Today is a good day for metalheads and Maniacs worldwide because Trivium have dropped their tenth studio album, In The Court Of The Dragon via Roadrunner Records.
Produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, In The Court Of The Dragon is Trivium in full-scale modern metal god mode. In The Court Of The Dragon was preceded by the singles In The Court Of The Dragon, Feast Of Fire and The Phalanx and the seamless integration of classic metal with Trivium's trademark sound featured on each provides a good overview of the sonic territory covered over In The Court Of The Dragon's ten tracks of pure metal.
The release of In The Court Of The Dragon comes hot off the heels of the band's collaboration with the Elder Scrolls Online that saw the video for The Phalanx premiered via the #GatesOfOblivion Year-End Stream on Bethesda Games' Twitch channel.
The Phalanx features orchestration from Emperor's Ihsahn who also appears throughout the album providing orchestration including the epic introductory track X. Speaking on the origin of The Phalanx, bass player Paolo Gregoletto turns to a different type of heavy metal, the American muscle car.
"The Phalanx' was like an old muscle car sitting in the driveway with no engine, it was a demo from Shogun that had the middle section removed for another song ('Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis'), demoed again on Silence in the Snow but ultimately scrapped, and now it has found its home on the new album. Once we knew the album was going in a more epic, proggy direction, I immediately thought of the song and pitched the idea to the others. With a few minor changes to some chorus parts, a brand middle section, and the orchestrations from Ihsahn, 'The Phalanx' was reborn. It's got a lot of new and old riffs and I think you should dig this if you liked Shogun."
Watch the video for The Phalanx below
The Phalanx video and the way it was premiered showcases the band's growing comfort in connecting with their fanbase by less traditional means and follows the video for Feast Of Fire that was filmed in the band's own state-of-the-art aeroplane-hanger HQ (we know, so cool, right?). While speaking about Feast Of Fire, Gregoletto gave some insight into the album's creative process and also noted that Feast Of Fire plays an important role in the album's narrative.
"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 video for Feast Of Fire below.
Gregoletto's reflections on Feast Of Fire carry on from his in-depth conversation surrounding In The Court Of The Dragon's titular first single, where he gave further background to the creation of the album and the band's confidence with what they created.
Similar to some of our past songs and albums, this song began with lyrics rooted in mythology. But unlike the past, we decided to create our own myth to fit the music. Being free to create the story and write the music without a deadline, due to a once-in-a-lifetime event, really led to one of the most rewarding writing and recording experiences we have ever had. We hope it lives up to your expectations"
Watch the video for In The Court of the Dragon below.
In The Court Of The Dragon is out now via Roadrunner Records.