Trivium's Paulo Gregoletto: 'Vengeance Falls is the Culmination of Everything We've Been Striving Towards"...

Trivium have released the album of their career to date in Vengeance Falls. Paulo Gregoletto tells us a little about it's conception and execution.

After a seeming eternity of having my ears skewered by muzak as I stand in the early Spring Canberra sunshine, the line goes dead. Marvellous. I’m just about to start stabbing random buttons on my phone when it splutters back to life of its own accord and there, in all his glory, at the other end of the intercontinental string/tin can communication device, is Trivium bassist Paulo Gregoletto

I’m glad he is there, because I am keen to act as interlocutor so that Paulo can spread the good word about Trivium’s spanking new record, Vengeance Fails; It’s as storming a slice of thrashy, melodic modern metal as your likely to hear in 2013 – and I’m happy to have a chewing of the fat with the affable bassist about it.  But enough verbiage, On with the show…

Vengeance Fails is a massive leap for Trivium, isn’t it? Everything is bigger and better and a definite departure from what’s gone before. Was that a conscious move or did you just follow your noses and let the music lead you once you were in the studio? “Well, we’d been writing for a long time whilst on tour, and we had a pretty good idea of where we wanted to head with this record. Every time we write that’s pretty much what we try and do, every time.”

You’re using David Draiman (vocalist of Disturbed and the Device project) as producer on this album; Were his working practices new or in any way surprising to you? “ To my knowledge we’re the first act that he’s produced, and I guess every producer has different ways of working, but he was great. We met up before we went into pre-production with the demos we’d made and played them to him. He made some suggestions of where he thought he saw the songs going, little things we could do. And then we headed down for two weeks of pre-production with him before recording started.”

But overall it was an enjoyable experience? “Oh yes! It was the most intense pre-production period we’ve ever done. We’d work from 10 AM to 10 PM every day for two weeks. We’d work on the structure of a song, the melodies – David is very big on melodies – get the main part of the song done and then move on to the next one. It definitely makes things a lot easier when you have all that worked out before you go into the studio.”

I’m interested you touch on the vocal melodies – I guess I like many long term Trivium fans was concerned that Matt Heafy might go ‘a bit Dave’ after working with Draiman, but he’s done a great job on the vocals, hasn’t he? “David Draiman has an amazing ear for that. The ways he suggested that Matt approached the singing on this album… even the screaming! There’s still a lot of screaming on the record, and he suggested different ways for Matt to get those screams out.”

But it isn’t just Heafy that’s benefitted, is it, this album is the first ‘loose’ sounding Trivium album to my mind. It’s still tight as a Nun’s proverbial, but there’s much more of a live feel to Vengeance Fails. You all sound like you were having a blast being freed up to play like this – would I be right? “Definitely. Whenever we approach writing a record, one of the things we always want to do is… how do we get that fire that we get when playing live onto a record? Because you know they are two different things really, but, even when we were layering things on here, more guitars, more bass, drums, it still retained the fire of our live performance. In some ways that’s because he encouraged us not to use our ‘go to’ licks so much. You know that every drummer has a fill he likes to use, or a guitar player has some licks he goes back to, but we didn’t feel the need to fall back on those so much this time.”

Disturbed are a very different band to Trivium. Were you worried what the response would be from your hardcore fans when you announced you were using him for VF? “I guess so, but you always have those little doubts whenever you use a new producer.”

It seems to me that this album really is the culmination of everything you’ve been striving to create over the last six records. Would that be the case? “I think so. You take little parts from everything you’ve done – a little but of The Crusade, you know, a bit of Shogun – and build on that every time you make a record. I really don’t know where we’ll go for the next record.”

So you’ll have been filtering some of the new material into the live set already I’m guessing? “Yes, we’ve been playing a couple of songs over the last couple of weeks in our shows in Europe, and you know generally when you throw in a new song the fans just kinda sometimes stand around, not knowing what to do, just listening.  But when the circle pits started in these new songs I knew they fitted in really well with our old material. We have six albums now, so there’s really enough for a really great set there, and the new material fits in really, really well.”

And we’ll be able to hear the evidence of that in only a  few months when you arrive in Australia for your Soundwave appearances!  “Oh yeah! It’s going to be awesome! We can’t wait for those shows.”

Neither can we Paulo old matey, neither can we!

Soundwave 2014 Dates:

February

22 - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane

23 - Olympic Park, Sydney

28 - Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

March

1 - Bonython Park, Adelaide

3 - Claremont Showgrounds, Perth