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Trivium are Taking “Parental Leave” in 2019

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The pending arrival of baby twins for Trivium frontman Matt Heafy and his wife Ashley brought an untimely end to Matt’s presence on the band’s recent tour; he flew home early to be with her while the rest of the band finished out the tour with assists from Jared Dines (who was on tour with Trivium) and members of Light the Torch and Avatar. We haven’t heard any updates from the Heafy camp since, but hopefully no news is good news.

As any new father should, Matt plans to spend time with his newborn children, and that means staying off the road and out of the studio for quite some time. Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu recently spoke to radio station 90.3 WMSC and said while there’s a possibility of “more touring later next year,” the band won’t be playing any shows in the near future and doesn’t expect a new album out until 2020. Corey started out by talking about producer Josh Wilbur, who worked on the last two Trivium albums:

“With Josh, we really love the way he mixes and makes everything sound. Once we worked with him and became friends with him, his personality and his vibe and energy is the perfect combo with how we are as a band and how we like to work and how we like the vibe of making a record. He fit right in.

“He had the same… Like, if he was in our band as an actual band member, he would fit in perfectly with like the chemistry of the band. So we had a really fun time working with him. And he’s also from Maine, like me, so we got along really well. Everyone in the band, as soon we finished that record, we were talking about wanting to do… ‘Can’t wait to do another record with you.’ So that’s definitely the plan, whenever that is.

“We always are writing during downtime, so there’s always demos of riffs or songs or half a song. So we do have stuff to get started on, but we still have more touring later next year for this record. So, realistically, there probably won’t be anything until the following year. But maybe there will be a single for the record whenever – sometime later in the year.

“So we’re definitely excited to start on new material, but we’re not gonna rush anything out at the moment. Matt’s [Heafy] having kids, so we got parental leave from touring for a little while.”

Not quite sure what Corey means about there “maybe” being a single “sometime later in the year” — wouldn’t the band need to hit the studio first? Or do they already have something recorded (a B-side, maybe) that they plan on putting out as a stop-gap? We’ll find out eventually, but in the near-term don’t expect to see Trivium on the road.

Wishing all the best to the Heafys in the crazy adventure that is parenthood!

[via Metal Injection]

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