Matt Heafy: “I knew me and Gerard Way doing a track together would break the elitist mindset of what black metal can be”

Matt Heafy
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When Guitar World connects with Matt Heafy, it would be fair to say it’s a slightly different set-up to your typical interview. 

Instead of a crackly phone line connecting two people many miles away from each other, we’re going out live on the Trivium singer/guitarist’s Twitch video channel, where hundreds of thousands of fans subscribe for their daily dose of the metal legend working behind the scenes, whether that be practicing and gaming at home or warming up and performing on tour. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).