Trivium’s Matt Heafy Opens Up About His Family’s Battle With COVID-19: “We Need To Look At ‘Getting COVID’ As A Vaccinated Person – The Same We Look At Catching A Cold, Catching The Flu”

As previously reported, Trivium’s Matt Heafy and members of his family recently tested positive for COVID-19. The frontman and his wife had already been fully vaccinated, but some breakthrough cases can still occur considering the vaccines are not 100% effective at stopping infection. Despite this, the shots are still extraordinarily effective at preventing death and severe illness. With this in mind, Heafy has taken to social media to further open up about his battle with the disease and the advantages of being vaccinated.

Heafy said the following:

“Comments are off where possible, and will not be read where they can’t be turned off. Simply because – I know where this will unfortunately likely go with 33.3% of the people who will see this. I’m seeing a lot of panic (in media and social media and society) on “people still getting Covid despite being vaccinated.”

Think of my family as a mini case study.

My dad and I have the same genetics- we’re the same family. He is a marine as well. So tough as nails. My dad was 1/2 shots in (purely due to not being able to get the second in time) when he contracted COVID. 2 hospitalizations, almost dying, and now 15/16 weeks out – still has potential liver / heart / lung damage. He still feels lung tightness 17/18 weeks out.

I was 2/2 shots in when my wife (2/2 shots in) contracted Covid (likely delta variant) from a non-vaccinated person. It went from non vax person to vax person, to our kids (non vaccinated due to being 2.5 years old), to a vaccinated person (me). While it was an annoying “cold-like-sickness” I still was able to do Muay Thai on a heavy bag, do my mace workouts, do yoga, sing/scream on stream and perform.

It was 4-5 annoying days, 1 slightly worse day (still streamed, still performed), then I was 80% for a couple days, then 100%. Same with my wife. Thankfully same with my kids (Mia had a fever at 103/104, Akira got to 102/103; both were good in 5ish days).

We need to look at “getting Covid” as a vaccinated person – the same we look at catching a cold, catching the flu. The vaccines % of efficacy was % of you not being hospitalized. Just like the flu shot (at its 40-50% efficacy of that).

I want tours back, I wanna eat at restaurants and share food with my hands, and take bites of my friends food, share drinks with friends, train jiu jitsu and freely have my partner’s sweat drop into my mouth/ nose/ eyes and not care.

Anyone who says this is a political thing – is wrong and is likely scared. I had the vaccine, I have not fallen in my output in anything I do. I’m still training, making music, and ready as hell to get back to playing shows, getting in the crowd, hugging all of you, and eating everywhere.

If you see someone choosing to wear a mask – remember there are far many more health issues than just what’s happening right now. I have many high risk family and friends who cannot risk even getting this weakened (vaccinated) Covid. It could kill them or a loved one. Respect one another. Don’t make this about something it isn’t.

Let’s get back to having shows! Can’t wait to see you all on the upcoming megadeth, lamb of god, hatebreed run!”

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Trivium’s Matt Heafy Tests Positive For COVID-19 Despite Being Fully Vaccinated

Trivium’s Matt Heafy and members of his family recently tested positive for COVID-19. The frontman has already been fully vaccinated, but some breakthrough cases like his are expected considering the vaccines are not 100% effective at stopping infection. Despite this, the shots are still extraordinarily effective at preventing death and severe illness. Heafy said the following:

“Welp. Went from a non-vaccinated person to Ashley (vaccinated) to the kids (unvaccinated) to me (vaccinated). Thankfully due to being vaccinated it merely feels like a tour cold; my dad however got sick without a vaccine and is now 12 weeks into a very terrible recovery with lung/ heart/ liver issues. I outta be good in a day or two. See y’all on stream tomorrow regardless!”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy & Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Team Up For New Song “In Defiance”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda have released a new collaborative track titled “In Defiance.” Heafy commented:

“‘In Defiance‘ produced by Mike Shinoda is finally here! Stream it on repeat for the rest of all time! Arigato Shinoda-san for making this tune sound unlike anything I’ve ever created.

Production, programming: Mike Shinoda
Vocals, guitars: Matthew K Heafy
Art: Half Sumo“

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Teams Up With Richard Marx For Metal Version Of “Right Here Waiting”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy has teamed up with Richard Marx for a new metal version of Marx’s song “Right Here Waiting.” You can check that out below:

Heafy commented:

“Richard is one of the greatest songwriters of our time and an incredible incredible human being, so it’s unreal that we were able to create this metal version of his mega-hit together. Stream the heck outta it!”

