Despite the extended delay Heaven Shall Burn will stick around for the trek with Malevolence opening the dates.
The bad news is Trivium is being forced to postpone their trip across the pond for the UK and European leg of their Dead Men & Dragons Tour.
Initially scheduled for next month, Trivium was set to be one of the first of the genre’s mainstays to travel internationally to resume touring. Linking with Heaven Shall Burn, Tesseract and Fit For An Autopsy, the run was among the most anticipated of the final quarter of 2021.
However, with border crossing and international travel still in a state of flux due to various Covid-19 restrictions, the band is now being forced to delay their visit to Europe and the UK more than a full calendar year.
“We are deeply disappointed that we have to postpone these dates as we were determined to be one of the first international acts to resume touring across Europe,” explains Paolo Gregoletto. “Unfortunately with the uncertainty of cross border travel and restrictions it’s become impossible for these dates to proceed as planned. We can assure you we were doing everything up until the last minute to figure out a way to do the shows and it wasn’t a decision we made lightly.
While the band news is that January of 2023 seems light years away, the good news is that the band will have not one, but two news albums worth of material to showcase when they finally do arrive. Trivium recently debuted their tenth studio release with In The Court of the Dragon. Among the album’s initial accolades, ITCOTD climbed to number 71 on the Billboard 200 and earned number 5 on total album sales, and the number 1 spot for both current rock album and current hard music categories.
Additionally, the change in dates comes with a slight personnel shift. While Heaven Shall Burn has confirmed they will continue to serve as the tour’s direct supporting act, Malevolence will now begin each night as the tour’s opener. Trivium frontman Matt Heafy spoke highly of the new addition saying Malevolence are “a band that will take over the heavy music world.”
Heafy continued, “Paolo introduced me to their music, and I have had it on repeat ever since. Malevolence have created a sound completely and uniquely their own; and it’s monumentally fantastic. Mark my words, they’re gonna take the metal, hardcore, metalcore, and punk worlds over by force. We are excited to have them on our tour.”