Trivium’s Matt Heafy To Release “Ibaraki And Friends” Children’s Book

Matt Heafy (Trivium, Ibaraki) has teamed up with Z2 Comics and illustrator Half Sumo for a new children’s book titled “Ibaraki And Friends.” The book, which will focus on Japanese folklore, is expected to be released in June.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Written by Matthew Kiichi Heafy (of Grammy-Nominated band Trivium), ‘Ibaraki And Friends’ tells Matthew’s rendition of Japanese legends and folktales alike.

This children’s book, illustrated by Half Sumo and designed by Ashley Heafy, is for all the kids that want to know more about where they come from and the parents that want to share those moments with them.

A dragon, a samurai and even a koi, ‘Ibaraki And Friends’ shows through accessible prose the exciting history and myths of Japan.

With beautiful illustrations and exciting adventures, the whole family will want to read it over and over again.”

Heafy also added:

“‘Ibaraki And Friends’ is a book full of the stories that I grew up with. That Japanese folklore lies at the very root of so many of the amazing stories we have today, whether they’re in video games, anime, movies, or songs.

For years, I’ve researched as many Japanese stories as possible—gotten several of them tattooed on my body — and explored their themes in the songs of Trivium, Ibaraki and now in ‘Ibaraki And Friends’. It’s our hope that in exploring these wonderful stories, that the readers will want to learn more about Japanese culture — then more cultures of the surrounding Asian countries, then spread that willingness to learn about stories from all over the world, inspiring curiosity in the many cultures we share around the planet.”

Fans can pre-order the book HERE. Notably, select bundles will include a lullaby CD, temporary tattoos, and more.

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Releases New Song “Tasukete” For Magic The Gathering’s “Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy has teamed up with Jonathan Young for a new song titled “Tasukete.“ That track was written for the soundtrack of Magic The Gathering‘s “Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty” expansion.

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Says He Had COVID-19 Twice

During a recent interview with Rock 102.1 KFMA, Trivium’s Matt Heafy revealed that he ended up contracting COVID-19 again this year. This news comes after the frontman previously had a breakthrough infection last summer.

Heafy said the following while discussing his Twitch schedule:

“The main consistency is five days a week when I’m off tour, two times a day — 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. — is when I do my streams on my channel. And the majority of it — 75 to 90 percent of the time — is me playing TRIVIUM songs by request to TRIVIUM supporters. It’s me staying in shape.”

“I never take time off vocally ever; I never take time off. I had COVID last year [and] I had COVID again this year — I still didn’t stop singing and screaming and streaming to make sure that if I get the flu on tour, if I get food poisoning on tour, I’m gonna make sure I don’t have to cancel shows. So I’ll need to train through every single element.”

“When my kids were newborns, I was not getting sleep, still making sure I’m here, providing entertainment, providing community, providing all that stuff, and still keeping myself in shape year round — more like an athlete than a musician, is the way I treat it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Joins Forces With Testament’s Chuck Billy For New Song “Behold Our Power”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy has joined forces with Testament’s Chuck Billy for a new song titled “Behold Our Power.” The track serves as the theme song for this year’s Mystic Festival, which will take place at the Gdansk Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland on June 2-4.

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Releases Cover Of “Jack’s Lament” From “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Matt Heafy (Trivium) has released a cover of Danny Elfman’s “Jack’s Lament” from Tim Burton‘s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” He said the following about that:

“Who else loves #nightmarebeforechristmas and it’s incredible soundtrack by #dannyelfman?! I have always wanted a Christmas release AND a nightmare release. So now you can have both in one song.”

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.”