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Archaios

Formed: 1994
From: Dominican Republic
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Archaios News

Below is our complete Archaios news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Exsanguination Throne Drummer Murdered

Dominican death metallers Archaios just published on their Facebook page an official statement about the murder of one of their peers, Exsanguination Throne's drummer Jose Carlos Hernández, on September 2nd while the band was playing at a local concert. This vile and violent affair only adds more trouble to the cloud of controversy that has surrounded the band and the Dominican Metal scene for more than two decades. The statement, written by Archaios' guitarist Eric Cruz, says:

The Dominincan Republic has lost a great musician but most of all an outstanding person. Jose Carlos Hernández' (aka Asmodeo Nefast Drum Shiva) murder is an act of hate. He was stabbed 27 times on Sunday, September 2nd outside a club where Archaios and other bands were playing. None of us (Archaios' members) had the chance to intervene nor help as the crime happened ironically while we were playing our last two songs of the set "Dreaming with the Dead" and "Eternal Bleeding" and didn't notice what was happening until a friend came into the club and onto the stage to ask our replacement drummer William Marte for medical help.

William is a doctor and was tapped by the band to fill in for our drummer Johandy Ureña until he returns from the U.S.A. By the time he got out of the club Shiva was already being taken to a hospital. Of course, the number and kind of wounds he had didn't even allow him to reach the hospital with a pulse.

Living in a conservative country like the Dominican Republic, Shiva chose to give up on everything he had here to lead a life in South America doing what he loved the most: playing Metal. This was a step few are willing to take in order to pursue the Metal dream, the dream of extreme music. He was in the country coincidentally, on a vacation break and went to that concert just to celebrate the music he loved, until the very end.

We, Archaios, profoundly condemn this act of blood and offer our condolences to his family who has been shrouded by a dark cloud no one should ever experience. Going through these difficult times and struggling to see justice done is something just horrific. One more time, the spiral of conjectures unleashed by the sensationalist media has been overwhelming. Many local journalists have excelled by speculating without even leaving room to find out about the true facts surrounding the articles they write. So is the case, that the newspapers even said that a second person who was just wounded at the scene died as well, not even thinking about the grave repercussions this kind of lies might lead to.

Shiva, you may be gone, but your legacy lives on forever inside those who knew you and shared the stage with you. Your Metal Brothers will never forget. Hails to you!

Below is a video for Exsanguination Throne doing its eponymous track.


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Sixth Installment Of "And Justice For Art" Posted

Pure Grain Audio has posted the sixth and final installment of the series "..And Justice For Art." This week, writer Ramon Martos-Garcia writes about a band that has plenty of shared experiences with him - Archaios.

After finally launching its second album on a label, the Dominican band had come up with several concepts for the cover artwork before arriving at the defining work they used from Brazilian artist Carlos Fides. In the article, you will see a couple of prototypes the band decided not to use for the album. Read more by heading over here. More...

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Archaios Filming New Video

Dominican death metallers Archaios have posted on their Facebook page a brand new round of photos of the making of their new video "Nightshade." The song is the opening track of the band's latest album "The Distant," out now on Dark Canvas Records.

"Nightshade," which was created by the independent Dominican production company Ivolucion, will be premiered on Pure Grain Audio next month. See the photos and read the hilarious comments here. More...

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Bilocate To Contribute Recipe To Metal Cookbook

Hani Al-Abbadi from the Jordanian dark oriental metal act Bilocate is going to share a recipe in the upcoming book "For Those About To Cook Pure Metal" by Bruce Moore. The following press release was issued about the book:

"For Those About To Cook Pure Metal is a collection of recipes, anecdotes and pictures from metal musicians from around the world. With contributions from numerous musical genres and countries, this is truly a multi-ethnic collector’s cookbook. Readers will be presented with recipes ranging from appetizers to full course meals and desserts.

"Pure Metal is more than a cookbook: it is also a fan collectible as it includes short informative biographies, high quality pictures of the artists (mostly in a kitchen setting)), pictures of the food and, in some cases, a quote about why the recipe or food is important to the contributor. Readers and fans will gain an insider’s view into the lifestyle and habits of the artists and bands; a sort of backstage pass or behind-the-scenes look into the lives of their favorite artists far from the stage and the studio."

Read more about the book via Facebook. The following bands will be appearing in the collection: More...

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Archaios Posts Earthquake Relief Message

In addition to spreading their potent brand of melodic death metal far and beyond their Caribbean homeland, Dominican lifers Archaios have a philanthropic streak a mile wide, and are committed to charity and lending a helping hand to those in need.

The long-running group is no stranger to poverty and hardship, and with that in mind, has pledged to contribute 25% of all album sales for the recent Dark Canvas debut, "The Distant," to ongoing relief efforts for Haiti and Japan, two nations who were both hit hard by devastating natural disasters last year.

Below we have posted Archaios' video message to fans and comrades in metal, explaining the decision to make these donations and discussing the new record. More...

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Archaios Song Appearing On "Fear Candy" Comp

Dominican Republic act Archaios has issued the following announcement about a song appearing on Terrorizer Magazine's "Fear Candy" compilation:

"Archaios did it again! Archaios is featured on the pages of the latest issue (#218 January 2012) of the world famous Terrorizer Magazine. The band's song 'Legions' is also included on the popular CD compilation Fear Candy that is edited together with the magazine.

