Established acts usually favour the big cities when touring, but Trivium‘s visit to Lincoln proves that the passion for heavy music in smaller towns is very much alive and kicking.
As early as 2 o’clock in the afternoon, dedicated Trivium supporters snake around the entrance of Lincoln’s Engine Shed to secure the best spot on the barrier.
The first act, As Lions – Austin Dickinson’s (the son of Bruce Dickinson, the frontman of Iron Maiden) new band – quickly grab the attention of the whole house. Standout tracks of this energetic set are The Fall, (the band’s only officially available track) and The Suffering, which is full to the brim with groove. Austin hits the right notes and axemen Conor O’Keefe, Will Homer and Stefan Whiting move around the stage like dervishes. For a band that’s only been active for a short while, their thirty-minute set is nothing short of impressive and full of promise.
Heart Of A Coward
Heart Of A Coward, a five-piece metal outfit from Milton Keynes touring their third album, Deliverance (released October last year through Century Media Records) follow the newcomers and kick it up a notch, getting the first circle pit of the night. Pace and power is the aim and best delivered during Hollow and Deadweight – horns are held high and among the bellows, screams and noise, moshers enjoy a fair few walls of death. Despite songs sounding fairly similar – heavy, dark and melodic – this doesn’t detract from the overall. The sound is clear – not too loud, next to no cut-outs on the microphone – and the lights are used brilliantly for effect; reds, blues and purples for mood and strobe for the more intense moments… of which there are plenty.
Headliners Trivium put a huge amount of effort into their set; two huge Ibaraki demon masks (based on the Silence In The Snow album cover) sit between the guitar stacks, in front of a large Trivium logo backdrop. The band even have a palace-like platform with columns and steps that are intermittently wheeled out on stage. After lights dim and Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills plays out, Trivium kick off straight into their new album’s title track, Silence In The Snow. The crowd join in with the woahs of the chorus and proceed to shout every lyric back at frontman and guitarist, Matt Heafy.
A highlight of the dynamic hour-long set comes in the crowd interaction. Heafy demands the faithful make noise and get stuck into the mosh – during Dying In Your Arms, a fan-favourite from Trivium’s second album, Ascendancy, the whole of the Engine Shed scream the chorus in harmony and rock a devil horn.
There are plenty of moments for veteran and virgin Trivium concert-goers alike to enjoy as guitarist Corey Beaulieu and drummer Paul Wandtke perform solos in a set chocka with songs from all seven albums. Passion, energy, graft and plenty of variety. We’ll hear a lot more from As Lions and Heart of a Coward but in the here and now Trivium are at the top of their game. Catch them.
Words: Thomas White