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LISTEN: The First Single From IBARAKI, The New Black Metal Project From Matthew Kiichi Heafy

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 21 January 2022 at 16.28

'Tamashii No Houkai'

It's been a long time coming, but Trivium's Matthew Kiichi Heafy has revealed the first piece of his new project IBARAKI. 

Named after a terrifying Japanese demon, the band finds Kiichi delving into the worlds of black metal and his family's culture in ways he never has before.

And the result is astonishing. 

The debut single is called 'Tamashii No Houkai', and breaks the back on what the band can and will be in an instant. Wave after wave of breakneck drums, crushing guitars and savage and soulful vocals, it is beautiful, brutal, boundless and bold. It also features Insahn of Emporer fame, who adds his own expertise and flair to the piece.

Kiichi explains a bit more about it right here:

"'Tamashii No Houkai' means 'the breaking of the soul' or 'soul collapse. It's a Japanese term that didn't exist before, but one we forged to reflect the song's meaning.

 "'Tamashii No Houkai' is co-written by Ihsahn — the legend behind Emperor and a musician who has been a longtime influence and mentor to so much that I do in music. The writing of this song was the turning point for Ibaraki — it summarised everything from the past, present, and future of what I thought black metal was, is, and could be."

"'Tamashii No Houkai' is the perfect summary and representation of everything that Ibaraki is… and will be."

Get stuck in below:

We recently chatted to Kiichi all about his life, career and everything in between, and put it in this beautiful magazine. 

You can grab a copy now from right HERE


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