I have never been a big fan of Trivium and not heard a lot of Mark Tremonti’s new project. But when a friend of mine asked me to go and watch them I didn’t think twice. Firstly it was a Metal Concert on a Friday night and secondly it was in Baltimore, at the Soundstage. The Baltimore Soundstage, a famous venue for the underground metal scene in the dmv area.
So days before the concert I started to listen to their new albums. And I was really happy. Both their new albums were killer. I was always a big fan of Creed, even though I know not a lot of people do not approve of Creed, but honestly Mark Tremonti is a gifted guitarist. Both at Creed and at Alter Bridge I really liked his style of music. And his new album was really refreshing. A proper mix of his famous intricate guitar parts and fast shredding. However, even though the soundstage was a great venue, the audio equipment and the way the amps were set up kind of felt odd, especially during Tremonti’s performance. That was a huge disappointment for me, since I was really looking forward to the sudden subtle changes from heavy to clean tunes.
Trivium and Matt Heafy came on next. To be honest until that moment I never thought Matt Heafy would have such an impact on the crowd, he was really good. You need a frontman who can take charge and Matt Heafy did just that, right from his signature tongue wagging which would remind people of KISS, and asking the crowd to jump it was refreshing to see Trivium. There are different types of frontmen and how they carry the crowd. For instance you have Randy Blythe who right from the first song has so much energy and the energy shifts to the crowd, on the other side you have legends like Tom Araya, who’s silence is more than enough for the crowd to go mad. There aren’t a lot of metal bands that are adored like Slayer and people to go nuts just by the silent stare of Tom Araya, so a successful band needs a frontman who can energize the crowd.
Their performance was good, but I would love to see Trivium in a bigger stage with better audio equipment and a bigger crowd. It was a good experience to check the Soundstage, but poor access to transportation to D.C off hours meant that I wouldn’t be able to attend much shows at the Soundstage. It just wasn’t worth the hassle unless it was a band that I simply couldn’t miss.