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Trivium’s Matt Heafy To Release New Children’s Book ‘Ibaraki & Friends’ & Companion Lullaby Album


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Trivium, etc. vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy has penned a new children’s book titled ‘Ibaraki & Friends‘. Despite sharing the name with his Japanese mythology-inspired black metal project Ibaraki, this new book instead focuses on more child-friendly Japanese folklore.

Heafy commented of the project:

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“‘Ibaraki & 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 & 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.”

Heafy has also laid down a lullaby CD to accompany the forthcoming book, which was illustrated by Half Sumo Collective and features a layout designed by Heafy‘s wife, Ashley. Pre-orders for the project, which is expected out this summer via Z2 Comics, can be found here.

The debut album from Heafy‘s aforementioned Ibaraki project has been christened “Rashomon” and will be out on May 06th via Nuclear Blast. At the moment, Heafy is out on the road with Megadeth, Lamb Of God and In Flames, here’s where you can catch them next:

04/21 Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
04/22 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
04/24 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
04/26 Omaha, NE – Baxter Arena
04/27 Cedar Rapids, IA – Alliant Energy PowerHouse
04/29 Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
04/30 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center (no Trivium)
05/03 North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
05/04 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
05/06 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
05/07 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
05/10 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
05/12 Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena
05/13 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
05/15 Allentown, PA – PPL Center
05/17 Laval, QC – Place Bell
05/18 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
05/19 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre

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