- With While She Sleeps, Fit for an Autopsy; Friday, Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m.; 1902 Blake St., Denver, thesummitmusichall.com.
fter blowing out his voice at Rock on the Range in 2014, Trivium vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy not only recovered his singing voice, he massively improved. This year, he's been putting up humble acoustic covers on his YouTube channel, showing a surprising range and strength in his singing. And with 2017's The Sin and the Sentence, Trivium's eighth full-length, Heafy's harsh vox are back, brutal as ever and, according to interviews, more sustainable — his singing coach has worked wonders. New drummer Alex Bent (ex-Battlecross) has also injected a marked intensity into the band's new material. Heafy and lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu's harmony-filled acrobatics feel more ferocious than they've been in years.
The Florida quartet splits the headlining spot with Swedish-Canadian-American melodic death stalwarts Arch Enemy, currently touring their 10th studio album, Will to Power. For better or worse, guitarist Michael Amott's songwriting has never sounded more slick and polished. Reportedly, he, like fans, is a little sad that new lead guitarist/absurd shredder Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) didn't present song ideas until late in the writing process for the album. That said, Loomis and Amott are sure to set off more than enough sonic fireworks onstage together. Between them and Heafy/Beaulieu, this show's a must-see for fans of dueling guitar leads.