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MATT HEAFY & IHSAHN's Black Metal Project IBARAKI Drops Debut Single "Tamashii No Houkai"


Ibaraki, the long-awaited black metal collaboration between Trivium's Matt Heafy and Ihsahn, is finally streaming its debut single "Tamashii No Houkai." The single showcases crushingly relentless riffs alongside Heafy ranging from strangled screams to soaring cleans.

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"'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."

"'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 summarized everything from the past, present, and future of what I thought black metal was, is, and could be."

"'Tamashii No Houkai' is the perfect summary and representation of everything that Ibaraki is… and will be."

Now we wait for a Ibaraki full-length.

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