Matthew Kiichi Heafy’s Ibaraki Releases Video for New Song “RŌNIN” Feat. Gerard Way + Ihsahn


Trivium singer and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy has shared another song from Rashomon, the long-awaited and much-anticipated album from his IBARAKI project.

Watch the video for the song “Rōnin,” which features My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way and Ihsahn, here

“‘A rōnin is a masterless warrior,” shares Kiichi. “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 actual guitar and bass tracks are a time-capsule of sorts in that their parts — on the final album — is actually from the year they were tracked.”

He continues, “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 Mikoto’ being written and tracked in 2016/2017.”

As for his collaboration with Way, Kiichi shares, “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.”

 Rashomon will be released May 6 via Nuclear Blast. 

Pre-order Rashomon on CD, vinyl, cassette, and T-Shirt + CD bundle here.

Fans can get all the released songs by pre-saving here.

Ibaraki were recently selected as one of the most anticipated releases of 2022 by Revolver.
RASHOMON TRACK LISTING:
“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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