The guitarist for Trivium, Matt Heafy, has said that he thinks that Instagram has caused the concept of rhythm guitar to become lost a little bit in modern metal.

“Every time you open Instagram there’s some new super-freak who can do the craziest stuff that most of us cannot do. But I feel like the concept of rhythm guitar has been lost a little bit, especially in modern metal. I think ‘A Crisis Of Revelation’ will be a difficult one for people to learn. It involves this weird style of picking I learned from Chuck Schuldiner from Death and Daniel Mongrain of Martyr [and Voivod],” he told Guitar World.

“They were the first to use this bizarre technique that wasn’t just alternate or down-picking. It’s down, down and then down, up, down – sounding like dun-dun-dadadun. While making our debut, [producer] Jason Suecof told us that if we learned every song from Martyr’s Warp Zone, we’d become the best players in the world.

“Daniel Mongrain is one of the greatest – he’s classically trained in jazz, so he sounds like Marty Friedman and Allan Holdsworth mixed together. I didn’t invent it, but I’m one of the few players to use it.”

Christmas came a little early this year, in the form of Matt Heafy dropping a “Jack’s Lament” from The Nightmare Before Christmas cover on Christmas eve this year.

Heafy announced the new song in a Facebook post, writing: “who else loves #nightmarebeforechristmas and it’s incredible soundtrack by #dannyelfman?! I have always wanted a Christmas release AND a nightmare release. So now you can have both in one song.”

Fans took to Twitter to sing their praises for the rocker.

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“This is fantastic! Go off, Matt!” said one user.

“You are an insane person and I’m here for it,” said Craig Reynolds.

Check out Matt Heafy’s A Nightmare Before Christmas cover with ‘Jack’s Lament’ here:

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