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Trivium's Matt Heafy Details Debut LP 'Rashomon' From Black Metal Project Ibaraki, Shares New Track

Monday, 21 February 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Trivium's Matthew Kiichi Heafy has released details of the debut album from his Japanese-themed black metal-influenced project, Ibaraki.

'Rashomon' will arrive on May 6 via Nuclear Blast and include the single Tamashii No Houkai with Emperor's Ihsahn, released in January. The 10-track record also features My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way on Rōnin, and Nergal on the newly shared brutal collaboration Akumu, which is streaming below. Heafy said:

"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."

He added: "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."

Trivium will return for UK and European shows on their rescheduled Dead Men And Dragons Tour in January 2023. They released their 10th studio album, 'In The Court Of The Dragon', in October 2021.

'Rashomon' tracklist:

1. Hakanaki Hitsuzen
2. Kagutsuchi
3. Ibaraki-Dōji
4. Jigoku Dayū
5. Tamashii No Houkai
6. Akumu (featuring Nergal)
7. Komorebi
8. Rōnin (featuring Gerard Way)
9. Susanoo No Mikoto (featuring Ihsahn)
10. Kaizoku

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