There’s no such thing as a band born to greatness. To succeed in the world of music there’s a whole energy-sapping storm of hard work to plough through. Florida’s Trivium has surely earned the major contender status that has been afforded them by the international media. Trivium’s sophomore release (and Roadrunner debut) Ascendancy (now certified Gold in the U.K.) made them a hit with discerning music fans everywhere, The album garnered a large number of frothing, ultra-positive reviews throughout the music press around the world, including Metal Hammer, Rock Sound and Kerrang , who declared Ascendancy album of the year. Trivium soon graced the covers of a lot of these magazines and picked up a fistful of coveted awards, including ‘Best International Newcomer’ at the 2005 Kerrang! Awards ceremony and several Metal Hammer Golden God statuettes. 2006’s follow-up, The Crusade was a faithful account of a great young band’s swift and bewildering evolution, from up-and-comer to world-beating behemoth, and delivered their first UK Top 10 album. More touring followed – first on a gargantuan Arena tour with their Metal heroes Iron Maiden and then a sold-out UK headlining tour that culminated at London’s infamous Hammersmith Apollo. 2008 sees Trivium change it up yet again on ‘Shogun’, choosing not to record in the familiar environs of their home state of Florida. Instead the band headed to Nashville, Tennessee to work with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Stone Sour). The result is a monolithic album that crystallizes the band’s sound and showcases Trivium’s finest elements. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy is thrilled with the album, saying, “We made a cohesive, epic metal album that combines all of the ingredients of everything we feel we have ever done ‘right’ musically, while adding a new direction that the music called for. We had so much fun creating this album and hope our fans feel that energy when they listen.” Even Slayer’s Kerry King, an undisputed heavy metal god, expressed excitement about touring with the band this fall on the “Unholy Alliance: Chapter 3” European tour. He commented to the UK’s Total Guitar magazine, “I’ll be at the side of the stage watching them. Great players like that make us want to do better.” Looks like the metal community is waiting with baited breath for Shogun.