- Trivium have become the thrash metal band for the new generation. For the majority of younger kids these days getting into metal, Trivium would be the best place to start. Lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu spills the beans on what it was like being a guitarist during Nu Metal's popularity, what gear he's using and how the new album is shaping up.

Corey Beaulieu from Trivium >Upon listening to your new album "The Crusade", the thing that struck me straight away was that you guys completely understand thrash metal. There's so many bands out there that try to do a hundred different styles and put it all together, but this is just straight thrash and it's perfect. Did you purposely go for that genre or sound?

Um no, even the other albums are pretty thrashed out, every time we go to do an album we don't have any set thing, we just go writing songs and those are the songs we wrote at the time. We don't really go "Oh we gotta make the album sound like this". We just start writing riffs, and if we like it, we use it. It's just what popped out at the time.

>So you just came from Perth, and Japan just before that, how did the two concerts compare?

Japan's great, we love going to Japan. The music fans over there are really into the music, you know we had tons of people waiting for us at the hotel and at the train station! They're really respectful and really appreciate it when you come over and the shows are great. If they like your band they really like your band and they show you a really warm welcome.

We've just come from Perth and Adelaide, and so far every show has been a killer, it's been a great run over here.

>When I listen to a few segments on "The Crusade" I can hear a bit of a power metal influence (e.g., Dragonforce, Rhapsody), has that been an influence?

Well, most things are derived more from an earlier Maiden or Priest type classic straight up heavy metal, and maybe played a lot faster because we end up playing everything a lot faster. When we write we don't really think of any bands or listen stuff to influence us, it just comes out. Maybe the power metal stuff might come more from.. Matt and Travis and all of us are really big fans of Dream Theater so we get more of that technical/prog from listening to them.

>Well, you've got the instrumental track at the end, how did that come about?

Matt was writing a song and then when we went into the studio we were putting the song together, arranging it and our first intention wasn't to do an instrumental track. But just the way the song was and just the way it flowed, it just didn't really call for lyrics. There wasn't really what you'd call a chorus, so we just said screw it, let's leave it as an instrumental song. So then when we tracked it we thought it was really cool, and it was the first time we'd done a song as an instrumental. We'd done instrumental sections, but not really an entire song that we'd performed, so it was something new.

>And why does it fade out? I wanted to hear more!

Seemed like a good way to end the album so we stuck with it.

>Can you tell me what gear you're using on this tour?

Matt and I both play Dean guitars, and I brought those from home, and Matt and I play Peavey amps. In Japan we had the original 5150's, and then here we have the 6505+. They're the new ones like the 5152. But I prefer the 5150, I think it sounds better . We've been playing Peavey's for a couple of months now, we played them a long time ago, tried a bunch of other crap out and then went back to Peavey.

Effects, all the time I have a... all the time I have a XR, I always forget the name it's like an OT or OD green distortion pedal , I guess their tube screamer / overdrive equivalent. An MXR smartgate and then for lead stuff I have a Boss delay pedal, an MXR Eddie Van Halen phase 90 pedal, and then I have a wah, I don't really use it for anything, I just have it. I might use it on older songs, just add it in for parts, not really for leads, but just to spice up a riff I'll use it here and then. Then for a big outro solo at the end of a song I like messing around on the wah. I don't really use it a lot like wah-wah all the time, because when you have the pedal in a certain range it makes it really cutting and gives it a really cool sound. Kind of like the phase pedal it has like an auto-wah thing that changes the frequency and gives it more of a lead type cutting sound. I just use them sparingly, some solo's I don't use anything, sometimes I'll step on the delay, but I don't really hear anything because everything's so loud. Only when everybody stops I can hear it going (laughs). It should sound good in the crowd but I can't really hear it going because everything is so damn loud. That's pretty much it. I don't use too much.

Matt uses a distortion pedal and the head. He doesn't have any effects , he'd forget to turn it off or trip over it or something. He just keeps it minimal.

>Which guitarists inspired you when you started off?

First band that I got into was Guns n Roses, so that got me into the Hard Rock stuff. I'd always air guitar to albums and all that.. then once I'd heard Metallica - I heard about Metallica just from hearing about Guns n Roses, I just looked up their history and saw the name Metallica, or maybe saw them wearing a Metallica shirt. Then a friend leant me a CD and that's when I really wanted to start playing guitar. And then due to the ripple effect from hearing about Metallica I heard about Megadeth and Slayer and kept learning about new bands, and took it from there.

Then once I'd heard Slayer for the first time I geeked out on Slayer forever, learning all of their songs. And then there was Maiden and stuff like that. I'd always find a new band that I'd get really into and learn as many of their songs as possible, you know like Death and Iced Earth who I really geeked out on because of all the triplets! Just a ton of different bands, Malmsteen and all that stuff. I listened to a whole lot of stuff and tried to learn different things from different guitarists and players. It's not like one guy.. you know or I'd end up being a Malmsteen clone.

>So you're 23, I'm 27, we'd be in the same situation where a lot of these guys where Iron Maiden and Malmsteen appeared in the past, and we'd have to go back and listen to all of this stuff. Whereas some of the older guys grew up with that stuff.

Yeah when I was younger at that age when you're really getting into music or finding out what you like, all of the stuff that was coming out, like all the Nu Metal and whatever was on TV I never got into it. I had to go out and find my own music. I'd always go online and search around the internet trying to hear something or look at the "if you bought this record you'd like this..." .

>Are there any particular guitarists that really impress you now?

Well there's lots of really great bands that are out there now, Machine Head are some great players, the guys in Arch Enemy are phenomenal, and then you have Dragonforce, those guys are nuts. The whole learning how to play guitar again has come back in Metal and people now actually have some skills. There's a lot of good guitarists out there that are doing cool things that everyone couldn't do before because no-one learned how to play. And then you've always got the pioneers still kicking around, Maiden and Metallica and those guys are still kicking strong, so you've got a lot of stuff for the younger generation of kids who are getting into music now, they definitely have a lot more good guitarists to look up to instead of... having shit. (laughs)

>So the big question that everyone wants an answer for, what's the new album going to sound like?

It's kind of too early to tell, we just started working on it a few weeks ago. Over the last year or so we always just kind of write when inspiration hits or if you feel like working on it you write a riff and get inspired to write something, so we always have riffs floating around. So we've just starting getting a head start by writing riffs and emailing demos to each other, listening to them on the bus.

So we're kind of doing pre-production I guess just by hearing stuff and getting an idea of what we like, then we pick ten songs that were the most together before we actually start working on them. Thing will change, whatever, but stuff's still really heavy, I think that musically without even the lyrics or the vocals it's catchier. There's a lot more guitar harmony parts and double guitar parts. On "the crusade" a lot of the stuff was more minimal riffs, I guess, and with the vocals there's more going on.

But we're doing a lot more guitar melodies and stuff like that, so we're really stoked, really digging what we've done so far, so it's going to be really cool to just have a lot of the time to just mess around with it and fine tune it. Their rough drafts right now, but they sound really good for just the little amount of time we've been working on it. It's gonna be really cool to see what comes out.

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