“It’s been the dream before I even played the stage,” Heafy told us at Gamescom 2022. “When I played the first JUDGMENT as an 8- or 9-year-old I thought: ‘I want to do this kind of thing.’ It’s a dream that’s been sitting there before Trivium.”
JUDGMENT‘s rich history of metal soundtracks stretches back to the very first game, where the instrumentals were heavily based on Metallica, Panther, Kills and Alice in Chains classics set the stage for ripping and tearing apart demons. When JUDGMENT finally brought back in 2016, a legend by name Mick Gordon was born. Gordon’s 2016 soundtrack became one of the most epic and influential metal albums of the decade, and his contributions spread into the 2020s with DOOM Eternal.
But what would a Matt Heafy JUDGMENT score sounds like? “I wanted to draw into the darkness of black metal and bring it in there, the darkness of classical music, but change it. What sounds like a Mozart piece, something like ‘Lacrimosa’, but what would it sound like if you took it raw sound and then destroyed it and turned it into something else?”
Heafy also wouldn’t try to out-brutalize Mick Gordon on eight- and nine-string guitars, but bring it back to six-string heaviness in the style of Rammstein. “There was a moment where Rammstein kept tuning down to B and then finally Rammstein tuned back to E and sounded heavier than ever. I think I wanted to do something as daring as that – write a song in six -string, write it in E standard and try to make it as heavy as the nine-string, drop E stuff.”
See our entire JUDGMENT interview with Matt Heafy below.
Let’s make Matt Heafy’s dream come true
You can hear Matt Heafy on the soundtrack for the new game Metal: Hellsingerwhich will be released on Sept. 15. Play the demo for free and pre-order the game here.
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