Trivium’s Matt Heafy leaves current tour, Howard Jones and Jared Dines to replace him

Thanks to Ghost Cult Magazine, we’ve learned that Trivium vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy is leaving the band’s current headlining tour to be with his pregnant wife – who could give birth to twins at any moment. Thankfully the tour wasn’t cancelled, though – guitarist and Youtuber Jared Dines and Light The Torch frontman Howard Jones will be filling the void for the foreseeable future. A return to the tour hasn’t been ruled out, but needless to say fans attending the rest of the shows will be treated to a unique experience.

Speaking of which, you can watch Howard and Jared join Trivium on stage to perform “In Waves”, for a taste of what Trivium might look like without Matt Heafy.

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Interview: Trivium’s Corey Beaulieu chats about the 10th anniversary of “Shogun”, Tampa death metal

Trivium kicked off their 2018 fall headlining tour in style last night in Tampa, as the metal band is riding high on the success of a new record. The Sin And The Sentence, released just last year, is still fresh in the minds of listeners, and for good reason. It’s an important evolutionary stepping stone in the band’s discography, combining more accessible songwriting pizzazz with the ferocity you’d expect from a band that released their debut record 15 years ago. If it wasn’t clear that Trivium hasn’t lost a step, you need only have seen the crowd in Tampa.

Even better, we were able to dive into the mind of Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu, where were discussed everything from a mutual love of Tampa death metal (fitting, since the Ritz Ybor is very close to the legendary Morrisound Studios) to whether the band will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Shogun in any particular way (they will, sort of). Check out the full audio below, and thanks as always for tuning in.

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Watch Trivium celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Shogun”, perform “He Who Spawned The Furies” live for the first time

While you likely won’t ever see Trivium on an anniversary tour celebration, the popular metal band often celebrates its revered past work in style – whether it’s limited-time merch, old posters, or something else. Of course, given that their past two records have gained the band a large fanbase often plays into that, but it’s the fact that Trivium doesn’t get caught up in the past that makes them a special band.

Kicking off their headlining The Sin And The Sentence World Tour just last night in Tampa, we were lucky enough to witness the band playing a song from Shogun that had never been performed live before – namely a deeper cut in the form of “He Who Spawned The Furies”, one of the best songs off that record. For anyone lucky enough to witness this moment, it appears the band will be playing the song for the entire tour, but there’s nothing quite like your first time, right?

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