Matt Heafy teaches the ins and outs of Trivium's most ferocious riffs in latest episode of Gibson's Riff Lords

Matt Heafy plays one of his signature Epiphone Les Pauls
(Image credit: Gibson TV/YouTube)

Today (May 6), Trivium’s Matt Heafy released Rashomon, the highly-anticipated debut album from his black-metal side project, Ibaraki

Though Ibaraki has likely taken up a lot of Heafy’s focus lately, the electric guitar great still found some time recently to sit down with Gibson for an episode of the company’s Riff Lords YouTube series.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.