Watch Trivium, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Etc. Members Perform At “Metal: Hellsinger” Concert During 2022 “Gamescom”

Earlier today (August 25), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused), and James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate) played a special live show to promote the upcoming rhythm shooter game “Metal: Hellsinger.” The concert took place as part of “Gamescom” in Cologne, Germany and it can be seen below. The video game will be released on September 15 on Steam, PlayStation 5, and Xbox X|S.

Trivium, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Etc. Members To Take Part In “Metal: Hellsinger” Live Performance At 2022 “Gamescom”

Matt Heafy (Trivium), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused), and James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate) will be taking part in a special live performance to promote the upcoming rhythm shooter game “Metal: Hellsinger.” The event will take place on August 25 as part of “Gamescom” in Cologne, Germany. The video game is expected to be released on September 15 and it will feature new songs from the aforementioned musicians and more.

Trivium’s Matt Heafy And YouTubers Anthony Vincent And Stevie T Cover Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” In The Style Of Metallica

As you are probably well aware of by now, Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” have seen a resurgence in recent months thanks to their inclusion in “Stranger Things.” As such, YouTuber Anthony Vincent has decided to record a cover of “Running Up That Hill” in the style of Metallica. The track, which features Trivium’s Matt Heafy and YouTuber Steve “Stevie T” Terreberry, can be found below:

Trivium’s Matt Heafy To Produce New Frozen Soul Album

Frozen Soul have recruited Trivium’s Matt Heafy to produce their new album. The band recently traveled to Florida to begin pre-production for the effort.

Frozen Soul commented:

“Hey everyone, we have a huge announcement that we are so excited to share! We would like to welcome Matthew kiichichaos Heafy of Trivium to our cold crew! Matt will be producing our next full length album! Matt is a huge inspiration for us and one of the the bands that got our guitarist Michael Munday into playing metal. It’s an honor to work with someone who is so passionate about heavy music!

This past week we were invited out to the Trivium hangar in Florida to work on preproduction tracks and we had a blast! We are so excited to unleash this unbelievably heavy, ice cold and glacier crushing record on all of you!”

Heafy added:

“It is my distinguished honor to announce that Frozen Soul has entrusted me to produce their next full length album.

I couldn’t be more excited.

Frozen Soul is a band that I am not only a big fan of, but one that I believe can truly make a massive impact in the heavy music world. Metal fans, extreme metal fans, hardcore fans – everyone agrees that Frozen Soul is something special.

To have a band that already has so much of their signature sound already fleshed out – and presented in such a unique way that’s entirely their own – is inspiring to me.

I can’t wait to – together with Frozen Soul – unleash the new album on the world!”

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.”

Watch Lamb Of God Perform With Chimaira, Trivium, & In Flames Vocalists

As previously reported, Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was forced to miss the band’s April 19 show in Grand Rapids, MI after testing positive for COVID-19. As a result, the band performed with several guest vocalists including: Chimaira’s Mark Hunter, Trivium‘s Matt Heafy, and In Flames‘ Anders Fridén. You can see footage of that below:

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.”