Florida headbangers Trivium aren’t interested in a holy war, but there’s definitely a sense of mission on the band’s third album, “The Crusade.”
“ ‘The Crusade’ was a personal statement about the band at this point in time,” says frontman Matt Heafy. “ ‘Ascendancy’ (in 2005) had to do with rising up, and ‘The Crusade’ is about going around the world making the music we make — not against anything, but just a crusade of what we love to do.”
It didn’t come easy, though. Heafy, 20, says Trivium tried to write some of “The Crusade” while touring to support ‘Ascendancy’ but didn’t have enough time in its schedule to really work on material. So it hit the studio earlier this year with just five weeks to make the new album.
“We had a week for everyone to learn each other’s material and then went in to do it,” he says. “We had no time to feel bogged down or pressured; we just had to go for it. It was a blur, but we discovered that we could pull off a record quickly when we had to.”
Trivium, the Sword, Protest the Hero and others perform Saturday (October 14th) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 779-9278 or visit