Trivium + Arch Enemy at Marquee Theatre

December 1, 2017
5:00 pm
Tempe, AZ
Trivium + Arch Enemy at Marquee Theatre
Trivium + Arch Enemy at Marquee Theatre

Hailing from central Florida, Trivium formed in 2000 and quickly built a buzz around Orlando’s metal community with their blend of metalcore, thrash, and progressive metal. Having secured a contract with the German Lifeforce imprint, the band issued its debut album, Ember to Inferno, in October 2003 with a lineup that included vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy, drummer Travis Smith, and bassist Brent Young. The debut was well received, and Trivium signed with Roadrunner Records for their next effort. Ascendancy appeared in March 2005, at which point the band’s roster had shifted to include Heafy, Smith, bassist Paolo Gregoletto, and guitarist Corey Beaulieu. The album was reissued in May of the following year with four additional tracks and a bonus DVD. Trivium then visited the U.K. in June for the 2006 Download Festival, followed by multiple European headlining gigs and a stint with America’s traveling metal/hardcore fest Sounds of the Underground. The tour saw them playing alongside other heavy-hitting bands like As I Lay DyingGWARCannibal Corpse, and Terror.

Crusade appeared that fall, featuring a newfound emphasis on singing (previously, vocalist Heafy had relied on screams and throaty growls). Despite the band’s active defense of Heafy’s vocal approach, Trivium received much criticism for their shift in sound; accordingly, they wasted no time in returning to a scream-filled thrash style with 2008’s Shogun. In 2010, Trivium announced drummer Nick Augusto would be replacing the departing Smith. Later that year, the band went into the studio to begin work on its fifth studio album, In Waves, which was released in the summer of 2011 and saw the group bring a bold new approach and maturity to its songwriting. However, feeling that the album’s gestation process had been overlong and that they had produced too much material, they decided to focus on quality rather than quantity in the on-the-road writing sessions for their next record. The band tapped Disturbed‘s David Draiman to produce, and the metal veteran took a real hands-on approach, bringing a newfound sense of melody to Trivium‘s sound. The finished album, entitled Vengeance Falls, was released in October of 2013; it received enthusiastic reviews from critics and charted well in the United States, the U.K., Japan, and Europe.

Trivium underwent yet another personnel change when they parted company with drummer Augusto in May of 2014. He was replaced by drum tech Matt Madiro. Late in the year, Trivium entered the studio with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette and mixing engineer Josh Wilbur to begin work on the band’s seventh album. The title track, “Silence in the Snow,” was issued as a video single in July of 2015, with the album followed on Roadrunner in early October. The album was their first to land on the Active Rock Top Ten and secured them headliner status for the European festivals Summerbreeze and Bloodstock. After the release of the album, Madiro left the band and was succeeded by Paul Wandtke, who lasted less than a year before being replaced by Alex Bent. In late 2016, Trivium partnered with Cooking Vinyl to re-release Ember to Inferno in several variations. The two deluxe editions contained the band’s earliest demos, including “Ruber” (aka the Red Demo), “Caeruleus” (aka the Blue Demo), and “Flavus” (aka the Yellow Demo), all recorded when Heafy was between 16 and 17 years old. Late 2017 saw the release of the band’s eighth studio long-player, The Sin and the Sentence, which was produced by Josh Wilbur and released via Roadrunner.

Formed by ex-CarnageCarcass, and Candlemass guitarist Michael Amott (also of Spiritual Beggars) with his brother Christopher (Armageddon), Arch Enemy took a straight-ahead approach to death metal reminiscent of Entombed or late-period Carcass, blending catchy, classic-style metal riffs with crushing grooves for an intense yet accessible sound. The group’s charter lineup was rounded out by bassist/vocalist Johan Liiva (CarnageFurbowl) and drummer Daniel Erlandsson (Eucharist, session work for In Flames); they released their debut album, Black Earth, in 1996. For their second album, 1998’s StigmataArmageddon bassist Martin Bengtsson took over those duties from vocalist Liiva, while Armageddon drummer Peter Wildoer sat in for Erlandsson. More personnel turnover ensued, as Mercyful Fate reunion bassist Sharlee D’Angelo (also formerly of Witchery and Dismember) joined up for 1999’s Burning Bridges, which also featured the return of ErlandssonWages of Sin from 2001 found Johan Liiva departing and replaced by Angela Gossow.

After touring extensively across Europe and Japan, the band returned to the studio and released Anthems of Rebellion in 2003. The EP Dead Eyes See No Future was released by the end of the year and featured a mix of cover versions and live tracks. The album Doomsday Machine landed in July of 2005 just as guitarist Christopher Amott announced he was leaving the band. Former Tiamat member Fredrik Åkesson replaced him, though the two would switch places again two years later, with Åkesson leaving the band to join Opeth, and Amott taking back his spot on guitar. The band then released its seventh album, Rise of the Tyrant, in 2007. The album would be Arch Enemy‘s most successful to date, and they followed up the release by heading out on tours with Swedish metal giants Opeth and Dark Tranquillity. In 2009, the band looked back to its older material with The Root of All Evil. The album featured tracks from the band’s first three albums that were re-recorded with current singer Angela Gossow. 2011’s Khaos Legions, the band’s eighth studio long player, marked a return to new original material, and proved to be the band’s highest-charting album to date. It would also be the last outing for Gossow and founding guitarist Christopher Amott, both of whom left the band the following year. 2014’s War Eternal saw the additions of ex-Agonist vocalist Alissa White-Gluz and ex-Arsis guitarist Nick Cordle (who left shortly before the band’s European tour and was replaced by former Nevermore axe-slinger Jeff Loomis). In 2017, the band released the concert LP/video As the Stages Burn, which captured their 2016 performance at Wacken Open Air in its entirety, along with a 2015 performance in Tokyo. 2017 saw the band drop their tenth studio long-player, Will to Power, which marked the first Arch Enemy release to feature clean vocals.

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