Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine talk ‘Poisoned Ascendancy’ tour and new music: “20 years is a long time to be making an impact”

Matt Heafy and Matt Tuck tell NME why the best is yet to come

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Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine spoken to NME about their UK co-headline tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘The Poison’ and ‘Ascendancy’.

After teasing fans online, the tour was finally announced last night (February 22) during a live-streamed press conference where Bullet’s Matt Tuck promised the run of shows was set to be “the metal tour of the year.”

The first leg of the rotating co-headline world ‘Poisoned Ascendancy’ tour is set to kick off in January 2025, with Bullet For My Valentine playing ‘The Poison’ in full at every show, with Trivium doing the same with ‘Ascendancy’ to mark 20 years since their release. In a statement, Trivium’s Matt Heafy described them as “two records whose influence can be heard to this day in the DNA of modern metal.”

“Trivium and BFMV were in such whirlwinds when our respective albums came out that we each never truly got to play together or sit back and celebrate during the maelstrom of constant touring, recording and globetrotting,” said Heafy. “But that’s what this anniversary tour is. It’s a celebration by the bands to the fans of an important era, and most importantly it’s an invitation to fans to come and have an epic night with us and sing and rage and celebrate the awesome power of the music.”

Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium ‘The Poisoned Ascendancy’ tour poster. Credit: PRESS

Speaking to NME shortly afterwards, Tuck described the tour as a “well-deserved victory lap” and said both bands “deserved” the chance to celebrate their legacies. “We never had the chance to really take in what was happening at the time,” he offered.

Tuck continued: “This tour almost didn’t happen because we were so focused on making a new album and touring that. That’s how we’re wired, that’s what we’ve always done. But after talking about it, we realised that if we didn’t take this opportunity, we’d always regret it. 20 years is a long time to be making an impact. A 20th anniversary is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but to celebrate that alongside Trivium just makes it more special.”

The ‘Poisoned Ascendancy’ tour is the most ambitious run of shows either band has ever undertaken, but both frontman claimed that there are no nerves. “The hard work has been done. We already made the records, and we’ve had twenty years of shows in-between. We’re both well-oiled machines at this point in time,” said Heafy.

Tuck agreed: “We’re going to put a lot of love and passion into building the show. Doing it as a co-headliner and a celebration of those two albums means there’s this pressure to create something even more special.

“There’s no competition though. Trivium are Trivium, Bullet are Bullet. We’re both just going to do our thing.”

“We’re approaching this tour like Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine is one supergroup, all fulfilling the same goal,” added Heafy, who joined Bullet on stage in the US last year to sing ‘Tears Don’t Fall’. The pair think it’s “inevitable” that moments like that will happen again during their co-headline tour.

Trivium’s second album ‘Ascendancy’ and Bullet For My Valentine’s debut ‘The Poison’ were breakout moments for both groups, and put them at the forefront of a new wave of heavy music, alongside the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and Avenged Sevenfold.

“I had a gut feeling there was something special there when we were making ‘The Poison’, but that was probably excitement, inexperience, naivety, arrogance and all the other stuff that comes from being in your early 20s and being given the chance to do the thing you’ve always wanted,” reflected Tuck.

“I do remember recording the demos for ‘Tears Don’t Fall’ and ‘All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)’ on the same day though. Listening back to them in the car on my way home to my parents’ house, I really did think those two songs were the key to unlocking something special. And they were.”

Trivium’s success was less immediate. “We were supporting some of our favourite bands like Machine Head, Danzig, and The Dillinger Escape Plan – but it just wasn’t clicking,” said Heafy. “We were too metal for the hardcore kids, too hardcore for the metal kids. But then we came over to the UK and everything seemed to fall into place. That really gave us our start and showed us what this band could become.”

Both Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine came up in the shadow of nu-metal, which saw the likes of Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park become global megastars at the turn of the millennium. “By the time we came along, the scene was so saturated with nu-metal groups. People wanted something different,” said Tuck. “We weren’t trying to fit into any scene, we were just making the music we wanted to make.”

Heafy agreed: “People had stopped playing guitar solos. With both bands, it felt like it was us against the world because there wasn’t really a scene for the type of music we were making.

