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Watch the video for Akumu, single two from Matt Heafy's Ibaraki project

Matthew Kiichi Heafy Ibaraki
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Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has shared more details about the debut album from his Japanese-themed black metal solo project Ibaraki, and shared the album's second single, Akumu.

Rashomon, which borrows its title from Akira Kurosawa's hugely influential 1950 film, will be released on May 6 via Nuclear Blast. The album's first single, Tamashii No Houkai, which featured a guest appearance by Emperor frontman Ihsahn, was released in January, and Heafy has now shared the video for single two, Akumu, which features Nergal from Behemoth.

Akumu translates to 'nightmare'," says Heafy, "and with this piece, I encourage the listener to work to find their interpretations of what they feel from the lyrics, music, and the haunting visuals of the music video. I have always been fascinated by Sagazan's Transfiguration, and for years, I have wanted to pay homage to his works with a performance art piece; to finally be able to immerse myself in his style was an intense experience."

The full tracklisting for Rashomon, which features contributions from Trivium's Cory Beaulieu, Alex Bent and Paolo Gregoletto, on various tracks, is:

Paul Brannigan
Paul Brannigan

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.