TRIVIUM Frontman On U.S. Presidential Election: 'Never Before Has The Country Been This Divided

Dennis Rowehl of magazine conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM prior to the band's October 28 concert in Cologne, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked about the upcoming U.S. presidential election, Heafy said, "The trick with America is that it's completely divided. It's so right and so left and there's nothing in the middle ground. So never before has the country been this divided. And it's really upsetting, the fact that people don't really look into either side. People don't really look into what a president truly is 100 percent about; they just look at what the [party affiliation] is. They're like, 'Oh, I'm a Republican, so I'm only gonna vote Republican.' Or, 'I'm a Democrat, so I'm only gonna vote Democrat.' Sometimes the person you're voting for is the person maybe that won't represent you as well or that goes against your belief just out of some kind of underlying need to call yourself something. America is just so obsessed with that. We've got… Look at the airline [industry]. We've got First Class, Premier Business, Business this, Economy Plus, Economy… all these different subsections of class systems that we have, and I feel like it's the same thing with politics. A lot of people in the States rip on Obama for 'You haven't done enough,' but how do you clean up eight years of what just happened in half the amount of time. So it's a really difficult thing for the country. And our fans are divided; it's amazing that they are. I sent in my absentee ballot vote, and I just always hope for the better. It just sucks how divided the U.S. is right now. If we didn't have the Democrat and Republican system and people can just say, 'This is what I'm gonna do for the country. These are my beliefs. Vote for me or not,' I think it would work out a lot better versus people having to cling to the 'Well, I only vote in my party, regardless of what the person says.' I think the country would be in a much better place."

TRIVIUM is currently touring Europe with AS I LAY DYING, CALIBAN and UPON A BURNING BODY.

TRIVIUM's latest album, "In Waves", sold 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart — the highest U.S. chart entry of the band's career.


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