New York, NY: Trivium‘s latest album In Waves had landed at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, moving over 20,000 copies its first week in stores. The band also occupied the #1 slot on both Hard Music charts. The album also charted in Japan #6; in Germany at #8; in Australia at #9; and in the UK at #17, illustrating the global reception of In Waves.
The band capped off an intense week by embarking on a special, “release day” tour which took them to three countries on two different continents in the span of a few days. It was an chaotic schedule that saw Trivium playing to over 100,000 fans along the way.
Here’s a release week recap: Trivium, who have been spending their summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which was their second appearance on the tour, flew to Germany in the middle of the tour to perform at Wacken Open Air on Friday, August 5th, which was the German release day for In Waves. The Wacken performance was filmed and webcast worldwide in real time with the festival. Their performance was then re-broadcast on German national TV this past Friday. Wacken was a landmark show in Trivium’s career, as it was the foursome’s biggest show to date, with over 80,000 in attendance for their main stage performance.
On Saturday, August 6th, the band flew to England for their UK release show. They celebrated by supporting Iron Maiden at the o2 Arena, on the final date of Maiden’s current world tour. Over 18,000 metalheads turned out for this sold-out spectacle.
While barely catching their breath, the band then hopped a flight back to the US, to resume their dates on the Mayhem fest, playing their domestic release date show on the main stage at The Zoo Amphitheater in Oklahoma City, OK.
Frontman Matt Heafy said, “Trivium want to thank our amazing fans around the globe both old and new for their support of our latest project In Waves. We’re blown away by the worldwide fan reaction and without you none of this is possible. It’s great to see metal make it into the global album charts where some say metal music doesn’t belong but this says it’s alive and well.”
Heafy continued, “We also want to thank all of the crazy fans who came to see us on our release day show odyssey. It’s rare that a band gets to play more than one (if even one) show on the day of their album release date, but we did three! We played to an incredible crowd in Germany at Wacken Open Air with Judas Priest for the German release; then a show in England the next night with Iron Maiden for the UK release; and then two nights later a main stage show in Oklahoma City, OK with the Mayhem Festival for the US release. Through all the travel and about nine hours of sleep in total, it was completely worth it to spread the word of In Waves and live and breathe the music with our fans.”
Mayhem wrapped over the weekend and the band, which was recently profiled in Billboard, which celebrated Trivium for their “evolving its sound. will resume touring again next month, supporting labelmates in Dream Theater in North America. Later this year, they will tour across Europe with In Flames, including headlining the UK Metal Hammer Defenders of the Faith Tour.