Posted earlier today, Noisecreep writer Jon Wiederhorn expounds, "A couple days after the release of Trivium's 'Shattering the Skies Above,' the band's first release that doesn't feature original drummer Travis Smith, frontman Matt Heafy opened up about why Trivium let Smith go and how the band is flourishing with Smith's replacement, former drum tech Nick Augusto (Maruta).

"We were coming to the point where the band was -- not necessarily dissolving -- but dissolving in creativity and maybe in live fire and energy, so we had to make a change for the positive," Heafy told Noisecreep. "Thankfully, we were able to find Nick, who was able to step it up and really be that guy to take us to the next level."

While Trivium's relationship with Smith had deteriorated over the years, the band had no immediate plans to replace him when he announced in late October 2009 that he would be sitting out the 'Into the Mouth of Hell' tour to take care of "some personal business." It wasn't until after the band members started playing with Augusto on the tour that they realized the injection of new blood served Trivium well."

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