Matt Heafy’s IBARAKI Unveil Debut Single Feat. Ihsahn

The long awaited black metal side project of Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has finally released its first song, ahead of a full album release later this year.

IBARAKI has been in the works for a number of years, initially going by the name Mrityu as a collaboration between Heafy and Emperor mastermind Ihsahn. It has since rebranded as Heafy shifted focus to Japanese mythology, while taking its name from Trivium’s mascot (itself inspired by Japanese mythos). The first track, Tamashii no Houkai, surfaced unexpectedly online on Friday.

While there is no further information yet regarding the project, the song’s release on Nuclear Blast’s YouTube makes it pretty clear that the band are signed to the record label giant, and it is likely that a full length will see the light of day before the end of the year.

You can listen to Tamashii no Houkai below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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