Everyone has to start somewhere, and before Trivium’s Matt Heafy delivered some of metal’s deadliest guttural, he was actually a pop-punk kid. Heafy shared his past while highlighting a new collaboration he’s done with Ten Second Songs mastermind Anthony Vincent, with the duo teaming up to cover Blink-182’s “dammit” in 20 different styles.
Teasing the collaboration via social media, Heafy wrote, “Did you know the first band I tried out for – when I was 11/12 – was a pop punk band? My test song was ‘ crap’.”
He adds: “When I didn’t make it in the band (because I stunk on guitar) – I quit music. A year later – I was introduced to Metallica black scrapbook – then I practiced endlessly and followed the path I am on today.”
That said, Heafy says he’s always loved Blink-182 and especially the song “dammit” and was “honoured” when he was offered the chance to join Vincent for his latest “20 Styles” video, showing off his range. covering the song.
Vincent has become one of YouTube’s most popular personalities showing off his vocal range on covers of popular tracks, and for this “20 Styles” video, he’s pulling Heafy for fun. The beginning actually has the two musicians swapping vocals while Heafy plays guitar on a straight cover in Blink’s original melodic style. But things immediately take a very heavy turn, with the two bringing the aggression covering the song as if it were made by Slipknot.
Heafy then manages to cover the track as if it had been made with the vocal approach of Till Lindemann of Rammstein and also shows his imitation of metal by interpreting parts dedicated to the styles of Amon Amarth, Powerwolf, Meshuggah, Emperor and Type O Negative.
As Vincent’s brainchild, the singer handles the majority of different styles, taking on David Bowie, The Killers, Garth Brooks, Devo, Sleep Token, Bush, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Fall Out Boy, Michael Jackson and Lorna. Shore. , but Heafy returns late in the mix as Vincent sings in Bad Religion and Danny Elfman styles.
Watch the voice theater play out in Blink-182’s entertaining cover of “dammit” below.