11 Pets of Rock + Metal Stars to Follow on Social Media

Surely, after enduring a year of a pandemic, your social media feeds are in a terribly sorry state. The same people posting the same thing (which is nothing — it’s a pandemic, nobody has a life), the latest memes you’re already so done with by the next day and the same six photos of some cute animals. Here to liven up your life, once more, we’ve rounded up some lovable doggos and feisty cats who call some famous rock and metal musicians their prideful owners.

It’s time for some new follows and we’re starting with legendary drummer and his pup Mickey. This Maltese-Yorkie mix of Mike Portnoy‘s has amassed over 8,000 followers and is always smiling, sitting comfortably on a lap or nestled up under a blanket on the couch. He’s a brave little cancer survivor, too, deserving of a round of a-paws!

Keeping with drummers, Motley Crue‘s Tommy Lee boasts Nina Da Weena Dog and Teenie the Weenie. Teenie is a very recent addition to the home, after Lee and wife Brittany Furlan said goodbye to their dear Wicky earlier in 2021. Our condolences. Dog Heaven gained another angel that day.

As you’ll see below, we’ve got plenty more pets to follow from band members. There’s Winston Finnegan Luhrs (August Burns Red‘s Jake Luhrs) and his beefy little leg hanging over the couch, the classic dog and cat rivalry within the home of Cattle Decapitation‘s Travis Ryan, Ice-T‘s chonks and more.

11 Pets of Rock + Metal Stars to Follow on Social Media

Mike Portnoy’s Dog Mickey

Follow Mickey here.

Motley Crue: Tommy Lee’s Dogs Neena Da Weena Dog + Teenie the Weenie

Follow Neena here and Teenie here.

Cattle Decapitation: Travis Ryan’s Dog Ona + Cats Nomi and Patty

Follow Ona, Nomi and Patty here.

Body Count: Ice-T’s Dogs King Maximus and Princess Alexus

Follow King Maximus and Princess Alexus here.

Trivium: Paolo Gregoletto’s Dogs – Lady and Mochi

Follow Lady and Mochi here.

August Burns Red: Jake Luhrs’ Dog Winston Finnegan Luhrs

Follow Winston Finnegan Luhrs here.

The Word Alive: Telle Smith’s Dogs Colby Jack + Darby

Follow Colby Jack here and Darby here.

Ex-Machine Head/Sacred Reich: Dave McClain’s Dog Mr. Indy McClain

Follow Mr. Indy McClain here.

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Matt Heafy Releases Acoustic EP of Trivium ‘Ascendancy’ Songs

Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has just released a four-track acoustic Ascendancy EP straight to YouTube.

The EP is part of a weekly rollout that began last Friday (Jan. 29), where the Trivium singer and guitarist will revisit select songs off each album (except for 2020’s What the Dead Men Say) and present them in a much softer, intimate light.

First up was a reimagining of three songs off the band’s 2003 debut, Ember to Inferno. “Pillars of Serpents,” “Requiem” and the title track all showcased different elements of the early Trivium sound and were stripped down as just an acoustic and vocal performance.

Now, Heafy has turned his attention toward Trivium’s breakout record, Ascendancy, which came two years later and only months after the frontman had turned 19 years old. Now, just a couple years shy of it being half a lifetime later (he just turned 35 in late January), he’s adopted a considerably more mellow approach on a selection of songs that helped define the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, largely defined by the explosion of metalcore in the early-to-mid 2000s.

If you were hoping for a relaxed version of Trivium’s iconic track “Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr,” you’re out of luck, but there’s still a nice mix of hits and deep cuts present on this EP.

Two of Trivium’s most performed live tracks (via setlist.fm), “Rain” and “Dying in Your Arms,” get the acoustic treatment, as well as “Suffocating Sight” and “Departure.”

Listen to the Ascendancy acoustic EP below.

Up next week is The Crusade, so keep tabs on Heafy’s YouTube channel for continued updates in the coming weeks as six more acoustic EPs are expected to be released in all.

Heafy, an avid Twitch streamer, also recently paired up with Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda to collaborate on a project. Shinoda took some of Heafy’s recordings and edited everything into a brand new track. Watch the whole process here.

Matt Heafy — Trivium, Ascendancy Acoustic EP

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Matt Heafy + Mike Shinoda to Collaborate on Song on Twitch

Twitch really took off as a social media platform in 2020 with rockers Matt Heafy of Trivium and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park really exploring the capabilities of connecting with their fans in unique ways. Now fans of the two musicians are about to get a cool collaboration between the pair.

Shinoda and Heafy have both posted that Shinoda will be using his production skills to finish a new Heafy. This collaboration will happen via Shinoda’s Twitch channel on Friday (Feb. 5) from 1PM-3PM ET.

Speaking recently on Twitch, Shinoda offered, “I got Matt’s blessing to get weird with the track too. We’re not gonna just make a metal track. We’re not gonna make a Trivium track. If you wanted a Trivium track you could just get a Trivium track. You could go to Matt’s channel and get that. So I’m gonna take his vocal, and even his guitar, and chop them into little tiny bits and run them through a meat grinder and then we’re gonna make a track out of it. I don’t even know what we’re gonna make.”

He concluded, “The track he sent is so… it’s, like, EPIC! It’s very, like, Matt standing on a mountaintop with a falcon on his wrist who flies away and collects the bones of enemy clans, enemy warriors.”

That description definitely agreed with Heafy who tweeted back, “PS: @mikeshinoda – the way you described the song… I MUST HAVE THAT PAINTED!!! Hahaha. I loved that description so much. I can’t wait to hear what you conjure! GO FRICKIN NUTS!”

During his time on Twitch, Heafy has rocked out a wide array of cover songs and performed proposed sets of Trivium shows they had planned before the pandemic altered their 2020 tour plans. Shinoda, meanwhile, released a series of Dropped Frames records last year that were comprised of collaborations with fans who would give him a theme to work with. This year he’s offered to produce tracks for aspiring musicians brought to his attention by his Twitch community.

How will the Heafy/Shinoda collaboration turn out? Tune in to Shinoda’s Twitch channel this Friday at 1PM ET to find out.

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