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Matthew Kiichi Heafy Releases First Single From New Black Metal Project IBARAKI

Trivium frontman Matthew Kiichi Heafy has (finally) released the first single of his new Black Metal project IBARAKI. The first single carries the title Tamashii No Houkai and released with an accompanying music video via Nuclear Blast Records. The first single features special guest IHSAHN. When asked about the long-awaited release, Heafy shared the following about the contents of the new single:

“‘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.”

Eager to listen? You can do so right below!

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Glenn van den Bosch