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Unique Leader Records band Arkaik just released a new music video for "The Temple Aflame," taken off latest album "Lucid Dawn." Check out the clip below, and you can also stream the entire "Lucid Dawn" album at this location.
"Lucid Dawn" was engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Wrvth, All Shall Perish et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California and is out now worldwide via Unique Leader Records.
Elaborated the band of the new video: "This track is all about the groove and raw heaviness. It's straight forward and to-the-point, which is pretty different from previous stuff we've written but it serves its place within the album and adds variety between songs on Lucid Dawn. The song is basically about overcoming fear and the video kind of alludes to the concept of the album but from an alternative perspective. It was produced and directed by Nikko Deluna. We had a great time making it. We actually ended up filming on the same day/night as the fourth and final 'blood moon' total lunar eclipse of 2015, an obviously metal coincidence. Nikko was really professional and a blast to work with!"
Arkaik returns to the West Coast again fresh off the release of new album "Lucid Dawn" (available for full streaming here) as headliners of the Unique Leader Winter Showcase.
This stacked bill highlights some of the label's best and most brutal featuring Arkaik alongside Wrvth, Inanimate Existence, and Lord Of War on select dates. The short but wildly hyper-technical frenzy begins December 9th in Sailnas, California for five straight days sweeping through the Southwest and wrapping up in Anaheim, California.
12/09/2015 La Movida - Salinas, CA *
12/10/2015 Divebar - Las Vegas, NV *
12/11/2015 The Hub - Colton, CA
12/12/2015 Nile Theater - Mesa, AZ
12/13/2015 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA **
12/14/2015 Doll Hut - Anaheim, CA **
*no INANIMATE EXISTENCE and LORD OF WAR
**no ARKAIK More...
Technical death metal outfit Arkaik today - October 30 - releases new album "Lucid Dawn" via Unique Leader Records. In celebration of the drop date, all the tracks are now up for streaming in the SoundCloud player below. The full track listing is as follows:
2. From The Void
3. Digital Shroud
4. That Which Lies Hidden
5. Awaken the I
7. Fusion Of Epochs
8. Lucid Dawn
10 The Temple Aflame More...
Matt Brown from Enfold Darkness has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming shows with Arkaik:
"We have some bad news. Unfortunately, we regret to inform you all that we won't be able to do the Lucid Revolution Tour with Arkaik and Bermuda.
"A few days ago, our drummer, Greg Vance's, girlfriend got in a car accident in which she suffered some very serious injuries. I won't go into too much detail about it here so that we might respect Greg and his family's privacy, but two and a half years ago, Greg and his girlfriend moved to Nashville so that Greg might join the band. Greg and his girlfriend have no one here besides themselves.
"The plan was while we were out on tour, his girlfriend was going to hold down the fort, but as she is now incapacitated for at least the next month, she won't be able to work or even take care of herself. Due to this, Greg decided that he would not be able to do the tour with us.
"Usually, we would get a fill-in drummer when something like this happens (which we have looked into it, naturally), but because this incident has befallen us so close to the beginning of the tour, we really have no way to cover all the expenses that we would accrue from transporting a drummer with his drumkit from the West Coast (it being the only region that we have found drummers whom would be available) to Nashville. Preparing for this tour was very expensive to begin with, and our coffers are dry. More...
As the release of "Lucid Dawn" - the impending new long player from West Coast progressive death metal behemoths Arkaik - draws near, today brand new track "That Which Lies Hidden" is offered up for public scrutiny.
This new album features the addition of guitarists Miguel Esparza (ex-Hatriot) and Greg Paulson as composers, as well as guest appearances from death metal heavy weights Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight.
Prior to the release of "Lucid Dawn," Arkaik will kick off a near month-long headlining trek from October 16 through November 8. The Lucid Revolution Tour will terrorize twenty four cities in eleven states with support from Bermuda and Enfold Darkness. Dates are available below. More...
Riverside County tech death act Arkaik released a lyric video for the new track "Awaken the I." The song will appear on the band's upcoming fourth full length studio effort "Lucid Dawn," which is set for release on October 30th via Unique Leader Records.