“With ‘Ascendancy’, we were listening to the classic metal bands that everyone loved alongside melodic death metal, metalcore and emo. We were mixing in these different influences and it created something new. That time was the beginning of people being receptive to different things.”

Tuck argued that “when people loved you, they adored you but there was also this extreme hatred,” but said that it just made the band “determined and thick-skinned”.

“If you can survive a tour with Iron Maiden and spend your 30-minute set getting pelted with cans of tuna, you can survive anything,” he laughed.

So 20 years on, why are ‘The Poison’ and ‘Ascendancy’ still resonating with fans?

“We were young, feisty and there was a fearless naivety to the writing,” said Tuck. “We had nothing to lose. Neither record was over thought and that’s a beautiful thing. It is what makes them special.”

Heafy added: “That innocence still connects. It felt like we captured lightning in a bottle.”

As much as the ‘Poisoned Ascendancy’ tour taps into the same nostalgic energy that’s made successes of both When We Were Young and Sick New World festivals, Tuck said the run of shows is also a celebration of “still being relevant after two decades, and still having so much more to give.”

“There’s still that fire in our bellies,” he continued. “We’re by no means over any hills and I truly believe the best is yet to come from both bands. It’s probably going to spark a lot of creative inspiration for us as well, as we look to the next album. Reliving ‘The Poison’ is only going to bring positivity to the song writing.”

He added: It’s heavy, it’s exciting. If we can have the intensity and technicality of [2022’s ‘Bullet For My Valentine’] alongside the feel of ‘The Poison’, that’s going to be a pretty special record. We’re really excited by it, even if it’ll probably be 2026 before we can release it.”

Trivium meanwhile are building a studio at their base in Orlando after talking about a hiatus. “We’re talking about doing a couple of singles in the run-up to the tour, just to try a few things out,” said Heafy. “We’re talking about getting into the headspace of ‘Ascendancy’, making a song in that style, and having Matt feature on it. It feels like that would be truly amazing, and really tie everything together.”

The 20th anniversary of ‘The Poison’ and ‘Ascendancy’ comes alongside a renewed interest and sense of creativity in the heavy metal world. “Sleep Token, Spiritbox, Heriot, Venom Prison, Lorna Shore, Malevolence, Fit For An Autopsy, there’s so many bands killing it right now and I love to see that,” said Heafy. “How receptive people are for heavy music now can only be a great thing.”

Tuck agreed: “It’s really exciting, because it gives bands like us that have been around for 20 years, the motivation to go for another 20 years. It keeps that fire burning and it keeps us inspired. Hopefully this tour just adds to the excitement and love people have for the scene.”

Beyond that, Heafy was mainly looking forward to seeing two acts together at the top of their game.

“I saw Bullet in November and they’ve never been better,” he added. “People have also told me that Trivium’s last album [2021’s ‘In The Court Of The Dragon’] was our best. We’re all in our prime right now, so this is the absolute best time to do this tour.”

Tickets for the ‘Poisoned Ascendancy’ tour go on sale Friday March 1 and be available here.

Full tour dates are below:

JANUARY 2025
26 – Utilita Arena, Cardiff
28 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
30 – Co-op Live, Manchester
31 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham

FEBRUARY 2025
1 – The O2, London

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Brian May, Tony Iommi and James Bay join Jimmy Page to launch Gibson Garage London

James Bay also performed at the first-preview at the new shop

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Jimmy Page, Brian May and Tony Iommi came together to launch the new Gibson Garage in London.

The moment took place in Soho yesterday morning (February 22) as the guitar manufacturer held a special preview of the shop, which is set to open on Saturday (February 24).

It is inspired by the Nashville flagship branch and has over 300 guitars for sale, as well as a live music space downstairs and a made-to-measure counter for ordering bespoke, custom guitars.

At the first preview of the store, Led Zeppelin icon Jimmy Page was in attendance to reveal a new collaboration with the brand – launching a replica of his iconic 1971 Doubleneck.

As well as Page, Brian May of Queen and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath were in also attendance, and joined the Led Zeppelin guitarist in cutting the opening ribbon. Check out images of the moment below.

Cesar Gueikian, Jimmy Page, Brian May and Tony Iommi at the launch of London’s Gibson Garage. CREDIT: Dave Hogan
Cesar Gueikian, Jimmy Page, Brian May and Tony Iommi at the launch of London’s Gibson Garage. CREDIT: Dave Hogan

“When I met with [president and chief executive] Cesar [Gueikian] and he explained what the future of Gibson looked like, I knew I needed to be involved,” Page said during an on-site conversation with Matt Everitt.

