Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Trivium’s Matt Heafy join forces on epic new track

Image of Mike Shinoda video on left and Matt Heafy on right
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“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”.

If this mighty yet somewhat abstract description sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll be pleased to know it's the result of two of metal’s biggest names – Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Trivium's Matt Heafy – collaborating together on a new song.

The track, otherwise known as Song 1 consists of Shinoda covering production while Matt provides the guitars and vocals. 

In a video announcing the online collab, Mike explains, 

“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!”

The session will be streamed via Twitch on February 8, 10am PT / 1pm ET (6pm GMT).

Check out the announcement video below:

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Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.