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Trivium’s Matt Heafy announces debut album with Ibaraki project

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Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has announced his debut album with Ibaraki, his new black metal side project.

The record is called Rashomon, and is due out May 6. It features the previously released single “Tamashii No Houkai,” as well as just-dropped new tune called “Akumu,” featuring Nergal of Behemoth.

“‘Akumu’ translates to ‘nightmare,'” says Heafy. “With this piece, I encourage the listener to work to find their interpretations of what they feel from the lyrics, music, and the haunting visuals of the music video.”

You can do just that by watching the “Akumu” video streaming now on YouTube.

Another track on Rashomon, titled “Rōnin,” features My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.

Trivium’s most recent album is 2021’s In the Court of the Dragon. They hit the road in April on the Metal Tour of the Year with Megadeth, Lamb of God and In Flames.

Here’s the Rashomon track list:

“Hakanaki Hitsuzen”
“Kagutsuchi”
“Ibaraki-Dōji”
“Jigoku Dayū”
“Tamashii No Houkai”
“Akumu” feat. Nergal
“Komorebi”
“Rōnin” feat. Gerard Way
“Susanoo No Mikoto” feat. Ihsahn
“Kaizoku”

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