He also previously discussed the track during an appearance on “Bringin’ It Backwards“:

“I saw his son was wearing a Trivium shirt, so I hit him up on social media. [He’s a] super-amazing guy. We stayed in touch. One day, I [wrote to him], ‘Hey, let’s do a song together.’ And then he texted me, ‘Let’s do it.’ So I did a metal version of ‘Right Here Waiting’. He did the vocals on it already. It’s sick. Will Putney from Fit For An Autopsy is mixing the song.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Releases “Wellerman” Three-Track Bundle

Trivium’s Matt Heafy has released a three-track bundle titled “Wellerman.” The effort features three different takes on the sea shanty “Soon May The Wellerman Come,“ including a metal version, a folk version, and an a cappella version. Livia Zita guests on all three tracks. Heafy commented:

“I didn’t pick ‘Wellerman’ as a cover to do something ‘viral.’ It was one of those songs — when you hear it, ‘it sounds like something Matt Heafy would cover.’ It was suggested by a close pal who thought exactly that.”

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda & Trivium’s Matt Heafy To Collaborate On New Track Via Twitch

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Trivium’s Matt Heafy are planning to collaborate on a new song via Twitch. The session will take place on February 8 at 10:00am PDT / 01:00pm EDT.

Shinoda commented:

“I got Matt’s blessing to get weird with the track too. We’re not gonna just make a metal track. We’re not gonna make a Trivium track. If you wanted a Trivium track you could just get a Trivium track. You could go to Matt’s channel and get that. So I’m gonna take his vocal, and even his guitar, and chop them into little tiny bits and run them through a meat grinder and then we’re gonna make a track out of it. I don’t even know what we’re gonna make.”

“The track he sent is so… it’s, like, EPIC! It’s very, like, Matt standing on a mountaintop with a falcon on his wrist who flies away and collects the bones of enemy clans, enemy warriors.”

Heafy also tweeted about the collaboration:

Matt Heafy (Trivium) & Jared Dines Premiere Twitch-Based Music Video For “Can We Turn Back Yesterday?”

Matt Heafy (Trivium) and YouTuber Jared Dines have premiered a Twitch-based music video for their song “Can We Turn Back Yesterday?.“ That track is from the duo’s collaborative EP “Dines X Heafy,” which was released earlier this month.

Matt Heafy (Trivium) And Jared Dines Release New Collaborative EP

Matt Heafy (Trivium) and YouTuber Jared Dines have released a new collaborative EP titled “Dines X Heafy.” That effort features five tracks including “Dear Anxiety,” “Can We Turn Back Yesterday?,” “Dying At The Sight Of The Rain,” “To Save Me From Myself,” and “We Lost It All.”

Dines commented:

“Matt was pre-internet in the way he launched his career, releasing records, playing shows, and signing to a label. “I’m post-internet in the way I launched my career by using YouTube, Facebook, and all of these other video apps. It is interesting to see the crossover though. Matt has done everything traditionally. At the same time, he embraced new technologies instead of shutting them out.

By doing this together, we get to be in both worlds. The EP was recorded in a raw and real manner. So, it has a different element. It would be cool to show everyone it does not matter if you are a guitarist from Instagram or you are in a big band, you can do things together. At the end of the day, the goal is simple — we’re just trying to write good songs and create some cool shit.”

Heafy added:

“Streaming actually helped me improve as a singer and as a guitarist, because I’m practicing all day in front of people. The culture is very regimented. However, I have always had that mentality, because my mom is Japanese, and my dad was a marine. Now, it is a combination of three things: streaming, training, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Those practices made me better at what I do and prepared me to jump into something new. I took a very different approach to DINES x HEAFY. It all came very organically without any planning.”

You can find a video for “Dear Anxiety” and streams of the other tracks below:

Matt Heafy (Trivium) Releases “My Mother Told Me” Three-Track Solo Bundle

Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has released a new bundle featuring three versions of his cover of “My Mother Told Me” from the show “Vikings.” This includes a metal version, an acoustic version, and an a cappella version. Heafy said the following about the release:

“‘Vikings’ is one of the greatest series out there. Everything about it truly takes the viewer on a journey to a time we so often dream about. I consider ‘Vikings’ a very ‘metal’ show with its thematics being something many heavy bands want to write about. When I first heard King Harald singing ‘My Mother’, I immediately looked for a recorded version. I only found a transformed version, but I wanted the folk version. I decided to create ‘My Mother’ in three interpretations. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.”

Matt Heafy (Trivium) Releases Solo Cover Of “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher”

Matt Heafy (Trivium) has signed a new solo deal with Roadrunner Records. As part of the announcement, the frontman also released a cover of “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher” from Netflix’s “The Witcher.” The track was recorded with his Trivium bandmate Alex Bent and it can be streamed below. This news comes after Heafy previously performed the song during one of his Twitch livestreams.