Guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM took part in a special one-night-only acoustic performance to benefit MOSCOT Mobileyes Foundation. The event was held this past Monday night (August 13) between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at The MOSCOT Gallery & Music Space in New York City.
Video footage of Heafy's set, as well as a pre-show interview, can be seen below (courtesy of Metal Injection).
In addition to playing a seven-song set, Heafy took questions throughout the performance from the audience.
Commenting on his side project MRITYU, Heafy said, "It was originally intended to be full-on black metal… '90s style, second or third wave black metal." Heafy added that he decided to take the new group in different direction after discussing it with former EMPEROR frontman Ihsahn. "Somehow we got in touch and I sent the demo along. He started passing a few things to me to listen to, films to watch, CDs to check out, and it inspired this band to become this whole other thing. I don't even know what to call the genre anymore."
He added, "It's not going to play shows. It's just me on vocals, guitar and bass. I'm going to have Nick [Augusto, TRIVIUM drummer] on drums. If it ever did play live, I'll only have TRIVIUM guys play in it. You'll maybe see something with that band a year from now. It's got to be staggered with the TRIVIUM release. So yeah, I'll be doing another thing. I guess you can call it extreme metal."
TRIVIUM is continuing to tour in support of its fifth studio album, "In Waves", which came out a year ago.
MOSCOT Mobileyes Foundation Inc.'s mission is to preserve sight and improve lives by providing free quality medical eyecare and eyewear to New York City's underserved populations.