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.”

Lineup Finalized For 2022 Psycho Las Vegas Festival

The lineup has been finalized for the 2022 Psycho Las Vegas festival. That event will take place at Resorts World Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV on August 19–21.

Lineup:

  • Emperor
  • Mercyful Fate
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  • Mayhem
  • Warpaint
  • Carcass
  • Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
  • The Black Angels
  • GZA & Inspectah Deck
  • Carpenter Brut
  • At The Gates
  • Allah-Las
  • Satyricon
  • Show Me The Body
  • High On Fire
  • The Gaslamp Killer
  • Monster Magnet
  • She Past Away
  • Beats Antique
  • Paradise Lost
  • Boris
  • Vio-lence
  • Nitzer Ebb
  • Liars
  • Katatonia
  • Wolves In The Throne Room
  • Nothing
  • Samael
  • Ulver
  • Amenra
  • Tribulation
  • Twin Tribes
  • William Basinski
  • Crobot
  • Elder
  • The Juliana Theory
  • …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
  • Sugar Candy Mountain
  • Anika
  • King Womb
  • Monolord
  • The Night Beats
  • Holy Wave
  • MGLA
  • Marissa Nadler
  • Cirith Ungol
  • Primitive Man
  • The KVB
  • The Dwarves
  • Soft Kill
  • HEALTH (DJ set)
  • Dance With The Dead
  • Blackwater Holylight
  • The Accüsed A.D.
  • Gatecreeper
  • Liturgy
  • Intronaut
  • Whores.
  • Blood Incantation
  • Death Valley Girls
  • Wand
  • Golden Dawn Arkestra
  • The Body
  • Drain
  • Gost
  • Geneva Jacuzzi
  • Mizmor
  • Devil Master
  • Wiegedood
  • Mareux
  • New Candys
  • Akhlys
  • Creeping Death
  • Danava
  • The Goddamn Gallows
  • Bömbers
  • N8 Noface
  • Warthog
  • Portrayal Of Guilt
  • Sanguisugabogg
  • Mothership
  • 200 Stab Wounds
  • Black Box Revelation
  • Undeath
  • Mondo Drag
  • Ruby The Hatchet
  • Duel
  • ASG
  • Year Of No Light
  • Indian
  • Witch Mountain
  • Frozen Soul
  • Yakuza
  • Succumb
  • Elizabeth Colour Wheel
  • Sasquatch
  • Psychlona
  • Lord Buffalo
  • Mint Field
  • Spaceface
  • Moonily
  • Belzebong
  • Church Of The Cosmic Skull
  • Early Moods
  • Spiritworld
  • Hippie Death Cult
  • Stinking Lizaveta
  • Rifflord
  • Dreadnought
  • Forever Grey
  • L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation
  • Leather Lung
  • Kids N Love (DJ set)
  • Great Electric Quest
  • Crematory Stench
  • Lovelorn
  • Cancer Christ
  • Greenbeard
  • Kadabra
  • Kings Destroy
  • Old Fashion Assassin
  • Human
  • Weight Of The Sun
  • Worship

Furthermore, Midnight, Eyehategod, Elder, Bridge City Sinners, Starcrawler, Uniform, Deathchant, Early Moods, Rifflord, and DJ Painkiller will also be performing during the “Psycho Swim” pre-party at the AYU Dayclub on August 18.

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.”

Suicidal Tendencies, Carcass, At The Gates, Etc. Added To 2022 Psycho Las Vegas Festival

More bands have been added to the 2022 Psych Las Vegas festival in Las Vegas, NV. The event will take place at the Resorts World Las Vegas on August 19-21 and the updated lineup includes: Mercyful Fate, Suicidal Tendencies, Emperor, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warpaint, Mayhem Carpenter Brut, GZA, Satyricon, Watain, She Past Away, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Carcass, At The Gates, High On Fire, Ulver, Beats Antique, Paradise Lost, Cirith Ungol, Vio-lence, Katatonia, The Accüsed AD, Samael, Boris, Nothing, Dance With The Dead, Anika, The KVB, The Juliana Theory, Monster Magnet, Wolves In The Throne Room, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Amenra, MGLA, Liturgy, Primitive Man, Tribulation, Monolord, Gatecreeper, King Woman, WAND, Crobot, Wiegedood, Marissa Nadler, N8NOFACE, Bömbers, Drain, Year Of No Light, Mizmor, The Goddamn Gallows, Sanguisugabogg, 200 Stab Wounds, Last Podcast On The Left, and Chessboxing with GZA. Furthermore, Midnight, Eyehategod, Elder, Bridge City Sinners, Starcrawler, Uniform, Deathchant, Early Moods, and Rifflord will also be performing during the “Psycho Swim” pre-party at the AYU Dayclub on August 18.

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.”

Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth) Thought Bård “Faust” Eithun (Ex-Emperor) Was Joking When He Confessed To Murder During A Party In 1993

Back in 1994, ex-Emperor drummer Bård “Faust” Eithun was convicted of murder after stabbing a gay man, named Magne Andreassen, to death in 1992. He only served nine years for his crime and was released in 2003. Now, during an interview with Metal Hammer, Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth revealed that Eithun actually confessed to the murder during a party in 1993. The frontman said the following:

“We played at the Royal Court in Liverpool, then had a massive party. Faust came up to me pissed out his head and told me about murdering a gay guy. I dismissed it as a load of crap but when it all came out I felt like an accessory to murder after the fact. But if anyone had seen Emperor at that time, they’d never have taken them seriously. There’s, like, Samoth, Lord of Silence, but he wasn’t Lord of Silence that night – he was Lord of Giggles and Laughter… Everybody was either high or taking Es, drinking – all fucked.”

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]

Mercyful Fate, Emperor, Mayhem, Etc. Set For 2022 Psycho Las Vegas Festival

The first set of bands have been revealed for next year’s Psycho Las Vegas festival. The event will take place on August 19-21, 2022 and it will feature: Mercyful Fate, Emperor, Mayhem, Satyricon, Watain, Wolves In The Throne Room, Samael, Boris, MGLA, Cirith Ungol, King Woman, Marissa Nadler, Bombers, and Year Of No Light.

Trivium Premiere “In The Court Of The Dragon” Music Video

Trivium have released a new song titled “In The Court Of The Dragon.” The track features an intro composed by Emperor’s Ihsahn and an official video for it can be found below:

Paolo Gregoletto commented:

“We started putting together the riffs for what would become ‘In the Court Of The Dragon‘ last year with no touring on the horizon. We decided to use the uncertainty to our advantage and to create without any of the limitations and commitments that would normally be eating away at our time in the jam room.”

“The title of the song came from a short story by Robert W. Chambers. The story is filled with dread and uncertainty, and that felt fitting for the times we’ve all been living in for the last year. Rather than a direct re-telling, we decided to go a different route and build our own narrative around the music that we were creating.”

“Similar to some of our past songs and albums, this song began with lyrics rooted in mythology. But unlike the past, we decided to create our own myth to fit the music. Being free to create the story and write the music without a deadline, due to a once-in-a-lifetime event, really led to one of the most rewarding writing and recording experiences we have ever had. We hope it lives up to your expectations.”

Matt Heafy added:

“While the music of ‘In the Court Of The Dragon‘ was taking shape, we knew we needed epic artwork of the type that you might see on the wall of an important museum from a long-dead renaissance master.”