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Band also reveal they would have split had drummer Travis Smith not left the band

Trivium have announced a seven date UK tour for December.

The Florida metal titans, who recently completed work on new album ‘In Waves’, will kick off the dates at Southampton Guildhall on December 1 and complete the trek at Plymouth Pavillions on December 8.

The band also recently revealed they would probably have split up had former drummer Travis Smith not left the band.

In an interview with Artisan News, vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy explained that he was: “…not pointing any finger, but if the old line-up had continued the band wouldn’t be around any more. The chemistry wasn’t there.”

Former drummer Smith was fired over the phone by Heafy in 2010, and was replaced by the band’s drum tech Nick Augusto shortly after. Augusto has contributed all the drum parts to ‘In Waves’.

“If we’d gone in to start working on this record, either absolutely nothing would have happened or it would have been a yelling, screaming match with fights,” said guitarist Corey Beaulieu about Smith‘s absence. “There would have been a lot of walking on eggshells then something would have happened.” Meanwhile “Every time he [Augusto] played a song the drums would be totally different because he tries every single beat over every riff, to see what worked and what didn’t. He can play all sorts of crazy shit.”

‘In Waves’ will be released on August 8 (in the UK) through Roadrunner Records.

Trivium will play:

Southampton Guildhall (December 1)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (2)
Manchester Academy (3)
O2 London Academy Brixton (4)
O2 Academy Glasgow (6)
O2 Academy Newcastle (7)
Plymouth Pavillions (8)

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