Orlando, Florida's TRIVIUM have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The band — Matthew Heafy (lead vocals, guitar), Cory Beaulieu (guitar), Brent Young (bass) and Travis Smith (drums) — released their debut album, "Ember To Inferno", on Germany's Lifeforce Records last year and caught Roadrunner's attention with their "larger than life, unrestrained rock sound," according to an official press release.
TRIVIUM come to the label through Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner (SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, TYPE O NEGATIVE). Says Conner: "TRIVIUM show an incredible maturity and finesse in their music considering the young age of songwriter, Matthew Heafy. I can only imagine where he will be in ten years. Plus, he has the drive, determination and smarts to match his musical muscle. Matthew and the rest of band have grown up listening to all the acts I've signed over the years, so to have TRIVIUM here, helping shaping Roadrunner's future metal template, is a real thrill for me on a personal level."
Roadrunner's Mike Gitter, who is co-A&Ring with Conner, adds: "Not only is TRIVIUM a great metal band....they're a great band, period. At 18, Matt Heafy has a better developed sense of musical theory and melody than most successful musicians twice his age. These guys crackle with the same sort of vibe you felt about bands like METALLICA or MEGADETH in the 80's... Out to prove that they're top of their game and willing to do what it takes to get there."
The band were equally enthusiastic about calling Roadrunner their new home.
"It's beyond a dream to be a part of Roadrunner," says Heafy. "I mean hell, I grew up listening to Roadrunner bands: SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, COAL CHAMBER, SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, FEAR FACTORY… those are some of my earliest influences — ever! Being on a label that can really push a band to achieve massive status is so exciting. I know we will live on the road and that's the very thing I've wanted my whole life. On a final note, my mission statement to Roadrunner is 'Let's conquer the world!' " Cory Beaulieu adds: "Roadrunner Records' professionalism and contribution to the scene is huge. We are honored to be part of such a great roster — past and present.”
Catch TRIVIUM on tour in support of GOD FORBID throughout the U.S. beginning April 4. The band's as-yet-untitled Roadrunner debut will be recorded this summer for a fall 2004 release.