Orlando, Florida's TRIVIUM have announced the addition of bassist/vocalist Paolo Gregoletto (ex-METAL MILITIA) to the group's ranks. "Paolo not only brings his musical talents and skills to TRIVIUM, he brings a determined, can-do attitude and a positive energy that fits extremely well with who we are, what we are about and what we like to do," the band write on their web site.
Paolo had this to say about becoming a member of TRIVIUM: "I was recording material for my project with Jason (Audio Hammer Studios) back in June and Matt, Travis and Cory dropped by to listen in and hang out. A few days later we all got together to jam and from the first song we played together I knew there was a musical chemistry between us.
"I was asked to fill in on bass and back-up vocals for the RoadRage Tour in August and it was an incredible experience. I am extremely excited to be joining TRIVIUM — we had a great time recording 'Ascendancy' together and I can't wait till we hit the road again."
Stated guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy: "Paolo G... where do I start? Well for starters he obviously can play bass like a bad-ass — so what separates him from the numerous other bassists in the scene? Aside from rocking out pentatonic blues shred runs on 'A Gunshot to the Head Trepidation' (one of our new songs that will be on our new album 'Ascendancy') to tearing into lightning speed thrash riffs on 'Declaration' (another new tune), Paolo can: play guitar, sing (which he is doing live all the time with us now) and scream a quite menacing scream (also featured live). I think we're finally complete."
Added guitarist Corey Beaulieu: "Paolo definitely has what we have been looking for — great player, singer and just a really cool dude... now our lineup is complete and better then ever."
Drummer Travis Smith summed it up this way: "Paolo brings a lot to the band — he is a very good addition and a bad-ass bass player."
Regarding the band's upcoming album, "Ascendancy", the band wrote: "[The CD] is almost complete and will be turned over to Roadrunner within the next two weeks. All we can say is the recording process (from pre-production thru final master) worked really well for us and went very smoothly. [Producer] Jason [Suecof] and [mixer] Andy [Sneap] have been great to work with and we thank them for all of their efforts, as always we learned a lot. We had more time to record than ever before — even in between two tours and three massive hurricanes, two of which blew Jason's (Audio Hammer Studios) power out for more than a week at a time.
"When we did our self-titled TRIVIUM Demo EP in 2003 and turned around six months later and did 'Ember To Inferno' (2003) we never had more than 2 weeks to do everything and we mean everything — from laying down the tracks to mixing to mastering to producing the finished CDs."
Check out demo versions of the new TRIVIUM tracks "Like Light to the Flies", "If I Could Collapse the..." , "Fugue" and "Pillars of Serpents" at MySpace.com.