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Below is our complete Arkaik 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.

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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Arkaik Gearing Up For "Summer Insurrection"

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."

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Arkaik Reveals "Metamorphignition" Details

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:

(Tapasiatic Exodus)
01. Skin Graft Hieroglyphics
02. Metamorphignition
(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...

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Cannibal Corpse "Tortures" Nashville Audience

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...

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Arkaik Streaming New Song

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."

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Cannibal Corpse Announces U.S. Tour

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...

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Arkaik Splits With Drummer

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 arkaik87@hotmail.com Here's a list of songs we would like to see covered for try outs...

Elemental Synthesis
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.

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Arkaik Issues New Album Update

California's Arkaik has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming album:

"Arkaik is currently hard at work on their sophomore effort which will be titled Metamorphignition. Their intention is to create a more mature and rhythmically balanced album that expands on their already fierce musical style. It will be an evolution in which the brutality and technical ferocity will not be lost, merely accompanied by other musical elements to add depth to the sound.

"The music on the album will be intertwined with a story to engage listeners and take them on an abstract journey into the transcendental nature of humanity and the cosmos. We plan to head into the studio towards the end of the year. The artwork will be handled by the graphic master Tony Koehl. So expect a cinematically sonic and thought provoking next album. We'll post updates as they come."

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Arkaik Announces New Bassist Ivan Munguia

California progressive death metal band Arkaik has issued the following message welcoming their new bassist Ivan Munguia:

"We'd like to welcome Ivan Munguia to Arkaik! He did an awesome job on The Deflorate 2010 Tour with TBDM and Goatwhore. He is a great asset to the band and will definitely be apart of the writing process."

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Flesh Consumed Announces U.S. Tour

California's Flesh Consumed has announced an upcoming U.S. tour kicking off on August 4th and running through the 30th with Brain Drill, Arkaik, and Halo of Gunfire. The upcoming Flesh Consumed tour dates are as follows:

7/16 2010 Las Vegas DeathFest - The Cheyenne saloon Las Vegas, Nevada, US
8/4 2010 The Blvd w/Brain Drill, Arkaik & Halo of Gunfire Los Angeles, CA
8/5 2010 Brick by Brick w/Brain Drill,Arkaik & Halo of Gunfire San Diego, CA
8/9 2010 The Nightmare w/Brain Drill,Arkaik,Halo of gunfire Dallas, TX
8/10 2010 Zombie's w/Brain Drill,Arkaik,Halo of Gunfire San Antonio, TX
8/11 2010 White Swan w/Brain Drill,Arkaik & Halo of Gunfire Houston, TX
8/13 2010 Brass Mug w/Brain Drill,Arkaik & Halo of Gunfire Tampa, FL
8/14 2010 Ground Zero w/Brain Drill,Arkaik & Halo of Gunfire Spartanburg, SC
8/19 2010 Mojo 13 w/Brain Drill,Arkaik & Halo of Gunfire Wilmington, DE
8/21 2010 Reggies w/Brain Drill,Arkaik & Halo of Gunfire Chicago, IL
8/23 2010 House of Bricks w/Brain Drill,Arkaik & Halo of Gunfire Des Moines, IA
8/25 2010 Marquis Theater w/Brain Drill,Arkaik & Halo of Gunfire Denver, CO
8/28 2010 Studio Seven w/Brain Drill,Arkaik,Halo of Gunfire Seattle, WA
8/30 2010 bloodletting w/Brain Drill,Arkaik,Halo of Gunfire San Fransisco, CA

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Crematorium Announces Last Show With Guitarist

CREMATORIUM, the Los Angeles purveyors of "Murdercore," has announced that guitarist and longest standing member, Mark Uehlein, will be leaving the band for personal reasons. His last show with CREMATORIUM will be this Saturday, February 27th at The Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

Vocalist Daniel Dismal comments on the subject, "This Saturday night is going to be Mark's last show ever with CREMATORIUM. Mark has dedicated a lot of blood and sweat into playing with CREMATORIUM since 1996 and in many ways, CREMATORIUM would not have done as much as we have as a band if it was not for Mark's involvement with the band. It's a sad day to watch Mark leave but we want to give him a proper send off and let him know just how much he will be missed and how much he's actually given to the underground Metal scene as a whole."

The complete details of the show are as follows:

Church of the 8th Day presents...
Saturday, February 27th, 2010
@ The Blvd
2631 Whittier Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90023
All Ages - $8 - Bar w/ I.D. - 7:00pm

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Arkaik Completes Recording of Debut Album

Arkaik has finished recording their debut album "Reflections Within Dissonance." The mixing is being done by Samur Khouja of Seahorse Sound Studios and will be sent to Stephano of 16 Cellar Studios for mastering. The album consists of 10 tracks and will be released in January of 2010 through Unique Leader Records. The cover art can be seen here.

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Arkaik Signs To Unique Leader Records

Unique Leader Records has announced the signing of Riverside, California progressive death metal band Arkaik. Here is a statement from the band.

"We're very proud to announce we have been added to the Unique Leader roster! We have signed a two album deal and we will be entering Seahorse Sound Studios this summer to record our full length debut album 'Reflections Within Dissonance' due out later this year. After the release, we plan for extensive touring to promote the album. Unique Leader has always been home to some of the best death metal acts around which is why we feel being apart of a death metal label of this caliber is the best move for us. We're looking forward to working with Erik and Unique Leader to help establish Arkaik as a formidable musical force."

You can check out a few songs from Arkaik on their MySpace page.

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