"A review of the album 'The Distant' is also included on this issue. The album received a rating of 4 out of 5. The final line of the review says 'Half the metal planet appears to have attempted to do this kind of thing at one time or another, but precious few manage to do it with quite this level of panache or personality.'

"Terrorizer #218 (together with Fear Candy CD) will be available in Europe on December 29/2011 and in January in the US. For more info about the magazine click here."

Archaios released the new album "The Distant" last month, which has the following track listing: More...

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Archaios Streaming New Track

Dominican Republic melodic death metal act Archaios is streaming the song "Legions (In Remembrance Of...)" from the band's sophomore release "The Distant" (heard below). The LP is scheduled for release on November 11, 2011 through Dark Canvas Records.

The track listing for "The Distant" is as follows:

1. Nightshade
2. The Distant
3. Gathering The Silence
4. Legions (In Remembrance Of...)
5. Dreaming With The Dead
6. Until Lightning Strikes
7. Approaching Of My Demise
8. My Mourning

Check out "Legions (In Remembrance Of...)" here: More...

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Archaios Releases Video Documentary

As Dominican band Archaios gears up to release it's new album "The Distant" on November 11th, a new video documentary has been created to give fans a retrospective look and insight into the band. The eight minute video is in Spanish with English subtitles. More...

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Archaios Streaming New Album Title Track

Dominican death metal act Archaios is set to drop the new full-length album "The Distant" through Dark Canvas Records on November 11th, 2011.

The band has now teamed up with Gun Shy Assassin to stream a track off the album. Head over to this location to check out the title track off "The Distant."

The track listing for "The Distant" is as follows:

1. Nightshade
2. The Distant
3. Gathering The Silence
4. Legions (In Remembrance Of...)
5. Dreaming With The Dead
6. Until Lightning Strikes
7. Approaching Of My Demise
8. My Mourning
9. The Joy Of Life (instrumental bonus track)

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Archaios Reveals New Album Details

Dominican death metallers Archaios will be release their new full-length album, entitled "The Distant," via Dark Canvas Records on November 11th, 2011.

The album was recorded and produced by Archaios in the band's hometown of Santo Domingo and mixed and mastered in Illinois, U.S. by Kanky Lora. The cover artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Carlos Fides. A preview of the album can be found below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Nightshade
2. The Distant
3. Gathering The Silence
4. Legions (In Remembrance Of...)
5. Dreaming With The Dead
6. Until Lightning Strikes
7. Approaching Of My Demise
8. My Mourning
9. The Joy Of Life (instrumental bonus track)

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Unearthing the Dominican Metal Underground

Located out in the Caribbean between Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic has long been an island nation melting pot for a variety of cultures and styles brought over by the millions of tourists and influences that converge upon it. Dominicans are known in America for the crop of professional baseball players they produce and in our large Hispanic community for the stream of bachata/merengue music along with the superstar reggaeton production duo Luny Tunes.

The times are changing though, and the rich history that the Dominicans have had with folkloric rock music has gradually come to include all genres of popular rock/metal throughout the last couple of decades. Bands such as Toque Profundo and M-16 have opened up the floodgates to more extreme categories of rock music, producing the likes of Ad Bestia's hardcore, Santuario's punk rock, the thrash of Necro, good traditional thrash from Overhated and the power metal of Altus Mortem. For a comprehensive look into the Dominican Republic's rich rock history, check out the two-part video Dominican Rock Pt 1 and 2 to gain a greater insight into the scene.

Nowadays, with home studio computer equipment and social networking, hundreds of young bands are cropping up all over the Dominican landscape. In fact, a few homegrown independent labels now showcase the talents of the more extreme Caribbean bands - Dark Canvas and Goecia records. Today we will take a look at three of the most deserving and hard working bands paying their dues in the trenches of Santo Domingo.

Archaios

Conceived in 1994, Archaios are the premier melodic techno-thrash band from Santo Domingo. Fusing intricate leads with an abundance of bridges and time changes, this is one band that deserve a further listen. Their new one, "The Distant," drops in November and is an exponentially good progression from their debut, 2006's "Out of the Shadows." You can check out their songs in full at their Myspace page and listen to the promotional sampler clip below, plus a few other tracks from their debut. Also, you can read a full interview with the band here.

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Archaios Readies New Album, "The Distant"

Dominican Republic death metal band ARCHAIOS will finally be releasing their first full-length album through Dark Canvas Records. Slated for an autumn 2011 release, "The Distant" was recorded and produced by the band in their hometown Santo Domingo and mixed and mastered in Illinois, USA by Kanky Lora (who has worked with Cavalera Conspiracy, Straight Line Stitch and Mark Rizzo Band). The stunning cover artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Carlos Fides.

After almost three years in the making, "The Distant" will be the first Dominican metal recording to be released internationally by a North American record label.

Since its inception in the Dominican underground scene in 1994, the band has enjoyed favorable popularity among local fans of extreme music. However, their country’s predominant right-wing media has never paid serious attention to the band beyond calling the band “a musical oddity” or to using it as target for censorship campaigns against metal music. In spite of this, the group has become one of the main driving forces of the scene, being praised for the quality of their musicianship and their intense and dramatic stage performances. Due to past line up changes, economic constrains and poor logistic support, Archaios has only released some demos and their debut album "Out of the Shadows" (2006). Although this recording was warmly received locally, the lack of support from a proper record label denied the band the possibility of making an impact in the international metal community.

However, things are about to change for ARCHAIOS. A U.S. tour is being scheduled for 2012 as ARCHAIOS prepares to become the first Dominican metal band to tour North America.

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