ALBUM REVIEW: Ibaraki – Rashomon


Ibaraki is the new solo project from Trivium’s Matt Heafy, and Rashomon is released through Nuclear Blast, having been over a decade in the making. The name translates as “Wild Trees”, but is also taken from a terrifying Japanese demon of feudal legend, and the concept is a profound affirmation of Heafy’s Japanese-American heritage, incorporating a number of different musical styles. Although the main inspiration clearly sits within the black etal genre, taking influence from the experience of Emperor’s Ihsahn, who co-produced, and whose quirkier ideas from his solo work are peppered throughout the release. Continue reading


Trivium’s Matthew Kiichi Heafy’s Ibaraki Shares Video For “Akumu” ft. Nergal From Behemoth


Trivium singer and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy has shared more details about his long-awaited and much-anticipated Ibaraki, and his debut album Rashomon will be released on May 6th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has shared the video for “Akumu” featuring Death Metal legend Nergal of Behemoth. Watch it now!

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Trivium’s Matthew Kiichi Heafy Shares New Single and Video for Ibaraki – “Tamashii No Houkai” Feat. Ihsahn Of Emperor


Trivium singer and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy has released the very first single from his highly-anticipated Ibaraki Black Metal project. Today, Ibaraki has shared the video for “Tamashii No Houkai,” featuring special guest Ihsahn of Emperor. Watch the video here.Continue reading