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MCR’s Gerard Way guests on new song from Matt Heafy’s Ibaraki project

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My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way guests on a new song by Ibaraki, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy‘s black metal side project.

The nine-minute track, titled “Rōnin,” refers to the term used for a masterless samurai in feudal Japan. You can listen to it now via digital outlets, and watch its accompanying video streaming now on YouTube.

“Gerard Way has been a long-time inspiration for me,” Heafy says. “I have looked to Gerard as a constant source of motivation to be creative.”

He continues, “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.”

“Rōnin” will appear on the debut Ibaraki album Rashomon, due out May 6. The record also includes contributions from Nergal of Behemoth and Ihsahn of Emperor.

Way, meanwhile, is prepping to return to the road on MCR’s long-awaited reunion tour, which is set to finally kick off this May after a two-year pandemic delay. The U.S. leg launches in August.

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