In a new interview with Decker of Wisconsin’s WZOR (Razor 94.7/104.7) radio station, TRIVIUM guitarist Corey Beaulieu was asked if he and his bandmates have begun working on material for the follow-up to 2021’s “In The Court Of The Dragon” album. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “No. There’s always material. During our downtime, I wrote some stuff, just ’cause I needed something to do and I had a couple of riffs, and I was, like, ‘Screw it. I’ll just kind of start working on it.’ And then there’s fragments of songs or demos of songs that maybe someone… I know I have a couple of things I wrote and demoed for the last record, but when you have three people in the band writing song ideas and riffs and stuff, by the time you finish the record there’s a bunch of stuff everyone’s got that we never got around to. So there’s always a stockpile to pick from if we need a starting point for a song. We’re never short on those.
“We’re excited to get back out on tour,” he continued. “We have two records, basically, to promote since we didn’t really get to tour for [2020’s] ‘What The Dead Men Say’, so they’re kind of a combined tour so it’s kind of a double-album-type tour situation where we’re promoting two [records].
“Now that things are opening back up overseas and a bunch of other stuff coming out, we’re gonna just focus on the tour side of things for a while. Since we did two records in basically a year and a half, we need to space out any new material for a little bit. Don’t everyone expect we’re gonna be dropping a record every year from now on.”
According to Beaulieu, TRIVIUM “usually” released albums at two-year intervals in the past. “We’d put out a record and then tour and then two years later [put out another one],” he said. “That’s basically how our whole cycle has been for our career. At one point, I think there was three years between records, but usually it’s two ’cause you do your touring and then the way it is, you just kind of keep it going. That’s why we have I think six albums that have come out in October, so we’re pretty consistent with the timeline of what we’re doing. We just felt that since ‘What The Dead Men Say’ came out basically right when everything shut down and we weren’t gonna tour, the whole thinking was, ‘Who knows when we’re gonna be able to tour?’ ‘Cause no one knew at that point if it was gonna be six months, a year, a year and a half, two years — it was unpredictable when bands were gonna be able to tour and do all that stuff. Do we wanna go out on tour a year or two down the line with a record that’s been out for a year or two? Or when we kick off touring, get people excited with new material. So we chose that route and surprised people with another album. We had all this free time, so why just sit around and not do anything, just trying to wait it out? It’s, like, we can always write — no one’s stopping us from doing that — so we jumped into that.”
“In The Court Of The Dragon” was released last October via TRIVIUM‘s 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. The album cover is an original oil painting by French artist Mathieu Nozieres.
TRIVIUM is currently supporting MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD on the 2022 leg of “The Metal Tour Of The Year”, which kicked off on April 9 at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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