Trivium members Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu spoke to Total Guitar and reflected on the band’s latest album, ‘In the Court of the Dragon.’ Heafy stated that using ‘organic improvisation’ took the album to another level.
As you may recall, Trivium released their tenth studio album, ‘In the Court of the Dragon,’ on October 8, 2021. They had started to work on it during the quarantine period of the pandemic and before the album, they released three singles from it. It generally received positive reviews and some even named it as the band’s best album so far.
The new album stands out with its experimental and creative sounds. Trivium had planned an extensive European tour to promote the album but they recently postponed it to 2023 due to the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic. They didn’t know the travel restrictions would be in the upcoming days so they decided that pushing back the tour was a better option under these conditions.
During the conversation with Total Guitar, Matt Heafy revealed that this new album was more collaborative than their previous albums. He stated that they didn’t have any limitations during the creation process and they embraced it like it’s their first recording.
Heafy also expressed that they didn’t try anything new to attract more listeners. Later on, he talked about the effect of improvisation on the album and said that they are all very good and dedicated instrumentalists so when they started improvising, they had great results.
Here is how Matt Heafy talked about the new album:
“We wanted to capture lightning in the bottle rather than plan too much. There were no constraints, limitations, or boundaries. We went back to the mindset of four people putting together their first band and making their first batch of songs. But it’s not nostalgia. All that mattered, selfishly, was, ‘Do we love it?’
Trying new things for genuine reasons is fine, but trying to grab some other fanbase doesn’t work. We call it the fictitious boardroom fans – ‘we need these people into our band!’ – like it’s a shareholder or something. That’s when things fall apart and come off the rails.
You know, when I hear the phrase ‘organic improvisation,’ I picture jam rock riffs, raw recordings, Orange amps, and single-coil pickups. But when you have four religious practitioners of their instruments – who are also four students of all the sub-genres of metal – walk in and improvise after they’ve been staying on peak training form, you get the results of this record.”
The two Trivium members also stated during the interview that they had a very detailed and layered effort on the album. Corey Beaulieu stated that the album was made in a different way because he wrote all the solos at home by himself so it had a different effect on the album.