One might not expect the Florida-based Trivium to have a sophomoreâ€™s polish on a freshman album, yet the release of Ember to Inferno on the German label Lifeforce, followed by a nearly instantaneous pickup by Roadrunner proves that a hard-working young band with the right attitude can go far quickly in todayâ€™s bustling metal market. Listening to the deep voice of eighteen-year-old Matt Heafy, there is a remarkably veteran tone to it. Pitriff caught up with the singer/guitarist in the middle of the Road Rage tour with Machine Head and Chimaira. What follows is perhaps wisdom beyond someone of Heafyâ€™s years.
PITRIFF - Hey, Matt, how are you doing, brother?
MH - Pretty good, how are you?
PITRIFF - Cool. I originally met you at the Recher Theatre in Baltimore when you opened for Iced Earth. Maybe you remember?
MH - Yeah, I do remember that now.
PITRFF: That was a wicked show, man.
MH - Thank you very much.
PITRIFF - So how was that tour for you, getting to play with Iced Earth?
MH - That tour was unbelievable. I couldnâ€™t believe we were on tour with them. (laughs) I canâ€™t believe the tours weâ€™ve been on so far; weâ€™ve played with some unbelievable bands. Itâ€™s just mind-boggling to be playing with these guys, especially right now with Machine Head and Chimaira.
PITRIFF - Right. Well, even with Iced Earth, you had a chance to play to a diverse audience. I mean, you had the old fans and the new fans. To me, it kind of defines your sound, because you have a good element of both the classic and the current styles of metal going on.
MH - Yeah, we definitely were able to play for some of the people who wouldnâ€™t normally hear us, and both tours nobody knew who we were, so yeah, it was great. I mean, people totally dug it on the Iced Earth tour, which was really cool.
PITRIFF - Yeah, I was completely charged off your set; the energy man, it was really cool. So with Chimaira and Machine Head, youâ€™ve had quite an adventure dodging hurricanes and tornadoes in your travels, right?
MH - Holy shit, itâ€™s like that for every tour, yeah. I mean, that tornado and stuff, all that stuff was happening when were in Atlanta, totally blew through Atlanta, and then my hometown (in Florida) was about to get destroyed by a tornado.