The full track listing for the album is:
2. From The Void
3. Digital Shroud
4. That Which Lies Hidden
5. Awaken the I
7. Fusion Of Epochs
8. Lucid Dawn
10 Temple Aflam
Check out "Awaken the I" here: More...
Californian progressive death metal outfit Arkaik is set to unleash a third full-length album via Unique Leader Records on October 30, 2015.
Entitled "Lucid Dawn," the ten-track magnum opus was engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Wrvth, All Shall Perish et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California.
With the addition of guitarists Miguel Esparza (ex-Hatriot) and Greg Paulson as additional composers, "Lucid Dawn" delivers a fresh approach to the band's sound. As an added bonus, the album features guest appearances from death metal heavy weights Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight of The Black Dahlia Murder, as well as Bay Area live string quartet, Amaranth.
"Lucid Dawn" is the second installment in a series of concept albums revolving around Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. In Cyrix's world, dreaming is systematically controlled by a tyrannical ruler named Khaal-Li-Phar and his army of dark shamans, where people are forced to build monuments to the tyrant to stifle their imaginations and inhibit their ability to achieve a multi-dimensional existence. The track listing is: More...
As previously announced last week, Australian technical death metal pioneers Psycroptic will return to North America for a headlining tour this Summer.
The trek features support from Unique Leader acts Arkaik, Ovid’s Withering, and The Kennedy Veil.
Today dates for the “Bloodletting North America” tour have been announced - the tour will make its start on July 8th in Los Angeles and continue throughout the month before its final stop in Phoenix on August 1st.
The tour’s San Francisco stop will also see Pyscroptic headline the Bay Area Deathfest.
Full dates are as follows:
7/8 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos *
7/9 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House *
7/11 San Francisco, CA – Bay Area Deathfest @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
7/13 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven *
7/15 Denver, CO – Moon Room *
7/16 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room *
7/17 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s *
7/18 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa *
7/19 Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s *
7/20 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar *
7/21 Montreal, QC – Petit Campus *
7/22 Worcester, MA – Palladium *
7/23 New York,NY – Black Bear Bar *
7/24 Clementon, NJ – Harper’s Pub *
7/26 Asheville, NC – New Mountain *
7/27 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum *
7/29 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog *
7/31 Albuquerque, NM – Blu Phoenix Venue *
8/1 Phoenix, AX – Joe’s Grotto *
* with Arkaik, Ovid’s Withering, The Kennedy Veil More...
North America: get ready for the Australian technical death metal masters from Psycroptic to make their way Stateside and headline the Metal Injection-sponsored “Bloodletting North America” tour this Summer.
Dates for the tour — which also features Arkaik, Ovid’s Withering and The Kennedy Veil — will be announced soon.
During the band's first North American tour since supporting Nile in 2010, Psycroptic will blast tunes from its brand new self-titled album — which reached #59 on the Australian pop charts and is one of the best-reviewed metal records of the year to date — along with favorites from the five previous releases over the past 10 years. More...
Arkaik has issued the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:
"Fans and friends,
"A lot has gone on behind the scenes in the last year, we have faced some huge adversity as a band but are very stoked to finally announce the official permanent lineup! To bring things up to speed, within the last year, two of our long time members and guitar players have decided to head in different directions, one of which founded the band with vocalist Jared Christianson in 2006 (Chance Strickland) and another who helped take Arkaik to new heights and abilities in 2009 (Craig Peters) when first signing with Unique Leader Records.
"Craig and Chance are great friends of ours and are respectfully pursuing their own creative and personal interests and there are no hard feelings. Chance will still be working with Arkaik on certain collaborations but has stepped back from the position of rhythm guitar to focus his creative efforts on producing and performing electronic bass music with his now full time project Bastik Legion. Craig Peters will continue to rightfully hold it down on lead guitar for tech-death pioneers Deeds Of Flesh and is also focusing on his own solo music. We wish them all the best and are stoked for what they do with their talents in the future.
