The artwork for "Kirisute Gomen", the first song to be released from TRIVIUM's new album "Shogun", can be viewed below. The track will be available for 24 hours as an MP3 download from all Roadrunner and TRIVIUM web sites from Thursday, July 31 at midnight EST (5:00 a.m. UK time).
The download precedes two upcoming single releases. August 11 will see the digital release of "Into The Mouth Of Hell We March", which is also featured on the "Madden NFL 09" soundtrack, and September 1 sees the digital release of "Down From The Sky".
TRIVIUM last week shot a video for "Down From The Sky" with director Ramon Boutviseth. Guitarist Corey Beaulieu told UK's Rock Sound magazine, "We want to make a video that will crush every single music video we have ever made. We want this video to capture our energy and establish us as a bunch of hot, tanned guys from Florida with baby arms in our pants."
According to MTV, Boutviseth got his big break when he won PAPA ROACH's "Make Your Own 'Forever' Video" contest in June 2007. While the ROACH had already shot their own performance video, they were so taken by his submission they asked him to mix the live footage with his original storyline. Boutviseth has also shot videos for TRIVIUM's "Becoming the Dragon", SANCTITY's "Beneath the Machine" and "Beloved Killer", SEEMLESS' "Cast No Shadow" and DAYLIGHT DIES' "Lies that Bind".
TRIVIUM tapped Colin Richardson (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, NAPALM DEATH) to mix "Shogun", which is scheduled for release on September 30 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was mixed in London, with Jeff Rose and Martin "Ginge" Ford assisting on engineering duties.
"Shogun" track listing:
01. Kirisute Gomen
02. Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis
03. Down From The Sky
05. Into The Mouth Of Hell We March
06. Throes Of Perdition
07. He Who Spawned the Furies
08. Of Prometheus And The Crucifix
09. The Calamity
10. Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven
TRIVIUM reportedly wrote around 40 songs last year and demoed the best 15 or so before commencing the new LP recording sessions. "When we went in, we thought, 'Hey, these songs are good enogh for the album already,' but we've overhauled almost everything," Heafy told Revolver magazine. "Nick has encouraged us to explore so many new ideas that we never would have thought of."
In a previous interview with Revolver, guitarist Corey Beaulieu stated about the upcoming CD, "We want to capture the best ingredients of everything we've done. Each song has a little bit of everything, going between something heavy and then melodic, and then back to something heavy. So it has a really interesting balance. On 'The Crusade', Matt did almost all singing, so this time we're bringing back some of the screaming that's on [2005's] 'Ascendancy'."