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Matthew Kiichi Heafy’s Ibaraki Shares “Kagutsuchi” Video

Posted by Corinne Westbrook in News on May 6, 2022

The black metal project over a decade in the making from Matt Heafy officially arrives with the thunderous new single.

Extreme metal project of Trivium’s singer and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy, Ibaraki, has released a video for “Kagutsuchi” from his long-awaited and much-anticipated album Rashomon, which is out today. The song is a very important one in the project’s history.

“‘Kagutsuchi’ is the turning point in my relationship to black metal,” says Kiichi. “Before crafting this piece, I believed I needed to stick to all the tropes of tradition — I didn’t believe that I was able to attach my name to keep something legitimately black metal.”

He continues, “Befriending Ihsahn and having him as a mentor showed me that being true to oneself is far more important than being true to a genre. Ihsahn freed my mind and encouraged the sharpening of the tools needed to begin Ibaraki properly.”

Kiichi finishes, “The very recorded guitar tracks in this final album are actually from 2010/2011. This album is an auditory time-capsule of my journey in creating Ibaraki. ‘Kagutsuchi’ was the first song I wrote after I had begun my tutelage under Ihsahn.”

“Kagutsuchi” features a guest bass solo by Trivium’s Paolo Gregoletto.

Ibaraki references a Japanese demon that remains prominent in feudal legend. Adopting the name bridges an ominous aesthetic while remaining rooted with Heafy’s rich heritage. Get Rashomon on CD, vinyl, cassette, and T-Shirt + CD bundle here.

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