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.”

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.”

Enslaved, Godflesh, Ulver, Ihsahn, Etc. Contribute To New Lustmord Tribute Album

Enslaved, Godflesh, Ulver, Ihsahn, The Ocean, Steve Von Till, and more have contributed to a new Lustmord tribute album called “The Others [Lustmord Deconstructed].” The effort will be available individually and as part of Lustmord’s “[ O T H E R ]“ 9xLP/5-CD box set on April 1. The box set is called “The Other” and it will also feature two remix albums, “[ THE DARK PLACES OF THE EARTH ]” and “[ B E Y O N D ].“

“The Others [Lustmord Deconstructed]” Track Listing:

01. Enslaved – “Eon”
02. Mono – “Er Eb Os”
03. Ihsahn – “Dark Awakening”
04. Jo Quail – “Prime”
05. Bohren & der Club of Gore – “Plateau”
06. Hackedpicciotto – “Trinity Past”
07. Ulver – “Godeater”
08. Jonas Renkse – “Er Eb Os”
09. Zola Jesus – “Prime”
10. Spotlights – “Of Eons”
11. The Ocean – “Primal [State Of Being]”
12. Crown – “Element”
13. Jaye Jayle – “Er Eb Es”
14. Godflesh – “Ashen”
15. Steve Von Till (aka Harvestman) – “Testament”
16. Årabrot – “The Last Days [See The Light]”

You can check out Godflesh’s take on “Ashen” below:

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]

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.”

Ihsahn To Release New Vinyl Box Set “The Hyperborean Collection” In October

Ihsahn will be releasing a new vinyl box set titled “The Hyperborean Collection” on October 22. Pre-orders will be available HERE. Candlelight Records said the following about the set:

“We are proud to announce @ihsahnofficial ‘The Hyperborean Collection’! The box set includes seven double LP’s, two single LP’s, all on 140g ultra-clear vinyl. Bringing Ihsahn’s core-works in one unique box, including a 37-page booklet. Pre-order yours now from the link in bio, set for release October 22nd.”

AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Releases Set For 2021 Record Store Day

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day has officially been revealed. The event is scheduled to take place across two days, June 12 and July 17, and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

June 12:

  • AC/DC – “Through The Mists Of Time” / “Witch’s Spell” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 5000) (Columbia Records)
  • Alestorm – “Sunset On The Golden Age” (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Napalm Records)
  • Alkaline Trio – “From Here To Infirmary” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Vagrant Records)
  • Anti-Flag – “20/20 Division” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Spinefarm)
  • Avatar – “Hunter Gatherer” (2xLP) (limited to 1200) (eOne Music)
  • Beastie Boys – “Aglio E Olio” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Capitol)
  • Black Sabbath – “Mob Rules” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Black Sabbath – “Heaven & Hell” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Def Leppard – “Live In Oxford” (2xLP) (limited to 4000) (Island/Mercury)
  • Deftones – “Digital Bath” (Telefon Tel Aviv version) / “Feiticeira” (Arca remix) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • The Doors – “Morrison Hotel Sessions” (2xLP) (limited to 7500) (Elektra)
  • Electric Wizard – “Time To Die” (2xLP) (limited to 3000) (Spinefarm)
  • Escape The Fate – “Chemical Warfare: B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Better Noise Music)
  • Gruntruck – “Push” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Real Gone Music)
  • The Hu – “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) & “Wolf Totem” (7″ picture disc) (limited to 2200) (Better Noise Music)
  • Ihsahn – “After” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Integrity – “Cradle To The Grave” (7″) (limited to 700) (Organized Crime)
  • King’s X – “Tape Head” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • King’s X – “Please Come Here… Mr. Bulbous” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • L7 – “The Beauty Process” (25th Anniversary Triple Platinum Edition) (limited to 2300) (Real Gone Music)
  • Lamb Of God – “As The Palaces Burn” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Mark Lanegan – “Here Comes That Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues, Extras And Oddities)” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Beggars Banquet)
  • Linkin Park – “Meteora” (2xLP) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • Mötley Crüe – “40th Anniversary Cassette Box Set” (feat. “Too Fast For Love“, “Shout At The Devil“, “Theatre Of Pain“, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood“) (limited to 1750) (Better Noise Music)
  • Motörhead – “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” (10″ picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Mudhoney/Meat Puppets – “Warning / One Of These Days” (7″) (limited to 2500) (Sub Pop)
  • Negative Approach – “Tied Down Demo” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (TAANG!)
  • Opeth – “Morningrise” (2xLP) (limited to 3500) (Spinefarm)
  • Orange Goblin – “Eulogy For The Damned” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Pepper – “In With The Gold” (vinyl) (limited to 2100) (Volcom Entertainment)
  • Rage Against The Machine – “The Battle Of Mexico City” (2xLP) (limited to 12350) (Legacy)
  • Joey Ramone – “Don’t Worry About Me” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (BMG)
  • Michael Schenker Group – “Live In Manchester 1980” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Senses Fail – “Let It Enfold You” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Vagrant Records)
  • Sigh – “Heir To Despair” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Sleeping With Sirens – “How It Feels To Be Lost (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (Sumerian Records)
  • Stryper – “God Damn Evil” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Frontier Records)
  • The Sword – “Age Of Winters (15th Anniversary Edition)” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Kemado Records)
  • Thrice – “To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere” (vinyl) (limited to 3000)(Vagrant Records)
  • UFO – “Mother Mary/This Kid’s” (10″) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Uriah Heep – “The Magician’s Birthday” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Triumph – “Allied Forces (40th Anniversary)” (vinyl box set) (limited to 1200) (Round Hill Records)
  • VAST – “Music For People” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Real Gone Music)