“There is a spirit in the place; after seeing the people working at the factories and getting a connection with them, I knew that picking up that Les Paul Custom and the Doubleneck all those years ago was certainly the right decision… I really wanted to have something that was exactly the same as my one.”

“It’s not your average guitar shop, it’s a place where musicians can go to get inspired,” said Iommi of the new shop, while Brian May added: “[It is] a place where a young player can feel welcome and mix with the finest instruments, amps, and ancillary gear – and not be told to keep their hands to themselves!”

At the preview, singer, songwriter and guitarist James Bay also played two songs as the first artist to perform on the downstairs stage. “As a musician, even just holding a guitar for the first time was transformative,” he said. “Then there was the first picked melody, the first blisters on my fingers, and still I went back for more. It’s something I’ll just never tire of.”

James Bay performs at the launch of London’s Gibson Garage. CREDIT: Dave Hogan

Elsewhere in the in-conversation, Page also recalled how he first got his hands on the signature Doubleneck back in 1971 – despite it being a model which wasn’t in circulation at the time.

“[Before that], people would have an acoustic guitar on a microphone stand, then they’d start playing the electric guitar… I thought ‘Well, I’m not going to do that, it looks absolutely ridiculous’,” he explained.

“I’d seen the concept of the Doubleneck guitars in country music, but those were like a six-string then a mandolin… You couldn’t just go down to the shops, so I got in touch with Gibson and asked them to make one for me,” he added. He also recalled that he used the model live for the first time with Led Zeppelin in 1971, when the band performed ‘Stairway To Heaven’ during a gig in Belfast: “It was always there, from Belfast onwards I was always playing that.”

In other Jimmy Page news, back in November the rock veteran made a surprise appearance at the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, honouring late roots guitarist Link Wray by performing his track ‘Rumble’.

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Listen to Linkin Park’s unreleased Chester Bennington track ‘Friendly Fire’ as band announce singles collection

The video for the track features never-before-seen studio and live footage

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Linkin Park have revealed the details of a career-spanning greatest hits album, and shared the previously unreleased Chester Bennington track ‘Friendly Fire’. Check it out below.

Titled ‘Papercuts (Singles Collection 2000-2023)’, the upcoming release comes as a 20-song overview of the band’s best-selling tracks over the past two decades – including classics such as ‘In The End’, ‘Burn It Down’ and ‘Numb’.

Set for release on April 12 via Warner, the LP will also feature a previously unreleased track starring late frontman Chester Bennington called ‘Friendly Fire’. The never-before-heard song was recorded during the sessions for the group’s final studio album, 2017’s ‘One More Light’ – Bennington died later that year.

The cinematic song sees the band looking inward, and starts with emotive vocals from the frontman before the band join for the emotionally charged verses. “We’re pullin’ apart for no reason/ We’re pullin’ a trigger in a useless war/ And if we come back and go into the black/ What are we fighting for?” Bennington ponders in the chorus.

The newly-shared track also comes with a music video that was directed and edited by long-time collaborator Mark Fiore and features never-before-seen studio and live footage. Check it out below.

“‘Friendly Fire’ was always one of our favourite songs from the ‘One More Light’ sessions. Something about it wasn’t quite right so as close as it got to the finish line, we chose to set it aside for later,” explained Brad Delson.

“When we started looking for an unreleased track to include on our greatest hits collection, I was blown away by the power of the song, the power of the storytelling, the power of the vocal, the sonic landscape and I actually thought that it was closer than maybe we had realised at the time.”

“We got together to work on it and connect some of the missing pieces that for whatever reason hadn’t revealed themselves during the recording of ‘One More Light’,” he added. “I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s such a beautiful, compelling, heartbreaking, hopeful story and it really resonates with me today.”

As well as ‘Friendly Fire’, the upcoming ‘Papercuts’ album also features the track ‘Lost’ – a previously unreleased song which was unveiled last year as part of the band’s ‘Meteora’ 20th anniversary collection. The Jay-Z mashup of ‘Numb/Encore’ is also featured, as well as the fan favourite rarity ‘QWERTY’.

