Formed in 1999 by guitarist Brent Young, the original line-up of this Orlando, Florida-based alternative metal band had completely changed by the following year, with Young switching to bass and recruiting teenager Matt Heafy (Matthew Kiichi Heafy, 26 January 1986, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan; vocals/guitar) and Travis Smith (b. 29 April 1982, Bainbridge, Georgia, USA; drums). The new look line-up quickly established a presence on the US rock circuit with their fast-paced blend of thrash and progressive metal given a contemporary edge by the 16-year old Heafys guitar work. A 7-track demo EP followed at the start of 2003 before the trio signed to the German label Lifeforce and released Ember To Inferno. The debut album was an immediate hit with metalcore fans although the band was at pains to reject any association with such a transient music scene.
Personnel changes saw Paolo Gregoletto replace Young and additional guitarist Corey Beaulieu (b. 22 November 1983, Brunswick, Maine, USA) brought in to complement Heafy. The band signed a new recording contract with established metal label Roadrunner Records and spent 2004 touring with Fear Factory, Machine Head and Iced Earth. The excellent Ascendancy was released in spring 2005 and entered both the US and UK charts shortly afterwards, confirming Triviums rapid rise to mainstream popularity. During the same year they played on the Roadrage and Ozzfest tours and played numerous support slots. Their third album, The Crusade, shot into the US Top 30 and UK Top 10 in late 2006. The album was a marked departure from their earlier releases, with Heafy ditching the thrash/metalcore screamed vocals in favour of a low singing voice uncannily similar to Metallicas James Hetfield.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.