Trivium Mastermind und Frontmann Matthew Kiichi Heafy präsentiert die nächste Single von seinem extremen Soloprojekt IBARAKI. Der neue Track `Rōnin` bedient sich Gastvocals von Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) und einem Solo von Ihsahn (Emperor). Auch das Reinhören in die bisherigen Auskopplungen `Akumu` und ‘Tamashii No Houkai‘ lohnt sich nach wie vor. Das Fulllength-Debüt „Rashomon“ erscheint am 06. Mai.
„‚A rōnin is a masterless warrior. 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. 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. Gerard did all the screams on this song. Ihsahn is on the solo. Ihsahn’s family on the “whoa oh’s”. Yours truly on singing. Alex Bent on drums.“