“In the making of each Linkin Park album, I want to love and believe in each individual song completely,” said Mike Shinoda of the upcoming album. “I hope that if any one track is heard on its own in the world, it is something I can feel proud of, and something that takes root inside the listener and becomes part of the energy that connects us.”

“Curating the tracks for ‘Papercuts’ was a joy,” he added. “Each song in this collection is both a singular moment on our timeline and an evolving story that is as much ours as it is yours. From our first release ‘One Step Closer’ to the brand-new ‘Friendly Fire,’ this tracklist spans all our chapters so far.”

Check out the album artwork and tracklist below.

The ‘Papercuts (Singles Collection 2000-2023)’ tracklist is:

1. ‘Crawling’
2. ‘Faint’
3. ‘Numb/Encore’
4. ‘Papercut’
5. ‘Breaking The Habit’
6. ‘In The End’
7. ‘Bleed It Out’
8. ‘Somewhere I Belong’
9. ‘Waiting For The End’
10. ‘Castle Of Glass’
11. ‘One More Light’
12. ‘Burn It Down’
13. ‘What I’ve Done’
14. ‘QWERTY’
15. ‘One Step Closer’
16. ‘New Divide’
17. ‘Leave Out All The Rest’
18. ‘Lost’
19. ‘Numb’
20. ‘Friendly Fire’

As well as his work on Linkin Park projects, Mike Shinoda also shared the solo single ‘Already Over’ last year– a song which he then went on to re-record alongside other artists from across the globe.

Speaking to NME last year, he also reflected on the response to the track, and how the idea for the collaborations arose.

“With ‘Already Over’, I played all the instruments and I was like ‘Well, OK, it’s such a live-sounding song. Should I go on tour? Should I put together some musicians to do a live show?’ Then I realised now is not the time to go tour for me. I want to stay in the studio and make some more things musically,” he explained.

“I don’t want to put together a band, and I don’t want to go on tour, but I do want to play it live. So myself and a few other people on my team were able to come up with this format of putting together multiple sessions. We call it the ‘Already Over sessions’.”

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Listen to Linkin Park’s unreleased Chester Bennington track ‘Friendly Fire’ as band announce singles collection

The video for the track features never-before-seen studio and live footage

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Linkin Park have revealed the details of a career-spanning greatest hits album, and shared the previously unreleased Chester Bennington track ‘Friendly Fire’. Check it out below.

Titled ‘Papercuts (Singles Collection 2000-2023)’, the upcoming release comes as a 20-song overview of the band’s best-selling tracks over the past two decades – including classics such as ‘In The End’, ‘Burn It Down’ and ‘Numb’.

Set for release on April 12 via Warner, the LP will also feature a previously unreleased track starring late frontman Chester Bennington called ‘Friendly Fire’. The never-before-heard song was recorded during the sessions for the group’s final studio album, 2017’s ‘One More Light’ – Bennington died later that year.

The cinematic song sees the band looking inward, and starts with emotive vocals from the frontman before the band join for the emotionally charged verses. “We’re pullin’ apart for no reason/ We’re pullin’ a trigger in a useless war/ And if we come back and go into the black/ What are we fighting for?” Bennington ponders in the chorus.

The newly-shared track also comes with a music video that was directed and edited by long-time collaborator Mark Fiore and features never-before-seen studio and live footage. Check it out below.

“‘Friendly Fire’ was always one of our favourite songs from the ‘One More Light’ sessions. Something about it wasn’t quite right so as close as it got to the finish line, we chose to set it aside for later,” explained Brad Delson.

“When we started looking for an unreleased track to include on our greatest hits collection, I was blown away by the power of the song, the power of the storytelling, the power of the vocal, the sonic landscape and I actually thought that it was closer than maybe we had realised at the time.”

“We got together to work on it and connect some of the missing pieces that for whatever reason hadn’t revealed themselves during the recording of ‘One More Light’,” he added. “I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s such a beautiful, compelling, heartbreaking, hopeful story and it really resonates with me today.”

As well as ‘Friendly Fire’, the upcoming ‘Papercuts’ album also features the track ‘Lost’ – a previously unreleased song which was unveiled last year as part of the band’s ‘Meteora’ 20th anniversary collection. The Jay-Z mashup of ‘Numb/Encore’ is also featured, as well as the fan favourite rarity ‘QWERTY’.

