Ibaraki (Trivium, Etc.) Premiere “Kagutsuchi” Music Video

Ibaraki, the black metal project featuring Trivium’s Matt Heafy, have premiered a new video for their new song “Kagutsuchi.” This track is from the band’s new album “Rashomon,” which was released today (May 6). Notably, Heafy worked on that effort with Emperor’s Ihsahn. His Trivium bandmates also contributed.

Heafy commented:

“‘Kagutsuchi‘ is the turning point in my relationship to black metal. Before crafting this piece, I believed I needed to stick to all the tropes of tradition — I didn’t believe that I was able to attach my name to keep something legitimately black metal.

Befriending Ihsahn and having him as a mentor showed me that being true to oneself is far more important than being true to a genre. Ihsahn freed my mind and encouraged the sharpening of the tools needed to begin Ibaraki properly.

The very recorded guitar tracks in this final album are actually from 2010/2011. This album is an auditory time-capsule of my journey in creating Ibaraki. ‘Kagutsuchi‘ was the first song I wrote after I had begun my tutelage under Ihsahn.”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy To Release “Ibaraki And Friends” Children’s Book

Matt Heafy (Trivium, Ibaraki) has teamed up with Z2 Comics and illustrator Half Sumo for a new children’s book titled “Ibaraki And Friends.” The book, which will focus on Japanese folklore, is expected to be released in June.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Written by Matthew Kiichi Heafy (of Grammy-Nominated band Trivium), ‘Ibaraki And Friends’ tells Matthew’s rendition of Japanese legends and folktales alike.

This children’s book, illustrated by Half Sumo and designed by Ashley Heafy, is for all the kids that want to know more about where they come from and the parents that want to share those moments with them.

A dragon, a samurai and even a koi, ‘Ibaraki And Friends’ shows through accessible prose the exciting history and myths of Japan.

With beautiful illustrations and exciting adventures, the whole family will want to read it over and over again.”

Heafy also added:

“‘Ibaraki And Friends’ is a book full of the stories that I grew up with. That Japanese folklore lies at the very root of so many of the amazing stories we have today, whether they’re in video games, anime, movies, or songs.

For years, I’ve researched as many Japanese stories as possible—gotten several of them tattooed on my body — and explored their themes in the songs of Trivium, Ibaraki and now in ‘Ibaraki And Friends’. It’s our hope that in exploring these wonderful stories, that the readers will want to learn more about Japanese culture — then more cultures of the surrounding Asian countries, then spread that willingness to learn about stories from all over the world, inspiring curiosity in the many cultures we share around the planet.”

Fans can pre-order the book HERE. Notably, select bundles will include a lullaby CD, temporary tattoos, and more.

Ibaraki (Trivium, Etc.) Premiere Music Video For “Rōnin” Featuring My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way

Ibaraki, the black metal project featuring Trivium’s Matt Heafy, have premiered a new video for their new song “Rōnin.” This track features My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way and it will appear on the band’s new album “Rashomon,” which is set to be released on May 6. Notably, Heafy worked on that effort with Emperor’s Ihsahn. His Trivium bandmates also contributed.

Heafy commented:

“A rōnin is a masterless warrior. The final two full compositions on ‘Rashomon’ see a significant shift musically. The album as a whole — with the exception of the intro and outro — is actually presented in chronological order of earliest written to latter-most. The actual guitar and bass tracks are a time-capsule of sorts in that their parts — on the final album — is actually from the year they were tracked.

One can begin to see the shifts as the years went on for the writing of the album. ‘Kagutsuchi’/’Ibaraki-Doji’ being written and tracked in 2010/2011, all the way up to ‘Rōnin’/’Susanoo No Mikot’ being written and tracked in 2016/2017.”

He also added the following about working with Way:

“Gerard Way has been a longtime inspiration for me — like Ihsahn and Nergal — I have looked to Gerard as a constant source of motivation to be creative. While Gerard and I may be from different genres than where Ibaraki and black metal stem from — outsiders of sorts — the spirit and intent of our performances is what unites our passion for pushing boundaries.”

Ibaraki (Trivium, Etc.) Premiere Music Video For “Akumu” Featuring Behemoth’s Nergal

Ibaraki, the black metal project featuring Trivium’s Matt Heafy, have premiered a new video for their new song “Akumu.” This track features Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski and it will appear on the band’s new album “Rashomon,” which is set to be released on May 6. Notably, Heafy worked on that effort with Emperor’s Ihsahn. His Trivium bandmates also contributed.

