Matt Heafy has turned Cannibal Corpse’s Hammer Smashed Face into an acoustic ballad

Matt Heafy has already covered everyone from Celine Dion to Dragonforce on his Twitch livestream But the Trivium frontman has stepped things up with his most unklikely cover yet – a gentle acoustic take on Cannibal Corspe’s gore-metal classic Hammer Smashed Face.

Heafy strips out the original’s blood-splattered brutality and guttural roars in favour of a more tender approach, complete with clean vocals. Thankfully, lines such as ‘I smash your fucking head in, until brains seep in through the cracks, blood does leak’ remain intact.

We’re not sure how Heafy can top this one. Though we’re pretty sure he’ll give it his best shot.

Dave Everley

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.