Corey Beaulieu, the lead guitarist for TRIVIUM took some time to chat with us back stage at this year’s ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. We talked mainly about their process of making their new record In Waves (Roadrunner) which came out on August 9th.
MAA: What is more fun: the side stage or the main stage?
CB: Today is our first show on the main stage. We have done other tours where we played the main stage and it sucked because nobody else was there. But this is gonna be pretty cool because from what I’ve seen even during the first band, the main stage has been pretty packed in. There are a portion of fans that don’t even go to the side stages and half the crowd just goes to the main stage. So they are just waiting there for the main stage to start and we will get to play for a few thousand more people than normal. The more people the better and we love playing on the bigger stage. We have been chomping at the bit waiting for our turn to play the main stage. So we will try to impress everybody. (laughs)
MAA: How is the new material meshing with the older tracks from in the set list?
CB: It works great! Even though the songs are on the Internet, and as big as the Internet is, or how big people think the Internet is; it’s kind of cool that people are unaware that we have new songs out. Even people that are fans. So we’ve been playing the stuff. A lot of people have been getting into the songs and learn `em which his cool. On the side stage we played two new songs. Today for the main stage we’re going at switch it up. We will do a slightly different set for the main stage which is cool, with a different songs that we think will go over really well with more singing and the bigger PA. So it will be really cool.
MAA: What can fans expect from In Waves when it comes out?
CB: It’s just a full on fucking metal TRIVIUM album. It has a lot of diversity. We think this album really defines what we are. We have taken our sound, everything we have ever done and expanded on it even more. We just made our own little world going on that sounds like TRIVIUM. It will showcase everything we do well. You have to listen to it as a whole because there is lots of shit going on. Everybody stepped it up to another level individually, performance wise and what we do as a band. We really got to capture what our band is all about on record.
MAA: As far as record producers go what is Colin Richardson like to work with compared to Jason Suecoff or Nick Raskulinicz?
CB: He’s very detail orientated. Other records we have done we used record and then go back later on and re-track guitars or re amp them and fix things. Just get it tracked and then go back and fix the important details later. On this record we spent six days getting drum sounds and four days getting guitar sounds before we ever recorded a note. It was really inspiring to record the entire time with killer sounding instruments. Just the way it sounded made us play better. We really tried to nail down what we wanted the record to sound like it was supposed to from the very beginning instead of at the end. It helped bring out all the intensity and emotion and really helped us get what we had in our heads out of us and on to the record. Colin is amazing with tones. He and his team were instrumental in helping us make the best sounding record we could. Sonically we were able to make the best sounding record we have every put out.
MAA: Did you and Matt add any interesting new guitar techniques to your repertoire to prepare for the album?
CB: I think this record is really cool because we really tried to find our own individual niche on this one. Matt felt his best attribute for the solos was the more simple, soulful solos. He felt we really needed to separate our styles more. I did what I normally do and he changed mostly. Matt went the more melodic route, just more simple tasteful solos. I just wanted to craft really strong solos, not about being the fastest or how technical you could play. It was about being more memorable, hooky and better overall. Some of the solos are very fast with with quick little parts so you had to come up with something cool to make an impact. Some shit off the top of your head just kind of happened and I was like “I can’t believe I really thought of that!” The only thing I added was some crazy, wacky tapping shit, like some Guthrie Govan stuff that I learned right before we recorded. And I thought “Well I’ll try that!” and it just worked out. There is some really difficult, blazing fast string-skipping stuff that is really hard to do. Everything I just normally did before, I’ve gotten better at. I definitely played the best leads I’ve done and got the best tone too. Definitely more advanced and mature. (laughs)
MAA: Who is the guitar player on Mayhem Fest in your opinion that you want to watch everyday?
CB: It has to be MEGADETH, hands down. MEGADETH is my favorite band ever. The Rust In Peace album change my life when I was a lot younger. I had never heard lead guitar playing like that before. Marty Friedman is one of my main idols, but Chris Broderick plays that shit really perfectly. Even though Friedman is not here anymore, Broderick is unreal at guitar. And Dave Mustaine is Dave, he’s the fucking man. I have easily watched MEGADETH more than any other band and if I can’t watch their entire set because I have other shit going on, I try to catch at least part of it. Broderick is such a sick guitarist, he makes me feel like I suck when I watch him. He’s just ridiculous, just sickeningly good.
(Thanks to Corey and Roadrunner Records)
by Keith (Keefy) Chachkes