This year at Gamescom 2022, Trivium‘s Matt Heafy joined an all-star lineup to perform original music from Metal: Hellsinger. Before the show, we caught up with Heafy to talk about him Hellsinger the track “This Devastation” and the Trivium frontman’s favorite video game of all time.
“We’ve always been a Nintendo family,” Heafy says of his upbringing. “Beat Mario 1 first… Mario 1, 2, 3… but Super Nintendo and N64 were my big eras. Super Mario World was huge i loved Donkey Kong. I remember when Donkey Kong Country had made VHS, we taped it off the telly and I watched it all the time, I was so into making it. Mario 64 is one of the greatest games of all time, Golden eye is undoubtedly one of the all-time FPSs. I was the idiot who always chose Oddjob.”
Heafy then enters Final Fantasy, Hi, JUDGMENT, Mortal Kombatand what he calls the greatest first-person shooter of all time – Call of Duty Modern Warfare.
Heafy actually just finished his first video game soundtrack for a title called Martial Arts Tycoon. “The soundtrack is 90 minutes of Brazilian music – pagoda, samba, bossa nova. I wrote a song where I sing in Portuguese. I gave them a metal song… they said ‘no metal’… it sounds exactly like Sepultura and it’s freaking awesome. The rest is chill, lo-fi Brazilian music.”
As for Metal: Hellsingerthe games are mixed JUDGMENT-style action with a focus on rhythmic play ala Guitar Hero. “It’s something I never knew I wanted, but I needed to be able to shoot on-tempo with something.” Heafy talks about Metal: Hellsinger gameplay. “It was so inspiring that I actually looked them up and said, ‘I know the game is done, I know the soundtrack is done, but I want to re-record the screams because I can make them better now.’ They say: ‘No, they are ready.’ But I did it, sent it over in one go, and they said, ‘Okay, we’ll mix this.'”
Watch Matt Heafy geek out on video games with us in the video below. Metal: Hellsinger will be released on Sept. 15. To download Metal: Hellsinger demo or pre-order the game, click here.