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’s Matt Heafy Opens Up About His Family’s Battle With COVID-19: “We Need To Look At ‘Getting COVID’ As A Vaccinated Person – The Same We Look At Catching A Cold, Catching The Flu”

As previously reported, Trivium’s Matt Heafy and members of his family recently tested positive for COVID-19. The frontman and his wife had already been fully vaccinated, but some breakthrough cases can still occur considering the vaccines are not 100% effective at stopping infection. Despite this, the shots are still extraordinarily effective at preventing death and severe illness. With this in mind, Heafy has taken to social media to further open up about his battle with the disease and the advantages of being vaccinated.

Heafy said the following:

“Comments are off where possible, and will not be read where they can’t be turned off. Simply because – I know where this will unfortunately likely go with 33.3% of the people who will see this. I’m seeing a lot of panic (in media and social media and society) on “people still getting Covid despite being vaccinated.”

Think of my family as a mini case study.

My dad and I have the same genetics- we’re the same family. He is a marine as well. So tough as nails. My dad was 1/2 shots in (purely due to not being able to get the second in time) when he contracted COVID. 2 hospitalizations, almost dying, and now 15/16 weeks out – still has potential liver / heart / lung damage. He still feels lung tightness 17/18 weeks out.

I was 2/2 shots in when my wife (2/2 shots in) contracted Covid (likely delta variant) from a non-vaccinated person. It went from non vax person to vax person, to our kids (non vaccinated due to being 2.5 years old), to a vaccinated person (me). While it was an annoying “cold-like-sickness” I still was able to do Muay Thai on a heavy bag, do my mace workouts, do yoga, sing/scream on stream and perform.

It was 4-5 annoying days, 1 slightly worse day (still streamed, still performed), then I was 80% for a couple days, then 100%. Same with my wife. Thankfully same with my kids (Mia had a fever at 103/104, Akira got to 102/103; both were good in 5ish days).

We need to look at “getting Covid” as a vaccinated person – the same we look at catching a cold, catching the flu. The vaccines % of efficacy was % of you not being hospitalized. Just like the flu shot (at its 40-50% efficacy of that).

I want tours back, I wanna eat at restaurants and share food with my hands, and take bites of my friends food, share drinks with friends, train jiu jitsu and freely have my partner’s sweat drop into my mouth/ nose/ eyes and not care.

Anyone who says this is a political thing – is wrong and is likely scared. I had the vaccine, I have not fallen in my output in anything I do. I’m still training, making music, and ready as hell to get back to playing shows, getting in the crowd, hugging all of you, and eating everywhere.

If you see someone choosing to wear a mask – remember there are far many more health issues than just what’s happening right now. I have many high risk family and friends who cannot risk even getting this weakened (vaccinated) Covid. It could kill them or a loved one. Respect one another. Don’t make this about something it isn’t.

Let’s get back to having shows! Can’t wait to see you all on the upcoming megadeth, lamb of god, hatebreed run!”

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Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot)

As previously reported, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has sadly passed away at the age of 46. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer. You can see some of their posts below:

Slipknot:

Metallica:

Wednesday 13 (Murderdolls):

Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, Bad Wolves)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Papa Roach:

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mark Hunter (Chimaira):

The Agonist:

Sinsaenum:

Rob Zombie:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down):

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Mushroomhead:

Pantera:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction):

Otep:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer):

Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth):

Al Jourgensen (Ministry):

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Guests On New Version Of Powerwolf’s “Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike)”

Powerwolf have teamed up with Trivium’s Matt Heafy for a new version of their song “Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike).” The updated take on the track will be featured on a bonus album, titled “Missa Cantorem,” which will be included with select editions of the band’s new album “Call Of The Wild“ (out July 16). Heafy commented:

“It is a tremendous honor to be able to do my rendition of the fantastic ‘Fist By Fist‘ by the mighty Powerwolf. Powerwolf has been one of my favorite bands for ages, so this is a privilege of the highest caliber.”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Tests Positive For COVID-19 Despite Being Fully Vaccinated

Trivium’s Matt Heafy and members of his family recently tested positive for COVID-19. The frontman has already been fully vaccinated, but some breakthrough cases like his are expected considering the vaccines are not 100% effective at stopping infection. Despite this, the shots are still extraordinarily effective at preventing death and severe illness. Heafy said the following:

“Welp. Went from a non-vaccinated person to Ashley (vaccinated) to the kids (unvaccinated) to me (vaccinated). Thankfully due to being vaccinated it merely feels like a tour cold; my dad however got sick without a vaccine and is now 12 weeks into a very terrible recovery with lung/ heart/ liver issues. I outta be good in a day or two. See y’all on stream tomorrow regardless!”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy & Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Team Up For New Song “In Defiance”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda have released a new collaborative track titled “In Defiance.” Heafy commented:

“‘In Defiance‘ produced by Mike Shinoda is finally here! Stream it on repeat for the rest of all time! Arigato Shinoda-san for making this tune sound unlike anything I’ve ever created.

