Updated: Feb 3
Toronto, Ontario - Earlier this year in May, I shot my first arena/stadium show for Digital Beat Magazine. The headliner that night was Megadeth, and one of the supporting bands was a 4 piece from Orlando, Florida called Trivium. Earlier in October, Trivium hit the road for their own headlining tour in support of their most recent album release In the Court of the Dragon, their 10th. Although the album was released in 2021, the band had been busy with the aforementioned "Metal Tour of the Year" with Megadeth and Lamb of God. The other bands in tow for this tour are Between the Buried and Me, Whitechapel and Khemmis, making this a highly anticipated tour.
On October 25, the tour hit Canada's largest city of Toronto. The venue? Rebel Toronto, a superbly located concert hall at Toronto's iconic Polson Pier. It's a location that offers a grand view of Toronto's skyline, one of which I am extremely fond. While the venue has had a number of name changes over the year, it's a location that Trivium frontman Matt Heafy tells us the band had not played since 2005. At that time, the band was very early in their careers having released their debut album Ember to Inferno in 2003 and then Ascendency in 2005. Matt fondly tells the Rebel crowd "Look at where we've come!!" No truer words could be spoken for these Floridians. With a grammy nomination under their belts, the band has clearly made head roads in their career.
The tour kicked off in Boise, ID on October 2, 2022 and will see the band hit 30 North American cities, closing off in Mexico in December. Of the 30 dates, the tour hit 5 Canadian cities. Like most metal shows in Toronto this year, the venue was packed solid. Matt Heafy let the crowd know that the best Canadian crowd they had played for thus far on this tour was Calgary, AB on October 6. Matt also let the crowd know that the next stop would be old Toronto nemesis, Montreal. There is not much love lost between these 2 cities and the Toronto faithful let out a raucous "BOOOOO", and that wasn't a Halloween homage! The Toronto crowd wasn't going to let Montreal or Calgary get the best of them, as they were completely insane from the get go. Security was very busy on this night to ensure the safe landing of the body surfers, as they streamed over the barricade, one after the other.
The tour continues to South America in December and heads over seas to Europe in the new year for an additional 32 dates.
The energy at a metal show is unprecedented, especially when the band is on point. Twice this year I have witnessed what Trivium brings to a live show, and it's nothing less than electric.
What the Dead Men Say Into the Mouth of Hell We March The Sin and the Sentence Like Light to the Flies Amongst the Shadows & the Stones Chaos Reigns The Shadow of the Abattoir In the Court of the Dragon To the Rats The Heart From Your Hate Shogun A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation In Waves
show date: October 25, 2022