Grammy-nominated band TRIVIUM — Matt Heafy [vocals, guitar], Corey Beaulieu [guitar], Paolo Gregoletto [bass], and Alex Bent [drums] — have just shared the video for the new single The Phalanx. Check out the video below.
“The Phalanx was like an old muscle car sitting in the driveway with no engine,” says Gregoletto about the song’s unique evolution and origin story. “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.”
Trivium partnered with Elder Scrolls Online to create the video, which premiered on their #GatesOfOblivion Year-End Stream on Bethesda Games’ Twitch channel today. Trivium‘s passion for Bethesda‘s vast collection of franchises made it a no-brainer for the band to officially partner with Elder Scrolls. The band members are fans of the game, especially with this year’s Elder Scrolls content, and the ties into Trivium’s music.
The Phalanx appears on Trivium‘s tenth album, In The Court Of The Dragon, out October 8 via longtime label Roadrunner Records. The record was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur and recorded in autumn 2020 at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.
The album cover is an original oil painting by French artist Mathieu Nozieres (@mathieunozieres on Instagram).
Last month, Trivium shared the album’s title track, In The Court Of The Dragon, which featured an epic intro composed and orchestrated by Ihsahn (Emperor) and was accompanied by an official short film music video directed by Ryan Mackfall.
Trivium released their ninth full-length, What The Dead Men Say, through Roadrunner Records in 2020. The album was produced by Trivium and Josh Wilbur and debuted at #12 in the main UK album chart (the band’s highest spot here in 14 years and during the pandemic lockdown), #35 on the Billboard Top 200; at #2 on the US Top Current Albums Chart, and at #3 on both the US Hard Rock Albums Chart and Top Rock Albums Chart. The band and album were praised by and featured in mainstream outlets like New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Billboard, TechCrunch, and Kotaku, as well as Kerrang!, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Guitar, Revolver, Upset, Alternative Press, and more.
Trivium released its now-canonical album Ascendancy in 2005. It was recognized as KERRANG!’s “Album of the Year,” achieved a gold certification in the UK, and eclipsed sales of 500,000 worldwide. Metal Hammer placed it in the Top 15 of “The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of the 21st Century.” It ignited a string of six consecutive Top 25 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 and five straight Top 3 debuts on the Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, culminating on 2017’s benchmark The Sin And The Sentence. That album elevated the group’s total stream tally past a quarter-of-a-billion. Additionally, Betrayer received a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” Unanimous acclaim followed from Decibel, Loudwire, Ultimate Guitar, MetalSucks, and Metal Hammer who dubbed them, “quite simply one of the best bands in modern metal.” Not to mention, they performed alongside Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and many others and graced the main stages of Download, Bloodstock, Knotfest, and more. After two decades, eight albums, and hundreds of sold out shows, Trivium actualise the all-encompassing ambition they first set in motion back in 1999.