Riverside-based technical death metal outfit Arkaik has a re-tooled line-up which is eager to show the world the band is still firing on all cylinders.
After the release of Nemethia in 2017, the band has added new guitarists Cris Portugal (Enslave the Creation) and Alex Haddad (live for Vale of Pnath, Dessiderium) plus new drummer Nathan Bigelow (Singularity), who had previously played live for Alterbeast and Virvum.
While a new bass player had been added, the band is currently working on a permanent replacement to be announced when the time comes.
In order to showcase Arkaik with their new line-up, the group is psyched to unleash new single, “Supernal Flame”, which will appear on the band’s sixth album set for release in 2020.
Arkaik vocalist Jared Christianson comments on the new album: “We’re still pretty deep into writing the next album, but we wanted to put out a new song with this announcement.
“We picked a song that we felt would be a good fit for a single and went to our trusted audio engineering wizard Zack Ohren in Oakland.
“He engineered and mixed the song and we got our friend Mendel bij de Leij (ex-Aborted) to master the track.
“They were a perfect combo to be working on this song and they nailed it.
“Lyrically the song ties all our previous concept albums together into one song.
“It acts as an overview of the entire journey of Cyrix, through the last three albums, up until now, and points to where we are going next.
“We’ve never done a stand-alone single like this, so I felt like it would be a cool opportunity to tell the story as best I can in one song.
“If you want to learn more about our history and concept albums, check out the podcast I did with Steel Legion Podcast.
“Thanks to everyone who has been supporting us through the years, Arkaik wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for you. Cheers!”
Christianson says they are also proud to announce their signing to rising extreme metal label, The Artisan Era.
Active since 2004, Arkaik began when the band members were quite young and inspired by the thriving California death metal scene to make music of their own.
The band quickly made a name for themselves with the release of their 2007 debut album, Existential Chaos, and their 2010 second full-length, Reflections Within Dissonance, which was put out through Unique Leader Records.
From that point on, Arkaik has toured endlessly throughout the United States and Canada and released three more albums, the latest of which, Nemethia, saw release in 2017.
“It’s definitely a massive honor to be a part of The Artisan Era family.
“They have consistently been putting out forward-thinking, top-tier progressive metal and we feel like it’s the perfect fit for Arkaik.
“The enthusiasm from supporters of the label is also extremely humbling to be a part of.
“It’s really exciting for us because it’s also a new era in the band, so couldn’t be more stoked to be working with them now.”
Arkaik will be touring this fall with Beyond Creation, Fallujah, and Equipoise on the Algorythm North America tour from September 20 to October 22.