“In the making of each Linkin Park album, I want to love and believe in each individual song completely,” said Mike Shinoda of the upcoming album. “I hope that if any one track is heard on its own in the world, it is something I can feel proud of, and something that takes root inside the listener and becomes part of the energy that connects us.”

“Curating the tracks for ‘Papercuts’ was a joy,” he added. “Each song in this collection is both a singular moment on our timeline and an evolving story that is as much ours as it is yours. From our first release ‘One Step Closer’ to the brand-new ‘Friendly Fire,’ this tracklist spans all our chapters so far.”

Check out the album artwork and tracklist below.

The ‘Papercuts (Singles Collection 2000-2023)’ tracklist is:

1. ‘Crawling’
2. ‘Faint’
3. ‘Numb/Encore’
4. ‘Papercut’
5. ‘Breaking The Habit’
6. ‘In The End’
7. ‘Bleed It Out’
8. ‘Somewhere I Belong’
9. ‘Waiting For The End’
10. ‘Castle Of Glass’
11. ‘One More Light’
12. ‘Burn It Down’
13. ‘What I’ve Done’
14. ‘QWERTY’
15. ‘One Step Closer’
16. ‘New Divide’
17. ‘Leave Out All The Rest’
18. ‘Lost’
19. ‘Numb’
20. ‘Friendly Fire’

As well as his work on Linkin Park projects, Mike Shinoda also shared the solo single ‘Already Over’ last year– a song which he then went on to re-record alongside other artists from across the globe.

Speaking to NME last year, he also reflected on the response to the track, and how the idea for the collaborations arose.

“With ‘Already Over’, I played all the instruments and I was like ‘Well, OK, it’s such a live-sounding song. Should I go on tour? Should I put together some musicians to do a live show?’ Then I realised now is not the time to go tour for me. I want to stay in the studio and make some more things musically,” he explained.

“I don’t want to put together a band, and I don’t want to go on tour, but I do want to play it live. So myself and a few other people on my team were able to come up with this format of putting together multiple sessions. We call it the ‘Already Over sessions’.”

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Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium announce The Poisoned Ascendancy joint UK tour for 2025

The tour is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Bullet For My Valentine’s ‘The Poisoned’ LP and Trivium’s ‘Ascendancy’

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Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium have announced a 2025 joint UK arena tour titled ‘The Poisoned Ascendancy’.

The two bands have revealed details of their joint UK tour which is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Bullet For My Valentine’s ‘The Poisoned’ LP and Trivium’s ‘Ascendancy’ album. The tour will see both bands play each album in their entirety.

To kick off the tour, the bands will play their first show at the Utilita Arena in Cardiff on January 26, 2025. From there, they will make stops in Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham before wrapping up at The O2 in London on February 1, 2025.

General ticket sale for the ‘The Poisoned Ascendancy’ 2025 UK arena tour will commence on Friday, March 1 at 10am local time. Visit here for tickets and check out the full list of dates below.

Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium ‘The Poisoned Ascendancy’ tour poster. Credit: PRESS

Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium ‘The Poisoned Ascendancy’ 2025 UK tour dates are:

JANUARY 2025
26 – Utilita Arena, Cardiff
28 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
30 – Co-op Live, Manchester
31 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham

FEBRUARY 2025
1 – The O2, London

“I honestly can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the release of The Poison, and what an incredible 20 years it’s been”, said BFMV frontman Matt Tuck in a press release.

He continued: “I feel so proud of what we’ve achieved as a band in the last two decades and it all started with that debut album. The Poison is such an important part of our lives musically and personally and we know the massive impact it had on the metal world on a global level. This tour will be made even more special as our brothers in Trivium are also joining us on the road to celebrate and play in its entirety their stunning album Ascendancy.”

“Bullet For My Valentine’s ‘The Poison’ and Trivium’s ‘Ascendancy’ are two records whose influence can be heard to this day – in the DNA of modern metal,” added Trivium frontman Matt Heafy.

“It’s incredible to think of the impact the albums had when they came out in 2005. They were both like bolts of lightning. Both bands grew up independently of each other in different countries and separately from any movement or scene but both shared a common love of melodic heavy metal at the core; and both had similar meteoric rises right out of the gate,” he shared.