"Fortunately, things have come full circle since then and we are proud to announce the official joining of Miguel Esparza and Greg Paulson. Miguel started playing with Arkaik late last year and had previously been in bands with our drummer Alex Bent. He has shown incredible talent and drive since then and has filled the roll of lead guitar exceptionally well, we couldn’t be more stoked to have him on board. The same goes for Greg Paulson who joined the band earlier this year, and has also proved to be a tremendously talented player and performer. We could not be more excited to have the two of them tearing it up with us and what the future has in store for Arkaik’s most solid lineup ever. More...
Arkaik has issued the following statement about having gear stolen and seeking fan help in recovering the equipment:
"Last week our trailer was broken into and almost all of our gear was stolen in Tracy, CA. Basically everything except guitars was taken. Right now we're pretty screwed as there were no security cameras and all we have right now is a police report that we filed. We ask that if anyone sees the following for sale please shoot us a message to help us track our gear:
10 Space Rack Case with Dysmorphic and Flesh Consumed stickers on the outside
Grey carpeted Rack Case
6 Space black carpeted rack case with broken latch and ARKAIK spray painted in red on the top
(2) PEAVEY 6505+ Heads
(2) Black VADER Cabs
(2) BOSS NH2 Noise Suppresor Pedals
Ibanez Tube Screamer
Korg dtr1000 Tuner
TC Electronics G Major effects unit
ISP Decimator Pedal
(2) BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer rack units
(2) furman power conditioners
Eden WT800B bass head
Mesa Boogie 2x15 Road Ready cab with dollar bill permanently glued to the side
Juice Goose Power Conditioner
SWR Bass Tuner
"As you can see we got ripped off pretty hard and now we're in a pretty desperate situation. We ask if you see any combination of these items for sale which seems suspicious to please contact us.
"Also if you'd like to help us get back on our feet we would be eternally grateful if you'd buy a shirt at this location or if you feel inclined, make a donation to our paypal account at email@example.com. Thank you and please share this." More...
Arkaik has released the title track from the band's upcoming October 9th release of "Metamorphignition," due out through Unique Leader Records. Check out the song in the player below. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Soliloquies of the War Machine" at this location.
California act Arkaik has released the 6th track from the band's upcoming album "Metamorphignition." Check out the song entitled "Soliloquies of the War Machine" in the player below.
The "Metamorphigntion" album we be released worldwide on October 9th 2012 through Unique Leader Records, with artwork by Tony Koehl. A preview of the album is also available over at this location.
California's Arkaik has posted a video promo online containing preview music and artwork from the upcoming sophomore album "Metamorphignition," which will be released October 9th, 2012 on Unique Leader Records.
You can also catch Arkaik on the Summer Insurrection Tour this July with Severed Savior and Genocaust, with more info available here.
California's Arkaik is gearing up to embark on the "Summer Insurrection" tour in early July, with full details available in the tour poster below or over at the Arkaik Facebook profile here. The band also commented:
"The Summer Insurrection tour w/ Severed Savior, Arkaik, and Genocaust starts in a week and a half! Go to our website to order merch while its cheap to help us out! Sale will end once we leave for tour."
Riverside California's own Arkaik is set to release sophomore album "Metamorphignition" on October 9th, 2012 via Unique Leader Records. The 10 song, 53 minute album was recorded in Oakland, CA at Castle Ultimate Studios with Zack Ohren (Decrepit Birth, All Shall Perish, Severed Savior). The following press release was also issued:
"'Metamorphignition' represents Arkaik's most inspired and integral compositions to date. The album weaves together ten tracks with an expansive musical journey told from the perspective of the central character 'Cyrix,' who travels beyond the physical realms of his 'normal' consciousness by means of self-immolation. His travels take him through an intense observation of the conditions influencing the human experience, as he once knew it. Moving fluidly through different moods and arrangements, from harmonic to dissonant, brutal to beautiful, blistering to groovy, and from a position that pushes the progressive death metal genre to the edge of its skin, and beyond. A series of elaborate illustrations representing the concept for each song have been created by visionary artist Tony Koehl and fused into an unfolding booklet. Metamorphignition will take you on an atmospheric exploration of life, limitations, illumination and a wide spectrum of musical and visual reflections of a journey into the mind of man."
