After a successful stint with his adopted band across America, drummer Nick Augusto has won one of the hottest seats in metal for good.

A more than useful stand-in on the US leg of Trivium’s Into The Mouth Of Hell We Tour trek, the skinsman appears on new track Shattering The Skies Above.

And singer Matt Heafy today confirmed Augusto has replaced Travis Smith for good. “We’re really happy to have our good friend and fellow Floridian Nick Augusto join the Trivium family,” he said.

“Nick’s drumming is very technical and diverse and he brings a real intense energy to the band and we can’t wait for everyone to hear the new song, Shattering The Skies Above, that we just recorded with Nick.

“I think it’s the best Trivium recording we’ve ever done. It’s raw, full of energy, and I think Nick’s drumming really pushed us to a new level.”

Trivium’s UK tour dates – with special guests Chimaira, Whitechapel, and Rise To Remain – are as follows:

Fri 5th Mar – CARDIFF University

Sat 6th Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City

Sun 7th Mar – STOKE Victoria Hall

Mon 8th Mar – LEEDS Met Uni

Wed 10th Mar – NEWCASTLE Academy

Thu 11th Mar – INVERNESS Ironworks

Fri 12th Mar – GLASGOW Barrowlands

Sat 13th Mar – MANCHESTER Academy

Sun 14th Mar – NORWICH UEA

Tue 16th Mar – PORTSMOUTH Pyramid Centre

Wed 17th Mar – LONDON Koko

Thu 18th Mar – LONDON Koko

Sat 20th Mar – OXFORD Academy

Mon 22nd Mar – FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall

Tue 23rd Mar – WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall

Wed 24th Mar – BRISTOL Academy