Matthew Tuck, Michael Padget, Jason James and Michael Thomas of Bullet For My Valentine pose in the awards room at The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards at The Astoria 13, 2005 in London, England. The annual tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony is organised by Metal Hammer magazine. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

He continued: “Trivium and BFMV were in such whirlwinds when our respective albums came out that we each never truly got to play together or sit back and celebrate during the maelstrom of constant touring, recording and globetrotting. But that’s what this anniversary tour is. It’s a celebration by the bands to the fans of an important era, and most importantly it’s an invitation to fans come and have an epic night with us and sing and rage and celebrate the awesome power of the music.”

“This is going to be the metal tour of 2025,” concluded Tuck. “Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium The Poisoned Ascendancy World Tour 2025. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of both albums and playing them in their entirety. Get excited people, it’s going to be special and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all.”

The announcement of the joint tour comes two days after speculation that the two were set to join forces after they each shared a very similar set of posts online, hinting to fans that a new announcement was on the way.

On February 20, both bands posted nine photos onto their respective Instagram accounts at the same time. For Trivium, the nine images made up the cover artwork for their second studio album ‘Ascendancy’, when put together, while Bullet For My Valentine’s made up the artwork for their debut LP ‘The Poison’.

Photo of Matt HEAFY and Corey BEAULIEU and TRIVIUM and Travis SMITH and Paulo GREGOLETTO; L-R: Corey Beaulieu, Travis Smith, Matt Heafy, Paulo Gregoletto – posed, group shot, studio (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)

As well as posting the same format at the exact same time, the update also comes as both of the albums will be turning 20 next year – hinting that some form of anniversary celebration is lined up for 2025.

In other Trivium news, Matt Heafy confirmed last year that the American band had no current plans to work on new music, and were apparently ready to take a hiatus following a 2023 tour.

“This time, when this tour cycle ends, we’re gonna take a true break, and instead of working on music, we’re actually gonna work on building our Hangar studio, so that way when it comes time to make records, we can do that again,” he said at the time. “But there are currently no plans for a new record. And I’m not being deceitful there. There’s no plans right now.”

The hangar he refers to is Trivium’s current home base in Orlando, Florida.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij dies, aged 49

He joined the symphonic heavy metal band for 17 of their tours

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Vitalij Kuprij, a keyboardist famed for his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has died. He was aged 49.

The news of his death was shared by his longtime friend and musical collaborator, Lars Eric Mattsson, a guitarist and producer from Finland.

According to the update, the renowned Ukrainian-American keyboardist died on Tuesday (February 20), aged 49. A cause of death has not yet been announced.

“Woke up to really sad news this morning as my dear friend and keyboard maestro Vitalij Kuprij has passed away last night,” Mattsson said. “The Ukranian-born virtuoso was living in Philadelphia and recently came off another hugely successful tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.”

“I have known and worked with Vitalij for over 20 years and he always talked about seeing me here in Finland to go fishing, which was his second love after music,” he added “We have recorded together several times, first time was for the debut album of ‘Book of Reflections’ 20 years ago and then later for my MATTSSON concept album ‘War’…. You will be deeply missed my friend!”

Kuprij was born in 1974 and gained recognition as a musician predominantly through his work with the symphonic heavy metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

He performed with the group as a full-time member between 2009 and 2019, and then rejoined the line-up in 2021 for a seasonal tour. His latest stint with them came just a matter of months ago, when he hit the stage with them throughout November and December 2023.

Alongside his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Kuprij was also part of the neoclassical metal group Artension during the late ‘90s, as well as Ring Of Fire – which was fronted by Mark Boals – and the Vivaldi Metal project.

Following news of his passing, Trans-Siberian Orchestra took to X (formerly Twitter) to share a statement. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and bandmate, Vitalij Kuprij. His flawless and energetic performances consistently captivated audiences, and many of you came to know and love him as much as we did,” they wrote. “Rest in peace, VK.”

Record label Frontiers Music also took to social media to share that they were mourning the loss of the “keyboard-maestro”, writing: “His stunning skills were featured in 8 albums with Artension and Ring of Fire, and we are forever grateful for the beautiful music he shared with us.”

