Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
If you've been a loyal follower of Trivium for as long as I have, you'll know that Matt Heafy loves his black metal, and that he has been working on a black metal side project since 2010. The longer that time went on, people started to think that this side project would never see the light of day. However, after 12 years in the making, it's finally ready to see the light of day.
Initially being name Mrityu, the name has now changed to Ibaraki, and the album is titled Rashomon, and will be released on May 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. Given that Matt is heavily immersed in his Japanese heritage, all the song titles (with the exception of one) are in Japanese. The album was also produced and co-written by Ihsahn from Emperor, and there will also be guest vocal appearances by Ihsahn, as well as Nergal from Behemoth and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance. The only other known musician on the album is Alex Bent on drums. The track listing and artwork is below.
Rashomon track listing:
01. Hakanaki Hitsuzen
04. Jigoku Dayu
05. Tamashii No Houkai
06. Akumu (feat. Nergal)
08. Ronin (feat. Gerard Way)
09. Susanoo No Mikoto (feat. Ihsahn)
The first taste of the album was revealed last month with the single "Tamashii No Houkai", and now the second single "Akumu", has been released, both of which you can stream down below. The new single features guest vocals from Nergal, which are sung in Polish.