Single Slam – Kill the Poor by Trivium

Florida based metallers, Trivium have released another new single, this time covering The Dead Kennedy’s 1980 track, Kill The Poor.

Trivium, or Roadrunner, have really been pushing Trivium out there in recent weeks. A month back we were treated to a decent cover of Type O Negative’s I Don’t Wanna Be Me. You can read more about that release here. That was followed by Drowning in the Sound, a couple weeks ago. You can read about that one here. Drowning in the Sound was a song that didn’t make the cut for the band’s most recent album, The Sin and the Sentence. You can read our thoughts on that one here.

Kill the Poor

So another week, another cover. Kill the Poor was released as a single by The Dead Kennedy’s in 1980. It was then used as the opener on their debut album, Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables. An album that went on to be their best selling, and most critically acclaimed album. Trivium are no strangers to a cover. The band openly talk about their admiration for these bands and have covered loads of songs as a band or individually on social media. Everything gets a look in from a recent acoustic cover of Slipknot’s Unsainted to Master of Puppets to REM’s Losing my Religion.

You can check out the new track below. I am not loving it really. I like Trivium a lot and while they have done a decent job of covering Kill the Poor, it comes across very Trivium. Very clean and tidily produced and lacking the raw punk energy and enthusiasm from the original. I get that, with a  cover, you are making a song your own. At that they succeed. Matt sounds fine with the vocals and the guitar solo is wicked but it isn’t really a song I will return to much. Not while I can play the original. One for the super fans I guess.

Kill the Poor is out now on all the usual streaming platforms.


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  • Brendan Fisher

    Owner/Editor/Writer/YouTuber - Heavy Metal and reading, two things I have always loved so they are the two areas you will find most of my reviews. Post apocalyptic is my jam and I always have a book on the go and have for decades now. From a metal perspective, age has softened my inadequacies and I now operate with an open mind, loving many bands from many sub genres but having a particular admiration for the UK underground scene. In my other time, when not focused on Dad duties and work, I try to support the craft beer movement by drinking as much of it as I can and you will also find me out on the streets, walking. I love walking, I love exploring new places and snapping nature photos as I go.

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