TRIVIUM Frontman Rejects 'Metalcore' Tag

Lucas Aykroyd of reports:

According to naysayers, TRIVIUM is to METALLICA what GOOD CHARLOTTE is to the SEX PISTOLS. The Orlando-based thrash-metal quartet has faced its share of criticism since forming in 2000, despite high-profile gigs at Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground, and Britain's Download Festival. Perhaps there's some envy due to its youth: the senior member, at age 24, is drummer Travis Smith.

"If we were acting like a bunch of 16-year-olds, I could understand it," says vocalist-guitarist Matt Heafy, reached aboard his tour bus in snowy Buffalo. "But we've got our shit together live and as people. Age is such a trivial thing."

The outspoken 20-year-old frontman also claims TRIVIUM should never have been accused of pandering to metalcore teenyboppers: "Metalcore is a combination of metal and hardcore, and we've never been into hardcore. We don't draw any influence from that scene. Even our second record, 'Ascendancy', was a metal record. Sure, it had screaming and heavy/soft parts. But only a small number of people would consider it metalcore."

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