The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Skin Graft Hieroglyphics
(Sirens in Electric Veils)
03. Part 1
04. Part 2
(Paths of Recognition)
05. Blade Grasp Priesthood
06. Soliloquies of the War Machine
07. The Laughing Prophet of Doom
08. The Withered Hands of Mortality
09. The Omnipus
10. Opus Brahmanic More...
Cannibal Corpse is like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich if you think about it. I don’t mean literally, of course. The band has been around for 24 years with largely the same consistent sound. Every one of the records has been consistently outselling the one before it without the band ever selling out to be more commercially viable. The tours have been getting consistently longer due to worldwide demand. In all of these things, consistency is the staple. Cannibal Corpse has shown itself to be one of those universal constants like peanut butter & jelly, and both are widely accepted and can be mighty tasty if you’re in the mood for them.
As evidenced by the long line of black shirts seen up and down Elliston Place outside the Exit/In, Nashville, TN was having a Cannibal Corpse craving at the end of April. Fortunately for us, Cannibal Corpse just rolled into town with a few bands in tow: Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik. More...
Arkaik has posted a pre-production song online titled "Skingraft Hieroglyphics," which can be heard in the player below. The band commented:
"This is a pre-production track titled 'Skingraft Hieroglyphics.' We recorded this at home to give the fans a glimpse into the next album which is called 'Metamorphignition.'
"Enjoy and please spread the word! We will be hitting the studio in February to officially start recording the full length. NOTE: The drums are programmed and everything else was recorded at home."
U.S. death metal band Cannibal Corpse announced that the band will embark on a headline tour of the United States with Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn and Arkaik in support. The band is promoting the forthcoming release "Torture," which is scheduled for a North American release date of March 13, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.
Bassist Alex Webster commented on the tour: “We're psyched to hit the road with Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik in April! This is a full-on death metal tour that we know all of our fans will love. Prepare for an evening of relentless aural punishment!”
The confirmed dates of the tour are as follows:
CANNIBAL CORPSE U.S. Torture Tour 2012
w/ Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, Arkaik
4/05/2012 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
4/06/2012 The Soapbox – Wilmington, NC
4/07/2012 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
4/08/2012 V Club Live – Huntington, WV
4/09/2012 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
4/10/2012 The Canal Club – Richmond, VA
4/12/2012 Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
4/13/2012 The Club At Water Street – Rochester, NY
4/14/2012 The Cincinnati Metal Fest @ Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH w/ CANNIBAL CORPSE, The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile, Exhumed, Skeletonwitch, Abysmal Dawn, Hour Of Pennance, Arkaik More...
California death metal act Arkaik has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Keith Roylance:
"We are sad to say Keith Roylance will be leaving the band. We'd like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication to help get Arkaik where it is today. He will still be playing our upcoming shows, But due to his personal life he will be unable to tour with the band.
"So! That leaves us looking for a new full time drummer. We are looking for a dedicated drummer that wants to tour and take Arkaik to the next level. You must have a passport and a clean record so we can tour outside of the country. Dedicated and passionate about the music and your craft. Not only do we want someone who can play our material but also someone who can add some new flavor and a sick jazz fusion style to the band amongst the brutality. Serious inquiries only!
"If you or someone you know who might be interested please send us a message on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Here's a list of songs we would like to see covered for try outs...
The Divine Manifestation
Face of Regression
"Please help spread the word on looking for a new drummer so we can hit the road asap!
Also we are over halfway done writing for the upcoming album 'Metamorphignition.' This will not hinder the writing at all we are still very hard at work to finish the album and hit the studio in fall/winter time. Expect some pre-production teaser vlogs here very soon! Thanks for the support!"
You can also listen to the band's music by heading over to the Arkaik MySpace page.