Review: Trivium, Ipswich Corn Exchange, March 21

Florida metal band Trivium, playing Ipswich Corn Exchange on March 21

Florida metal band Trivium, playing Ipswich Corn Exchange on March 21 - Credit: Archant

It’s not often a metal band of Trivium’s calibre makes the trip from across the pond to the UK, let alone to a venue in Ipswich.

But this evening’s gig at the Corn Exchange proved why more should make such a rare feat a more common endeavour.

It’s hard to believe that it has been a decade since the Florida four-piece broke into the mainstream with one-two punch of 2005’s Ascendancy and the following year’s The Crusade, but having carved their own path in heavy metal the band has firmly established itself from underdogs to heavy metal heroes.

The night featured a healthy smattering of songs from latest record Silence in the Snow, which went down warmly if not explosively.

Strife garnered the best reaction of the new material, but when fan favourites Kirisute Gomen, Rain and Like Light to the Flies dropped it was as if the Corn Exchange had become a heaven for all things heavy.

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Greeted by enthusiastic chants of “Tri-vi-um, Tri-vi-um” seemingly between every song, and monster size mosh pits in which limbs were fractured and T-shirts torn to shreds (really), it was clear how much Trivium’s presence meant to all those gathered.

The night was somewhat let down by a fuzzy sound mix which didn’t really improve throughout the evening, leaving Matt Heafy’s vocals and the twin guitar thrust of Heafy and Corey Beaulieu’s guitar harmonies somewhat lost.

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Ending with the raucous singalong of In Waves, Trivium followed last year’s performance by Bullet for my Valentine as all-conquering thrash metal warriors.

On the basis of the packed crowd lapping up every harmony, scream and riff, more metal bands should take the plunge and book a date at the Corn Exchange.

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