Production, programming: Mike Shinoda
Vocals, guitars: Matthew K Heafy
Art: Half Sumo“

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Teams Up With Richard Marx For Metal Version Of “Right Here Waiting”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy has teamed up with Richard Marx for a new metal version of Marx’s song “Right Here Waiting.” You can check that out below:

Heafy commented:

“Richard is one of the greatest songwriters of our time and an incredible incredible human being, so it’s unreal that we were able to create this metal version of his mega-hit together. Stream the heck outta it!”

He also previously discussed the track during an appearance on “Bringin’ It Backwards“:

“I saw his son was wearing a Trivium shirt, so I hit him up on social media. [He’s a] super-amazing guy. We stayed in touch. One day, I [wrote to him], ‘Hey, let’s do a song together.’ And then he texted me, ‘Let’s do it.’ So I did a metal version of ‘Right Here Waiting’. He did the vocals on it already. It’s sick. Will Putney from Fit For An Autopsy is mixing the song.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sepultura To Release “SepulQuarta” Album In August

Sepultura will be releasing a new compilation album titled “SepulQuarta” on August 13. The effort will feature various quarantine performances that were recorded for their series of the same name. Andreas Kisser commented:

“‘SepulQuarta‘ was born at the very beginning of the pandemic when everything was halted. We had a new album out, but we couldn’t tour for it. Therefore, we created this recurring event where we could talk with our fans around the world, play our music and exchange ideas, it was a blast! SepulQuarta kept us alive and strong throughout one of the most difficult times in human history.”

“SepulQuarta” Track Listing:

01. “Territory” (feat. ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson)
02. “Cut-Throat” (feat. Anthrax’s Scott Ian)
03. “Sepulnation” (feat. Danko Jones)
04. “Inner Self” (feat. Sacred Reich’s Phil Rind)
05. “Hatred Aside” (feat. Hatefulmurder’s Angélica Burns, Torture Squad’s Mayara Puertas & Crypta’s Fernanda Lira)
06. “Mask” (feat. Devin Townsend)
07. “Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering” (feat. Far From Alaska’s Emmily Barreto)
08. “Vandals Nest” (feat. Testament’s Alex Skolnick)
09. “Slave New World” (feat. Trivium’s Matt Heafy)
10. “Ratamahatta” (feat. Os Paralamas do Sucesso’s Joao Barone & ex-Titãs drummer Charles Gavin)
11. “Apes Of God” (feat. Death Angel’s Rob Cavestany)
12. “Phantom Self” (feat. Periphery’s Mark Holcomb)
13. “Slaves Of Pain” (feat. Kreator’s Fred Leclercq & Korzus’ Marcello Pompeu)
14. “Kaiowas” (feat. Angra’s Rafael Bittencourt)
15. “Orgasmatron” (Motörhead cover) (feat. Motörhead’s Phil Campbell)

Dig The Grave Use Cameo To Create “ISO” Reaction Video Featuring Members Of Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Mudvayne, Etc.

Dig The Grave have premiered a new video for their song “ISO.“ The group used Cameo to make the clip, which features: Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Derrick Green (Sepultura), Chad Gray (Mudvayne HELLYEAH), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) Beefcake The Mighty (GWAR), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Mark Hunter (Chimaira), Elias Soriano (Nonpoint), Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), George Pettit (Alexisonfire), Tia Carrere (Crucial Taunt), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Erik “Smelly” Sandin (NOFX), Andy Cizek (Monuments), Dan Kenny (Suicide Silence), and Rody Walker (Protest The Hero).

August Burns Red To Release Re-Recorded Version Of “Leveler”, Announce Livestream Concert

August Burns Red will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Leveler” by releasing a re-recorded version of it on May 21. Notably, the new version of the record will feature guest appearances from Trivium’s Matt Heafy, Periphery’s Misha Mansoor, and Fit For A King’s Ryan Kirby. Furthermore, the band will also be playing a “Leveler” 10th anniversary livestream concert on May 22.

“Leveler” Track Listing:

01. “X”
02. “Empire”
03. “Internal Cannon” (feat. Matt Heafy)
04. “Divisions”
05. “Cutting The Ties”
06. “Pangaea” (feat. Misha “Bulb” Mansoor)
07. “Carpe Diem”
08. “40 Nights”
09. “Salt & Light”
10. Poor Millionaire” (feat. Ryan Kirby)
11. “1/16/2011”
12. “Boys Of Fall”
13. “Leveler”

Tickets for the livestream and pre-orders for the updated version of the album can be found HERE. Guitarist JB Brubaker said the following about the new release:

“‘Leveler‘ is a record we’ve always been proud of, and we wanted to do something special for its ten-year anniversary. We’ve done some cool remix projects for previous albums when they’ve turned 10, but with ‘Leveler‘, we decided to kick things up a notch. COVID has kept us off the road for such a long time that we found ourselves with a rare opportunity to take on this unique project.

We dove into this record and dissected the songs, rewriting solos, changing the tunings, adding new textures and elements, and got a few of our friends to do some guest spots as well. Our longtime producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland handled the recording/mixing and helped us take ‘Leveler‘ to new sonic heights. I think this is the best-sounding ABR record we’ve ever made, and it’s going to allow people to experience the record in a whole new way. I can’t wait to share this with everyone.”