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LISTEN: IBARAKI’s Latest Epic Track ‘Rōnin’, Featuring A Vicious Guest Vocal From Gerard Way

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 25 March 2022 at 14.55

You've never heard Gerard sound quite like this before.

IBARAKI, the black metal project from Trivium's Matt Heafy, has shared another epic from their long-awaited debut album, and it is a really special one. 

It's called 'Rōnin' and is a sprawling nine-minute epic, full of twists and turns of storytelling via expansive riffing and beautiful croons. 

And it also features Gerard Way, giving a performance unlike anything you have heard from him before. 

His throat-screeching howl sits at the middle of this track, pushing Gerard's vocal capabilities into exciting and exhilarating new places, and adding layers of despondency to the track to counter the smoother edges. 

It is fucking incredible. 

Kiichii had this to say about the track:

"'A rōnin is a masterless warrior. The final two full compositions on Rashōmon see a significant shift musically. The album as a whole - with the exception of the intro and outro - is actually presented in chronological order of earliest written to latter-most. The guitar and bass tracks are a time-capsule of sorts in that their parts - on the final album - are actually from the year they were tracked.

"One can begin to see the shifts as the years went on for the writing of the album. 'Kagutsuchi'/'Ibaraki-doji' being written and tracked in 2010/2011, all the way up to 'Rōnin'/'Susanoo No Mikot' being written and tracked in 2016/2017."

And this about Gerard's appearance:

"Gerard Way has been a long-time inspiration for me - like Ihsahn and Nergal - I have looked to Gerard as a constant source of motivation to be creative. While Gerard and I may be from different genres than where Ibaraki and black metal stem from - outsiders of sorts - the spirit and intent of our performances is what unites our passion for pushing boundaries."

Let's go:

It's set to appear on 'Rashomon' which will be released on May 06 via Nuclear Blast.

It will also feature 'Akumu':

And 'Tamashii No Houkai':

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