Trivium singer and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy has released “Rashomon,” the long-awaited and much-anticipated album from his Ibaraki project today, May 6, 2022, via Nuclear Blast Records.
Ibaraki also has shared the “Kagutsuchi” video. The song is a very important one in the project’s history.
“‘Kagutsuchi’ is the turning point in my relationship to black metal,” Heafy said. “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.”
He continued” “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,” Heafy finished.
“Kagutsuchi” features a guest bass solo by Trivium’s Paolo Gregoletto.
“Rashomon” track listing: