Paul Wandtke is the new drummer for Trivium

Paul Wandtke Trivium drum cam Knotfest debut show Dec 5th Mexico

We did it. Four solid rehearsals and we rocked to 40,000 people at Knotfest in Mexico City. I’m the new cat on the skins for the Orlando based heavy metal titans Trivium. This is an unofficial post. Official press release via Trivium and Roadrunner soon. Thank you to Dream Theater for hooking us up. This is life changing. Expect a whole revamp on my site in the coming months an sponsors via Never Quit, be yourself, and most importantly party on.

Paul Wandtke is the new drummer for Trivium making his debut via a surprise arrival at Knotfest on Dec 5th, 2015 to a crowd of 40,000 people. Keep up with Paul via

Paul Wandtke is a Chicago native of which has been to over 45 countries as a drummer. Paul studied at Berklee College of Music, is a columnist for such magazines as Modern Drummer and Sick Drummer Magazine and he has most recently drummed for the hit musical Rock of Ages. Visit Paul’s website at and like his FB page via



Official statement from Trivium: (taken from their online sites)

We are writing this to let you all know that Trivium has amicably parted ways with Mat Madiro as our drummer.

Mat stepped up for us at a dire moment where it was either leave a tour, or carry on. With Mat, we will forever be eternally grateful of everything he helped us out with. Mat’s time filling in for us was much appreciated.

Creatively though, we felt at this time we needed to make a change. And every change, every difficult decision and every evolution that Trivium has either decided, or been forced to make has been for the necessary for us to continue on as a functioning band. The things that go on behind the scenes that directly involve the Trivium members aren’t always apparent from an outside fan’s perspective.

With that said our new drummer is Paul Wandtke from Chicago,IL. With Paul, we took our careful time deciding exactly what had to happen and how.

We spent our time checking out, trying out and feeling out many drummers this time around. After much deliberation, Paolo said to Matt one day “you should hit up John Petrucci and see if he has an ideas.” We figured our friend John may have some ideas from the Berklee-world.

John brought Mike Mangini into the conversation and within minutes of describing our conundrum to Mike, he had a name: Paul Wandkte. Paul studied under Mike at Berklee, and obviously made an impression on a man we consider to be one of the greatest drummers on the planet.

Paul made his debut with us in thunderous fashion this past weekend by playing to 40,000 fans at Knotfest Mexico. And he nailed it. We hope to work with Paul for a long time and we hope the Trivium fans around the world welcome him with open arms.

Says Paul, “I was blown away when Trivium had contacted me. I have been looking for a place to call home all my life, a home of brothers with similar tastes in music, musicianship and goals. I’d like to thank Dream Theater’s Mike Mangini for getting us in contact. I couldn’t be happier, this is literally life changing. Never give up, be yourself and rock on.” ~ Paul Wandtke

August 2013

P@ulE is currently drumming for the hit musical Rock of Ages and P@ulE has been utilizing all his Rock of Ages free time; writing an album for his original Chicago based band Dead Original (Be sure to read check out P@ulE’s Rock of Ages blog right here on this site).

“I’m an artist on a budget, so why not I thought, I’ll use the Rock of Ages kit for this one and yes I’m “trying” to pull a Dave Grohl here cause I’m writing all the stuff and will be rocking an axe and singing live, wish me luck! ~ P@ulE

Dead Original is a music project started by P@ulE which in his eyes is based on a music concept of going back to the basics; using real instruments and not many effects. What you hear is what you get drums, gtr, bass and vocals. The drums are not sound replaced and the instruments are all played by real musicians.

The recording of Never Come Back features P@ulE playing all of the instruments but the live band consists of Kevin DeWitt (guitar), Mike Shimon (bass/back up vocals), Justin Bromley (drums) and myself (vocals/guitar). The plans are to work together on a cohesive album and further develop our image and sound whilst preparing for shows around Chicago.

Check out these two videos:

Never Come Back- Dead Original w/ real drums

P@ulE tracking drums for his song Never Come Back using the same kit he’s currently using in the hit musical Rock of Ages

FREE DOWNLOAD: Never Come Back