Bassist Paolo Gregoletto of Floridian metal act Trivium has spoken to his label’s Web site in a new interview, and he says the next album from the band will be more of everything you love about Trivium.
Or in my case, hate.
“After going through making In Waves and touring for a whole year, year and a half, we really had the time to figure out what we wanted to do with the next record,” he explains.
“Even before we’d gotten with [producer and Disturbed and Device frontman] David [Draiman] and started to plan with him, we were trying to get a really concise and clear vision of how we wanted the album to look and how we wanted it to sound, everything,” he says.
“And I think after touring with In Waves and really gelling as a band once again, now with [drummer] Nick [Augusto] in the band, we were having fun writing again. And we wrote on tour — every tour we did for In Waves, we were writing and writing, and the closer we got to finishing the record cycle, we just kept writing more. And then eventually we got David on board with us, and we started sending demos over to him and he kind of gave us some general notes that he’d send for each song, whether he was feeling it, what he liked about a certain song, what could be better, and we kept going back and forth for maybe a month or so.”
He says once the band hit the studio with Draiman, “we really dug into the song structures, vocals, lyrics, everything, and that was definitely intense. Ten 12-hour days of working on the music, writing, something that was — I don’t think we’d ever experienced pre-production that intense before. But it really helped us. We learned a lot from ourselves and from David, being so close together and working that long.”
But Draiman didn’t come in and try to change the band. Which, depending on where you stand, would have been a bad or really bad thing.
Imagine Trivium, all Disturbed-ified? Yuck.
“He really understood what we’ve built as a band over the last seven, eight years, and how important it is to really respect all of that and to keep that stuff that’s made us Trivium and just better it — bigger melodies, bigger hooks, bigger riffs, everything,” he says of David.
“Sonically, he wanted us to make a thicker-sounding album, and he definitely really pushed [mixer] Colin [Richardson] and [engineer] Carl [Bown] to make this our biggest-sounding record. And I think they did an amazing job, to be honest. We’ve worked with Colin for so many records now, and he’s totally outdone himself.”
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