Depending on your level of interest in the side projects of Trivium frontman and former Decibel cover star Matt Heafy, you may have heard rumblings over the last decade that Heafy planned to make a black metal album and that Emperor guitarist and vocalist Ihsahn would produce it. Now, at least nine years after it was first mentioned, you can hear the first song from Ibaraki, not only co-written and produced by Ihsahn but featuring the black metal legend on the song.
“Tamashii No Houkai” is certainly a black metal song but it also showcases his distinct screaming and singing vocal styles. As he explains, Ibaraki is a word for a Japanese demon of legend. “Tamashii No Houkai” means “the breaking of the soul.”
“‘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,” Heafy said at the song’s release. “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.”
Listen to the new song below.