Matt Heafy Of Trivium & Ibaraki

Trivum’s Matt Heafy Launches “Kagutsuchi” Music Video From His Ibaraki Project


Trivium vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy has released the debut album “Rashomon” from his Ibaraki project. Inspired by black metal & Japanese mythology, the project blossomed out of a planned collaboration with Ihsahn of Emperor fame.

Ihsahn would go on to oversee the project in a production role, while Heafy would enlist several guests for the record, including Behemoth vocalist/guitarist Nergal & My Chemical Romance vocalist Gerard Way. Heafy‘s Trivium bandmates Paolo Gregoletto (bass), Corey Beaulieu (guitar) and Alex Bent (drummer) were also all recruited to help flesh out the album.

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Alongside today’s (May 06th) release of the album is the debut of a music video for the latest single “Kagutsuchi“. Heafy stated of it:

“‘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.”

This particular track finds Trivium‘s Paolo Gregoletto laying down a guest bass solo.

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