As Download fans the world over flock to snap up tickets for the most metal bill imaginable the race is on to join headliners Black Sabbath and Metallica in Donington next summer.

And Trivium guitarist Corey Beauliue has admitted self-styled Defenders Of The Faith Trivium are at the front of the queue when it comes to pushing their Download claims. Speaking exclusively to rushonrock, the shredder supreme revealed: “Our manager is talking to the festival organisers as we speak.

“Download is the only UK festival we’ve ever played and it has a very special place in our hearts.

“It really launched us as a band and of course I’m hoping we play there next summer – on the same day as Metallica!

“I’d love to see them play the Black album there. It will be something very special.

“But it’s this time of the year when we’re going through all the booking stuff for the summer and it’s a case of keeping our fingers crossed.

“Now that the organisers have two of the three headliners confirmed it should start to fall into place a bit quicker for everyone else – that’s normally the way it works.

“Hopefully you’ll see Trivium at Download in 2012. It’s always been such a big deal for us and it still is.”

Trivium headline the 2011 Defenders Of The Faith tour across the UK next month stopping off at the following venues:

01 Dec 2011 Southampton Guildhall
02 Dec 2011 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
03 Dec 2011 Manchester Academy
04 Dec 2011 O2 Academy Brixton
06 Dec 2011 O2 Academy Glasgow
07 Dec 2011 O2 Academy Newcastle
08 Dec 2011 Plymouth Pavilions
Look out for a full and exclusive interview with Corey Beaulieu right here soon!