In a new interview with Metal Wani, TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy recalled meeting two metal legends, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson and Ronnie James Dio, on separate occasions a decade and a half ago.
“We were interviewed on Bruce Dickinson‘s radio show in 2006, [when we were promoting] The Crusade. And I remember I was, like, ‘I’ve gotta talk to this guy about vocals,” Heafy said. “I asked him all these questions about vocals, and what he told me in the end was, like, ‘I believe someday your voice will develop to be something like Ronnie James Dio.’ That’s what Bruce Dickinson said to me. I was, like, ‘Thanks, man.’ It stuck with me forever.
He continued: “Then, [in October] 2007, we’re playing [a show in Japan opening for] HEAVEN & HELL and I’m able to meet Dio. I told Dio that same story. I said, ‘Bruce Dickinson said someday I’d have a voice like you.’ Ronnie James Dio laughs, smiles and he goes, ‘You know, Bruce finally admitted I’m one of his heroes.’ And that was kind of the end of that. And we shared a glass of wine together. And that was just a very trippy night.”
TRIVIUM‘s tenth studio album, In the Court of the Dragon, was released on October 8, 2021, through Roadrunner Records and was produced by Josh Wilbur. Lyrical content of the album is based on mythology inspired by fantasy literature. Instead of focusing on existing mythologies, the band decided to explore and create its own mythology within TRIVIUM.