The veteran metal act Trivium has journeyed around the world as a supporting act for metal giants like Megadeth and Iron Maiden.
But bassist Paolo Gregoletto admits it’s interesting to switch gears to headliners.
“It’s definitely a transition to a different type of show,” Gregoletto says. “I feel like with (being) the headliner, we don’t have to rush through the set and we can kind of pick some deeper cuts from (the) back (of our) catalog for the real hardcore fans that have been waiting for a proper headliner for a long time.”
Though the band has between 75 and 90 minutes a night to rip through its set, Gregoletto says that isn’t enough time to scratch the surface of the band’s expansive discography — which grew by two albums during the pandemic with 2020’s “What The Dead Men Say” and 2021’s “In The Court of the Dragon.”
“We have a ton of material at this point, and the 75- to 90-minute set won’t even scratch the surface of all the songs we’d want to play live, so (the set) is a mix,” he says.
Because of this, Gregoletto says he loves drafting a set list for each tour.
“I would say (it’s a) fun challenge, but it is tough because we’re always fighting against having to play certain songs that are big songs that people want to hear, especially newer fans and going out and playing a ton of deep cuts,” he says. “It’s a fun challenge because it always makes me look forward to getting back out on tour again and it keeps us interested in what we do.”
Included in the mix have been five songs from the two new works while the rest of the set list will touch on five other recorded works in the band’s discography.
Gregoletto notices fans enjoy hearing “To the Rats,” a song from Trivium’s controversial 2006 album “The Crusade.”
“I feel like there’s a new energy around that record,” Gregoletto says. “It was our ‘black sheep’ record for a bit, and it’s had a new look from people who have (recently) gotten into us. And ‘To The Rats’ has been going over so good.”
Yet, the climax of the set is the title track off 2008’s “Shogun.”
“Shogun (is) sort of this big centerpiece for the set, I think, because it’s our third from the last song, but that song is basically three songs in one,” Gregoletto says. “It’s this big epic before we close it out with two more energetic songs.”
In addition to mixing new and old songs with an eclectic set list, Trivium has made some more aesthetic changes to its stage attire.
Most subtly, the band has brought amplifiers back onto the stage. More strikingly, Trivium will perform in front of a vibrant banner that is decorated with Japanese tattoo-style artwork and cloth coverings draped over the amplifiers that match the piece.
“I think this is probably one of our coolest-looking stage shows since it’s very colorful,” Gregoletto says. “It’s really fun to see because I think it just makes a different look for the show.
“With metal, it’s just black all the time. People wear a lot of black shirts and a lot of the artwork on stage is dark most of the time, and this just lights up the stage so differently.”
Because of the vibrant stage décor and mix of tunes, Gregoletto is looking forward to taking The Van Buren stage on Wednesday, November 9.
“This is definitely one of our more interesting sets, and if you’ve never seen us, you’re in for a really dynamic and energetic set,” he says.
Trivium w/Between The Buried And Me, Whitechapel and Khemmis
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 9
WHERE: The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix
COST: Tickets start at $39
INFO: trivium.org or thevanburenphx.com