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TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy Explains How DISTURBED Frontman Ended Up Producing Their New Album

Posted by on March 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm Follow on Twitter | Follow on Instagram

When we broke the news that Trivium were working on their new album with Disturbed frontman David Draiman behind the wheel, some of you were a bit shocked and dismayed. Draiman contains a bit of a negative stigma when it comes to metal fans, but clearly Trivium don't feel the same way. Instead they have a huge respect for Draiman.

In a new interview with Matt Heafy, the Trivium frontman explains how the collaboration came to be.

Speaking to Roadrunner Records, Heafy stated that the collaboration came out of a mutual respect:

When Disturbed did their first tour ever, I was like 16 or 17 years old. It was Danzig headlining, Six Feet Under direct support and Disturbed opening. That was the first time I ever saw Disturbed. Throughout the years…in 2005, we finished our show in Chicago – we were supporting Danzig, we were second out of five for the Danzig/Kataklysm tour, and David Draiman just happened to be at the show. He came up and was like, “Hey, you guys are awesome, I’ve been a fan of you guys for a while,” and we were really blown away that the guy from Disturbed liked our band. So that was it – it was kind of this quick little meeting. But we’d meet every other year or so at a random show, and we’d kind of keep in touch.

Heafy goes on to say when both bands were on Mayhem Fest a few years ago, he gave Draiman a copy of In Waves and that's when Draiman came in with a proposition.

Last date of the tour, he pops in and wants to talk to me, and he tells me that never before has he felt we were ready to make the jump, before now. And when he heard In Waves, he knew that Trivium was ready to make the leap. That he’s always been a big fan, but when he heard the songs and the songwriting power that was In Waves, he wanted to work with us. And he said, If you want to work with me, I would love to work with you. And naturally we were like, Yeah, we’d love to.

Heafy goes on to say this is going to be a huge sounding record, and that Draiman helped the band a lot with songwriting. It's safe to say that the new Trivium material will certainly be more "accessible." Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I guess we'll have to wait a little longer to find out.

Read the entire interview at Roadrunner Records.

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