Written by Alex Stojanovic
Can We Turn Back Yesterday
Dying At The Sight Of The Rain
To Save Me From Myself
We Lost It All
Jared Dines - Guitars, bass & drums
Matt Heafy - Vocals & select solos
Release Date: December 4, 2020
Matt's Socials: YouTube / Facebook / Instagram / Twitch
Jared's Socials: YouTube / Facebook / Instagram
In this ongoing time of COVID-19, collaborations between artists are at a high like we've never seen, and many artists are making the best use of this time by releasing some cool content online. Speaking of online content, over the last three years or so, Matt Heafy from Trivium has become a regular streamer on Twitch where he does play-alongs to Trivium songs, goes through his warm-up routines and even plays video games. He says that it has become a very stable second source of income for when Trivium is not touring, so kudos to him for accomplishing that. He has also formed a friendship with YouTuber Jared Dines over the last couple of years, to the point where Matt participated in Jared's Shred Wars and The Biggest Shred Collaboration videos. In return, Jared filled in for Matt on guitar in late 2018 when Matt had to leave Trivium's tour midway to be with his wife for the birth of their twins.
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While not a very surprising topic to write lyrics about, it has become an even more prevalent topic to write about in the last decade or so, and that is anxiety. The opening track aptly titled "Dear Anxiety" is sure to hit home with all those who suffer from it. Vocally, Matt uses both screams and cleans because both styles would work in a song that talks about anxiety and how a certain person feels about having to deal with it. The screams in the verses represent the anger, and the cleans in the chorus represent the sorrow. We then come to what is my favourite track here, which is "Can We Turn Back Yesterday". The lower cleans in the verses and the dark harmonies in the chorus are spine-tingling, and the riffing is equally as compelling.
The Dines X Heafy EP was a real nice surprise to end what has been a horrible year. I went in expecting one thing, and I got the other. They say to never judge a book by its cover, but every once in a while, we all still have those moments where we do. Given that it was a really enjoyable listening experience, I seriously wouldn't mind another EP from Matt and Jared in the future.
Highs: "Dear Anxiety" and "Can We Turn Back Yesterday"
Lows: "Dying At The Sight Of The Rain" is the only weak spot here.
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