What a year Trivium have had! By 2017, a lot of fans had
written the band off entirely after Vengeance
Falls and Silence in the Snow – consecutive
albums that saw the band eschew their metalcore roots in favour of clean-cut arena
rock. Then, that October, the quartet wowed with The Sin and the Sentence, which resurrected and improved upon the Trivium
of old with its raging heaviness, skilled musicianship and varying dynamics.
The subsequent tour to promote this almighty comeback hit
British shores in April 2018. Their support acts were three of the best
up-and-comers that modern heavy metal has to offer: Code Orange, Power Trip and
Venom Prison. Together, the openers made for such a brutal trio that the London
show had to be stopped three times due to pit-related tomfoolery. It was such
an awe-inspiring display that many presumed Trivium would be upstaged by their
But no. If anything, the presence of such young and hungry
performers upped Trivium’s game as well, imbuing them with enough grace and
energy to complement their powerful set-list.
Evidently, the key to a great live show isn’t hard. You just
need to make great music and pay attention to your own genre’s underground.