July 17:

  • All Them Witches – “Live On The Internet” (3xLP) (limited to 2000) (New West Records)
  • Amigo The Devil – “Cover, Demos, Live Versions, B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Liars Club)
  • Bad Omens – “Live + Unplugged” (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Sumerian Records)
  • Bush – “Sea Of Memories” (10th Anniversary) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (eOne Music)
  • Cro-Mags – “The Age Of Quarrel” (vinyl) (limited to 3600) (Rock Hotel/Astor Place)
  • Dio – “God Hates Heavy Metal” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 3500) (BMG)
  • Evanescence – “The Open Door” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Fallujah – “The Harvest Wombs” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (Unique Leader)
  • Fear – “The Record” (LP/7″) (limited to 3500) (Run Out Groove)
  • From First To Last – “Dear Diary, My
  • Teenage Angst Has A Body Count” (original mix) (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Epitaph)
  • God Forbid – “Determination” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (M-Theory Audio)
  • Green Jellÿ – “333” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Say-10 Records)
  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle – “Heavy Metal (Live)” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2000) (BMG)
  • Hawkwind – “Greasy Truckers Party” (2xLP) (limited to 4500) (Parlophone)
  • (hed)p.e. – “Best Of Suburban Noize Years” (vinyl) (limited to 750) (Regime Music Group/Suburban Noize Records)
  • Judas Priest – “Best Of” (eOne Music) (2xLP) (limited to 2000) (eOne Music)
  • King’s X – “Manic Moonlight” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • Mastodon – “Fallen Torches” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 6500) (Warner)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (12″ vinyl) (limited to 18500) (Legacy)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (cassette (limited to 6300) (Legacy)
  • Ramones – “Triple J Live At The Wireless Capitol Theatre, Sydney Australia, July 8, 1980” (vinyl) (limited to 6000) (Sire)
  • St. Vincent – “Piggy” (Nine Inch Nails cover) / “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) (7″) (limited to 3200) (Loma Vista Recordings)
  • Soen – “The Undiscovered Lotus” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Silver Lining Music)
  • Tad – “Inhaler” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Real Gone Music)
  • Tesla – “Mechanical Resonance” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (LMLR)

[via The PRP]

Ihsahn To Perform “Telemark” & “Pharos” In Full During April Livestream Concert

Ihsahn will be performing his latest EPs “Telemark” and “Pharos” in full during a livestream show next month. The event will be held on April 4 at Munin Live in Notodden, Norway and virtual tickets can be found HERE. Notably, a limited amount of tickets to attend the show in person are also available HERE.