Heafy said the following about the new song:

“‘Akumu‘ translates to ‘nightmare’ — and with this piece, I encourage the listener to work to find their interpretations of what they feel from the lyrics, music, and the haunting visuals of the music video. I have always been fascinated by Sagazan’s ‘Transfiguration,’ and for years, I have wanted to pay homage to his works with a performance art piece; to finally be able to immerse myself in his style was an intense experience.

Having Nergal guest in this Ihsahn co-written piece allowed me to combine many of my long-time influences; and when I presented with Nergal of the challenge of translating my lyrics into Polish, it brought the song to another level.”

Ihsahn also commented on the project as a whole:

“It was very loose, We just had rough demos for a very long time because we’re arguably pretty busy people, but suddenly, everything was cancelled and we had time on our hands for the first time, so it was like, ‘OK, let’s do this.’ We never got to work in the same room; he’d track guitars and send them to me, I’d run them through my studio and send them back. It was a new way of working, but it was like he was there on the other side of the glass. Matt is a very, very positive energetic and passionate music fan — we have similar attitudes to music and open mindedness. We hit it off, and it’s been really rewarding to me.”

“Rashomon” Track Listing:

01. “Hakanaki Hitsuzen”
02. “Kagutsuchi”
03. “Ibaraki-Doji”
04. “Jigoku Dayu”
05. “Tamashii No Houkai”
06. “Akumu” (feat. Behemoth’s Nergal)
07. “Komorebi”
08. “Ronin” (feat. My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way)
09. “Susanoo No Mikoto” (feat. Emperor’s Ihsahn)
10. “Kaizoku”

Ibaraki (Trivium, Etc.) Premiere “Tamashii No Houkai” Music Video

Trivium’s Matt Heafy has officially launched his new black metal project Ibaraki. Heafy worked on the music for that band with Emperor’s Ihsahn and an official video for their song “Tamashii No Houkai” can be found below. Heafy said the following about the track:

“‘Tamashii No Houkai‘ means ‘the breaking of the soul’ or ‘soul collapse. It’s a Japanese term that didn’t exist before, but one we forged to reflect the song’s meaning. ‘Tamashii No Houkai‘ is co-written by Ihsahn — the legend behind Emperor and a musician who has been a longtime influence and mentor to so much that I do in music. The writing of this song was the turning point for Ibaraki — it summarized everything from the past, present, and future of what I thought black metal was, is, and could be. ‘Tamashii No Houkai‘ is the perfect summary and representation of everything that Ibaraki is… and will be.”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy And Emperor’s Ihsahn Have Finished The Debut Album From Their Ibaraki Project

During an appearance on Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta‘s “The Jasta Show,” Trivium’s Matt Heafy confirmed that he has finished recording the debut album from his Ibaraki project with Emperor’s Ihsahn. Notably, he also revealed that Behemoth’s Nergal will be guesting on the effort.

Heafy said the following:

“During this (lockdown) I was able to finally finish my black metal record with Ihsahn from Emperor. He’s been producing and co-writing that with me for about 11 years, and it finally comes out in the middle of next year, which should be fun.

It used to be called Mrityu, which I got from Ashtanga yoga, it means the concept of life and death, same thing as the ouroboros, same thing as the Japanese Enso, the idea that life and death are always symbiotic with each other. I didn’t really know what to write about lyrically, and I was talking to Ihsahn because I’ve always loved Scandinavian mythology, Norse mythology, and Swedish mythology, I wish I could write about Thor and Jörmungandr, I love these stories.

He’s like, ‘Yeah, but Matt, those have been done a lot, and you have your own rich history to tap into with your Japanese side…’ And then a lightbulb went off, I was like. ‘I need to just write about that.’ I started writing all the lyrics about Japanese stories because that’s something that hasn’t really happened.

There isn’t really a band that writes about Japanese folklore or the Shinto gods and goddesses and fictitious stories of Japanese history. So I changed the band name to Ibaraki, which is actually Trivium‘s mascot – an easter egg in there – and the entire project is Japanese-themed. The art, the lyrics, I’m actually singing in Japanese, Ishahn‘s on the record, Nergal‘s on the record.”

[via Bravewords.com]