TRIVIUM guitarist Corey Beaulieu spoke to Finnish Chaoszine about the band’s recent US tour with MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD and HATE RACE. The trek marked the first series of performances by the four groups since the start of the pandemic.
“Before the tour, all the bands, the management and everything were… With each tour that comes out they can be as strict or not as strict. [as they want to be] – whatever protocols the headliner judges how they want to ride – and everyone wanted to make sure we got through the tour “, Corey explained (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “So we got pretty strict [protocols] – not super strict, but it was basically that no one was dating in person, we were not having any guests or anything behind the scenes. And basically, backstage, if you were in there going to your lodge or catering or something, it was like, “Make sure you wear a mask.” We would go to restaurants, have our food and then go out to eat. It was kind of a bubbling where each group and team sort of stood alone, so there wasn’t a lot of mixing between the groups or anything like that. And when the guys on the team were working on stage and everything, everyone was masked. And then we wore masks to stage and go on stage and play and mask ourselves as we walked away. So everyone stayed as far away from each other’s camp as possible. And if you’re talking or hanging out or something, everyone was in the backstage parking lot or something. We only wore masks and there was disinfectant everywhere and everything like that. And then we tested a lot too. It was a bit boring to test so much, but the payoff of playing gigs and playing big gigs like this was well worth it. “
Corey went on to say that all musicians and crew members comply with all applicable local health and safety regulations as well as the requirements of venues in which “The metal tour of the year” play.
“They did mandatory testing in some places where it was, like, everyone on the tour had to test before… As soon as you got off the bus you were going to test, and then as soon as you had a negative test you got a bracelet and you got to go backstage and stuff like that, ”he said. “We had someone on our team who the first weekend of the tour tested positive. So we were tested every day before we were allowed in – just to make sure no one else was got sick from the bus. But everyone on our bus is vaccinated so no one caught him from them. So we just left him in a hotel for two weeks and he came back when he was feeling better. We’re all vaccinated so nobody caught him. He was vaccinated so he was doing pretty well. He felt a little shitty for a few days, but he just had to stay away for a while until that he… test negative. ‘ Just shit like that, where you just had to take a little extra precaution – because there are so many people involved in the tour, and if anyone in the band … Luckily no one in any of the bands is got sick or whatever, but you don’t want … there’s a lot of money at stake when you have to cancel gigs. so we persevered and the tour was a success. so we were happy to show people that you can get by and that’s not all. apocalyptic out there for the tour acts. “
The last three shows of “The metal tour of the year” – in Toronto, Laval and Quebec – have been postponed to spring 2022 due to restrictions in the province of Quebec and international logistics issues.
TRIVIUMthe tenth album of, “In the courtyard of the dragon”, was released on October 8 via a long-time 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 the French artist Mathieu Nozieres.
Last month, TRIVIUM shared the title song of the album, “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 clip directed by Ryan mackfall. Audio wire called the song a “skillful blend of dynamics. And the blast beats sound really, really good below Matt Heafy‘s a clear and soothing song “while Revolver labeled it “epic”. Guitar world baptized second single “Fire festival” as “hammering” and “par excellence TRIVIUM,” like Metal injection said it “really, really eye-catching”.
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