Triviums Matthew Heafy is delighting fans today by releasing the first single from his long-awaited and much-anticipated Ibaraki project. Ibaraki is the name for a terrifying Japanese demon taken from feudal legend
The band have also released the video for the track titled “Tamashii No Houkai,” featuring special guest Ihsahn of Emperor fame.
“‘Tamashii No Houkai’ means ‘the breaking of the soul’ or ‘soul collapse,” explains Heafy. “It’s a Japanese term that didn’t exist before, but one we forged to reflect the song’s meaning.”
Heafy, who is of Japanese heritage, continues, “‘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.”
Heafy finishes, “‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is the perfect summary and representation of everything that Ibaraki is… and will be.”
The track begins with a torrent of crushing guitars and death metal vocals from which brief sections of glorious clean singing emerges as the track unfolds. The band push the track into a more complex musical journey. Of course it being Heafy there is some rather tasty guitar work too. The wait was very much worth it.
Check it out, here