actually in Germany headlining a festival and we had a guy taping. It was last minute cause we were flying over to do this festival and we were doing rehearsals and we were like well lets have this guy come out and film some stuff so we got some footage and it was such an easy way to do a video cause he was going to record the show anyways. We already had all this stuff as well to make a really cool visual music video that we didn’t really need to put much time into. We also knew ahead of time so that’s why there are certain shots that we got along with shots of the actual show.
HeadRushTv - Getting a bit off topic here and a bit on the personal side, as an amazing artist and musician like yourself who inspired you to get to this level and point you’re at in your career?
Corey Beaulieu – My gateway into music was Guns N Roses so Slash was obviously my first guitar hero that got me into guitar and then Metallica. They were the first couple of bands that I started playing that were the big ones. Also, like Megadeth, Slayer, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden and then a whole slew of Testament and guitar players like George Lynch so those were some of my favorite bands and guitarists still to this day. My favorites are the ones that helped me discover the whole process of playing and learning guitar and what I like to hear. So yeah it’s the ones you grow up listening to that helps you form into the musician you want to be.
HeadRushTv - So on an ending point, for all the local bands out there or beginning artists or bands that are still playing in their garages or homes, as a successful artist what is the best advice you could give to those people that are going to be reading this?
Corey Beaulieu – Well practice is obviously a big part of it. But also just trying to find your own kind of uniqueness and sound. There are a million bands out there now a days and there are a million bands that could record themselves in their home and stream and do the online stuff like put your album up. To get the recognition and to get signed or to be picked up by a label, you have to have something that is going to stand out and has a unique sound. You need to find what it is about your song writing and creativity that’s going to make you stand out from the hundred bands that are all trying to sound the same. So you have to stand out and have something that’s going to perk people’s ears. Use your favorite bands as inspiration, but try no to copy them or follow it too hard. I call it 'Frankenstein-ing' ideas cause I might get an idea for a solo or like I’m writing something where I know exactly where it came from, but you manipulate it and put your own creativity on it that someone else who hears goes, “Wow, that’s a cool riff” and they don’t even know it was from another bands song. Get the inspiration, but then find a way to mess with it and change it while adding to it. That inspiration then turns to originality, so yeah some bands can instantly find the chemistry and find what’s really unique about them and with some bands it takes trial and error. Just have a vision of what you want your band to be and just keep working until you got your sound.
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