In massive metal news, Trivium just announced their tenth studio album, In The Court Of The Dragon will be released on October 8th via longtime label Roadrunner Records. The record was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur and recorded in the Fall of 2020 at Full Sail University in Orlando.
To mark the occasion, the grammy-nominated metal titans have also shared the official video for their new single, the fantastically named Feast of Fire.
Speaking about Feast of Fire bass player Paolo Gregoletto offered an insight into both the song and the band's songwriting process. "There's always that one song you aren't expecting when you begin writing a new album." "It could be a riff written on the spot in the rehearsal space, a lyric that pairs just right with a melody, or in the case of Feast of Fire sitting right there in front of us in the middle of a demo that Corey brought in. We were well into pre-production at Full Sail when we all decided that something about the demo we had tracked was good but could be even better. Our producer Josh Wilbur even had in his notes: "Bridge is special, maybe so special it needs its own song.' We tore the song apart and began again on the spot."
He continues, "We went into this album knowing we had time to consider everything and anything that came about during this period, and if need be, we could start again if it didn’t feel right given that no touring was on the horizon." Further pulling back the curtain, he says, "I had the words 'Feast of Fire' written in my running list of notes for lyric ideas that I try to amass before we record. Something about the phrase stuck out to me. It felt like the missing piece of the story we were trying to tell with this album, a climactic moment and a real centrepiece for the narrative.
Watch the John Deeb directed video for Feast of Fire which was filmed at the band's impressive HQ - The Hangar in Orlando now.
The announcement of In The Court Of The Dragon also gives us our first look at the album's epic artwork, which is an original oil painting by French artist Mathieu Nozieres. Providing further insight into the band's thorough approach to everything that they do vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy explains how they sourced such striking art. "While the music of In The Court Of The Dragon was taking shape, we knew we needed epic artwork of the type that you might see on the wall of an important museum from a long-dead renaissance master." "After extensive research, we found one of the few living artists who is capable of creating artwork like Caravaggio and Gentileschi — painter Mathieu Nozieres. Mathieu took our song title and created an original oil painting on canvas, unlike anything we could have ever imagined. It's so staggeringly breathtaking and epic and it looks like what the song and album sound like."
The oil painting, which is also featured in the video for Feast of Fire and the video for last month's In The Court Of The Dragon will be on display at the Bloodstock Festival from August 11 through 15 at the on-site RAM Art Gallery. This marks the painting's first public showing. The first 100 fans to view it in the gallery will receive a free poster of the image.
Watch the video for In The Court of the Dragon below.
In exciting news for Maniacs, if you purchase In The Court of the Dragon from the Maniacs store, you will go into the draw to win a Zoom Q&A with members of the band and a Trivium merch pack! Four runners up will also win a Zoom Q&A and a Trivium In The Court of the Dragon T-shirt.
The competition is open RIGHT NOW and closes on October 7th at 11.59pm AEST.