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Slayer reunite and announce first live shows in five years

In a surprise announcement, the band will headline two US festivals – Louder Than Life and Riot Fest – this September

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Slayer are getting back together for their first live appearances in half a decade.

The thrash metal legends announced their retirement in 2019 and marked the end of their near-four decade career with a lengthy farewell world tour.

Until now, a Slayer reunion had been looking rather unlikely, especially since Kerry King had announced a solo album, ‘From Hell I Rise’, just weeks ago. He had previously described his new endeavour as “an extension of Slayer”.

Hopes of a reunion were also dashed when King told Rolling Stone that he said he could “pretty much say a hundred per cent no” to the chances of it happening. He also mentioned that he had not spoken to co-founder Tom Araya since Slayer’s final show, whereas he had been in contact with the band’s other members.

Now, in a surprise turn of events, Slayer will be headlining two festivals this September, namely Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky, and Riot Fest in Chicago.

The line-up will be the same as it was when the band ended, featuring co-founders King and Tom Araya, guitarist Gary Holt (also of Exodus) and drummer Paul Bostaph.

“Nothing compares to the 90 minutes when we’re on stage playing live, sharing that intense energy with our fans,” Araya said in a statement [via Revolver]. “And to be honest, we have missed that.”

King added: “Have I missed playing live? Absolutely. Slayer means a lot to our fans; they mean a lot to us. It will be five years since we have seen them.”

King previously expressed regret over the end of Slayer, admitting in 2021 that he thinks they “quit too early” and he hated not playing music.

He echoed that sentiment in another interview last year, telling Metal Hammer that the split was “premature”.

“The reason I say ‘premature’ is because my heroes from my childhood are still playing! I can still play, I still want to play, but that livelihood got taken away from me,” he said.

More recently, however, he hit out at former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, saying that the drummer is “dead to me”. He also revealed that he hadn’t spoken to Lombardo since Slayer fired him in 2013.

“He went on that tirade when we were on a flight to Australia, and he knew we couldn’t retort for 14 hours, and he threw me under the bus,” said King. “I was the only one keeping him in the band. Tom [Araya] wanted him out before that, and [the late] Jeff [Hanneman] had just gotten the spider bite, so he wasn’t playing with us much. I said, ‘We need [Dave]. The fans won’t get it if we replace him right now.’ And then the Australia thing came up. He threw me under the bus, and I’m like, ‘I’m the guy that kept you here.’ So I thought, ‘Fuck that guy.’”

 

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Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium are teasing something together

The hints online suggest a collaboration may be on the way to celebrate album anniversaries

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It seems a new announcement from Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium is on the horizon.

Speculation that the two are set to join forces comes following them each sharing a very similar set of posts online, hinting to fans that a new announcement is on the way.

Yesterday (February 20), both bands posted nine photos onto their respective Instagram accounts at the same time. For Trivium, the nine images made up the cover artwork for their second studio album ‘Ascendancy’, when put together, while Bullet For My Valentine’s made up the artwork for their debut LP ‘The Poison’.

As well as posting the same format at the exact same time, the update also comes as both of the albums will be turning 20 next year – hinting that some form of anniversary celebration is lined up for 2025.

Screenshot of Trivium’s Instagram page. CREDIT: @triviumband/Instagram
Screenshot of Bullet For My Valentine’s Instagram. CREDIT: @bfmvofficial/Instagram

Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has spoken previously about a potential announcement to celebrate 20 years of the sophomore album. Last summer, he discussed the upcoming milestone in an interview with Metal Hammer, and revealed that he was planning something for it.

“We should probably do something about that,” he said (via Blabbermouth). “I always love to leave some kind of Easter egg that’s very public, but I don’t know what I’m saying. We’ll have to see what that means.”

Similarly, in December, Bullet For My Valentine singer Matt Tuck hinted at a tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘The Poison’.

“We have a massive announcement to make soon that will make 2025 be a very special year for us so stay tuned for that,” he wrote in a social media post.

The band’s guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget shared a similar sentiment in an interview last summer, telling the Mike James Rock Show that the band would be writing an album in 2024, and then will “be back” in 2025 to mark the “anniversary of something big” (via Blabbermouth).

