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Arkaik Releases New Video

Advancing the September release of Arkaik's fifth full-length album "Nemethia," the brutal tech-death metal outfit today releases an official video for the record's "Futile State" track.

Produced and directed by Nikko DeLuna, with effects by Trevor "No One" Turner and makeup by Sherra Dixon and Jenn Jones, the new "Futile State" video visually delivers some of the album's sci-fi influence.

A continuation on the conceptual saga of Arkaik's two previous releases, on "Nemethia" the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes, as does the band's technical prowess and creativity.

Vocalist Jared Christianson commments: "The song is about the feeling of existential futility and the catharsis it can create. The video is a blend of ideas. I took inspiration from Plato's Allegory Of The Cave, mixed with neo-shamanism and put a transhumanist spin on it. Nikko DeLuna is great at taking my ideas and bringing them to life. It was a pleasure to work with him again, and the rest of our team. Enjoy!" More...

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Arkaik Reveals New Album

Progressive tech death collective Arkaik will unleash "Nemethia" on September 29th via Unique Leader Records. A continuation on the conceptual saga of the two previous releases, on "Nemethia" the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes.

The band's fourth full-length offering for Unique Leader was produced, engineered, and mixed by Zack Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, and features guest appearances by Joe Haley of Psycroptic, Arde Ostowari formerly of Burning The Masses, Stephen Paulson of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, former Arkaik guitarist Craig Peters, as well as Gabe Seeber from The Kennedy Veil performing drums for the entire album.

The cover art and booklet was designed by artist Tyler Space, who worked with the band on previous release, "Lucid Dawn." Said founding vocalist Jared Christianson of the record's concept:

"This album fully sets the stage and builds on the story we started developing two albums ago with Cyrix and Metamorphignition. We've begun weaving together our own mythos of synchronicity and symbolism to encapsulate and distill the journey of the alchemist through the gnostic dream. It attempts to reveal through storytelling and allegory that we can experience real freedom and discover the inner treasures that guide us to who, what, and where we want to be, if we are willing to pull back the veil of lies blinding us from the truth of our nature.

"If I could sum up everything we've done so far, my personal journey and our message as a band in three words it would be the lyric 'pain to power' from the song 'Telegnosis.' To me, it's about transmuting your struggles into strengths and refining your personal power and will. I really enjoyed making this album and hope people dig it!" More...

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Arkaik Announces Tech Trek II

Progressive death metal collective Arkaik will kick off the Tech Trek II tour with Archspire next month. The tour will begin March 17th in Tacoma, Washington and coil its way through nearly two dozen cities across the country, coming to a close on April 6th in Boise, Idaho. See all confirmed dates below.

Arkaik is currently working on the follow-up to 2015's "Lucid Dawn" full-length album. The as yet-untitled studio offering will again be engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Wrvth, All Shall Perish et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. Additionally, The Kennedy Veil's Gabe Seeber will be recording drums while Alex Bent joins Trivium on a European tour. Additional details are to be unveiled in the coming weeks. More...

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Arkaik Posts Pre-Production Footage

Arkaik is gearing up to release a new full-length in the summer of 2017 to follow last year's "Lucid Dawn" album. Today the band drops some pre-production guitar footage, which can be seen below. Studio time will start in February, with full details to arrive in the near future.

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Arkaik Recruits New Bassist

Arkaik just issued this announcement online about recruiting new bass player Adam Roethlisberger:

"For the past five years we have had one of the most talented and innovative bass players in the world of technical death metal, previously playing in bands such as Brain Drill, Insanity, Continuum and now carrying the torch in Deeds of Flesh, Ivan Munguia lifted us to new levels in our music and we have had an incredible time sharing the stage and excellent traveling experiences on the many awesome tours we had the privilege of doing in the last five years.

"Its been an unbelievable ride; and so, it is with heavy hearts that we must part with Ivan. We are eternally grateful for all the effort, work, creativity and extraordinary memories. Thank you Ivan 'The Chupacabra' Munguia, you are an authentic bad ass MF and world class musician, thanks for everything, man! As many of you know, life is an ever changing journey and that applies to Arkaik, none the less. Ivan will continue to ravage the death metal world in Deeds of Flesh and Continuum. We are still great friends and we wish him the the best in all his future endeavors!

"With that said, we are extremely proud to announce Adam Roethlisberger as our new permanent bass player! Adam has been touring with us as a fill-in for the past year and has proven to be an absolute powerhouse on stage and within the inner workings of the band. We couldn’t be more excited to bring him on board as a full time member of ARKAIK. Adam will be bringing a whole new force of momentum, skill and power to the band. He will also be writing and recording with us on our upcoming album, so keep your eyes on this guy and enjoy this killer video-play though of 'Metamorphignition!'" More...

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Arkaik Announces Tour With Vale Of Pnath

Progressive death metal faction Arkaik will embark upon a fifteen-date U.S. headlining tour this coming summer.

The "Make America Shred Again" tour 2016 will run from July 2nd through July 24th. Support will be provided by Vale Of Pnath and Singularity, with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

"We are beyond stoked to be hitting this road this July with the incredibly talented Vale Of Pnath and Singularity," issues Arkaik guitarist Greg Paulson. "This is a really special package given the technical and progressive nature of the music. All bands are releasing new music and have new albums to promote. We also have our most ambitious set list to date, spanning our previous two records and our newly released album Lucid Dawn." More...

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Arkaik Releases "The Temple Aflame" Video

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!"

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Unique Leader Showcase Tour Kicking Off

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 ARKAIK More...

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Arkaik Posts Full New Album Online

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:

1. Intro
2. From The Void
3. Digital Shroud
4. That Which Lies Hidden
5. Awaken the I
6. Fleshwalkers
7. Fusion Of Epochs
8. Lucid Dawn
9. Conjuring
10 The Temple Aflame More...

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Enfold Darkness Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

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...

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Arkaik Uncovers "That Which Lies Hidden"

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...

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Arkaik Releases "Awaken The I" Lyric Video

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:

1. Intro
2. From The Void
3. Digital Shroud
4. That Which Lies Hidden
5. Awaken the I
6. Fleshwalkers
7. Fusion Of Epochs
8. Lucid Dawn
9. Conjuring
10 Temple Aflam

Check out "Awaken the I" here: More...

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Arkaik Releasing "Lucid Dawn"

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...

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Psycroptic Reveals "Bloodletting" Tour Dates

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...

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Psycroptic Announces Tour With Arkaik

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...

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Arkaik Announces Lineup Changes

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...

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Arkaik Has Gear Stolen

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 arkaikmetal@gmail.com. Thank you and please share this." More...

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Arkaik Posts New Album's Title Track

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.

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Arkaik Streaming Song From New Album

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.

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Arkaik Posts New Album Preview

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.

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