Meet the new guy.
Trivium have unveiled their new drummer.
Paul Wandtke has taken over from Mat Madiro, with the band saying, "we felt at this time we needed to make a change."
And talk about being thrown in at the deep end - Paul's first show with the band was at Knotfest Mexico in front of 40,000 people.
We did it. Four solid rehearsals and we rocked to 40,000 people at Knotfest in Mexico City. I'm the new cat on the skins for the heavy metal titans Trivium. This is an unofficial post. Official press release via Trivium and Roadrunner soon. Thank you to Dream Theater for hooking us up. This is life changing. Expect a whole revamp on my site in the coming months an sponsors via www.paulwandtke.com Never Quit, be yourself, and most importantly party on.
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Check out the band's message to fans about Paul's hiring below.
"We are writing this to let you all know that Trivium has amicably parted ways with Mat Madiro as our drummer.
Mat stepped up for us at a dire moment where it was either leave a tour, or carry on. With Mat, we will forever be eternally grateful of everything he helped us out with. Mat’s time filling in for us was much appreciated.
Creatively though, we felt at this time we needed to make a change. And every change, every difficult decision and every evolution that Trivium has either decided, or been forced to make has been for the necessary for us to continue on as a functioning band. The things that go on behind the scenes that directly involve the Trivium members aren't always apparent from an outside fan’s perspective.
With that said our new drummer is Paul Wandtke from Chicago,IL. With Paul, we took our careful time deciding exactly what had to happen and how.
We spent our time checking out, trying out and feeling out many drummers this time around. After much deliberation, Paolo said to Matt one day "you should hit up John Petrucci and see if he has an ideas." We figured our friend John may have some ideas from the Berklee-world.
John brought Mike Mangini into the conversation and within minutes of describing our conundrum to Mike, he had a name: Paul Wandkte. Paul studied under Mike at Berklee, and obviously made an impression on a man we consider to be one of the greatest drummers on the planet.
Paul made his debut with us in thunderous fashion this past weekend by playing to 40,000 fans at Knotfest Mexico. And he nailed it. We hope to work with Paul for a long time and we hope the Trivium fans around the world welcome him with open arms.
Says Paul, "I was blown away when Trivium had contacted me. I have been looking for a place to call home all my life, a home of brothers with similar tastes in music, musicianship and goals. I'd like to thank Dream Theater's Mike Mangini for getting us in contact. I couldn't be happier, this is literally life changing. Never give up, be yourself and rock on."