If the two bands were to announce something along the lines of a co-headline tour to mark the 2005 albums, it would see them appear on stage together for the first time since last November, when Heafy joined the Welsh band on stage at Hard Rock Live to perform the song ‘Tears Don’t Fall’, which originally appeared on ‘The Poison’’.

In other Trivium news, Matt Heafy confirmed last year that the American band had no current plans to work on new music, and were apparently ready to take a hiatus following a 2023 tour.

“This time, when this tour cycle ends, we’re gonna take a true break, and instead of working on music, we’re actually gonna work on building our Hangar studio, so that way when it comes time to make records, we can do that again,” he said at the time. “But there are currently no plans for a new record. And I’m not being deceitful there. There’s no plans right now.”

The hangar he refers to is Trivium’s current home base in Orlando, Florida.

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Power Trip announce return with new singer

The band have been announced for the inaugural No Values festival in June

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Texas thrash metal band Power Trip have announced their return later this year with a new singer.

Yesterday (February 20), the band took to social media to announce their return, confirming that they will be performing at the inaugural No Values festival in June in California.

In a lengthy post, the band reflected on the past four years and dealing with the death of frontman Riley Gale in 2020. The band – guitarists Blake Ibanez and Nick Stewart, bassist Chris Whetzel and drummer Chris Ulsh – wrote: “Nearly four years ago to the day, unbeknownst to us, we would perform for the last time as Power Trip. It has been a difficult road since then, marked by deep pain, grief, and everything else that came with losing our brother Riley.”

“We know this can’t be undone, and it will always remain part of us. We have thought deeply about the future of Power Trip and what always comes back to us is that this band was founded on resilience, perseverance, and most importantly: a love for the music and for all of the people it has brought us closer to along the way.”

Power Trip continued: “We’ll never have the words to convey our appreciation of the enduring support we’ve received over the years, and we feel as though the time is right to get back on stage for all of you who’ve been there throughout our existence as a band.”

They then confirmed their attendance at No Values, and that Seth Gilmore of Fugitive and Skourge will take on vocal duties for a string of shows after. The band have yet to announced their upcoming performance dates.

Seth Gilmore previously joined the band for five songs when Power Trip reunited for a surprise gig in December last year. It marked the first performance from the thrash metal band since the unexpected death of frontman Riley Gale in 2020. Aged 34, Gale was later confirmed to have died of an accidental overdose from the “toxic effects” of fentanyl.

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Listen to Fever 333’s blistering new single ‘Ready Rock’

It is the second track shared from the newly revamped line-up

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Fever 333 have shared a blistering new single titled ‘Ready Rock’ – check it out below.

The track marks the latest single to be shared from the American band’s forthcoming album. At time of writing, the title of the upcoming LP is still unknown, however, it is set to arrive later in 2024 via Century Media.

In ‘Ready Rock’, frontman Jason Aalon Butler and co. play homage to the Black artists who founded rock n’ roll, and use their signature heavy sound to shed light on the musicians that came before them but were denied due credit.

“With this month (February) being Black History Month, ‘Ready Rock’ pays homage to black artists of the past that unequivocally built rock n’ roll into what it is today. Fever bring light to the lineage of iconic rock sounds and sonics that have often gone uncredited to their proper black creators, with the assertion, Rock Music is Black Music,” reads a press release.

‘Ready Rock’ was produced by Fever 333, and features co-production from both the Grammy Award-winning Beach Noise (Kendrick Lamar, Baby Keem) and Glassjaw’s Justin Beck. Check it out below.

The newly shared single also marks the second track to be shared from the group following a major line-up change last year.

Following the departures of guitarist Stephen Harrison and drummer Aric Improta, Butler recruited Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta) as the new drummer, viral sensation April Kae on bass, and Brandon Davis on guitar, to form the revamped line-up.

The first track they shared was ‘$wing’, which arrived back in May 2023 and marked their first new music in three years.

Currently, Fever 333 are embarking on a series of live shows with Enter Shikari as part of the latter’s UK and European tour. The dates are set to continue up until the end of the month, with the final scheduled show taking place in Munich, Germany next Wednesday (February 28). Visit here for remaining tickets.

As of now, Butler and Co. only have one show planned for North America – a slot at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 20.

In other Fever 333 news, last month the frontman joined forces with Enter Shikari once again, this time sharing a collaborative track called ‘Losing My Grip’.

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