Advancing the September release of ARKAIK‘s anxiously-awaited fifth full-length Nemethia, the brutal tech-death metal outfit has released an official video for the record’s “Futile State” through an exclusive premiere at Metal Injection.
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. ARKAIK has been hard at work creating a series of wildly psychedelic concept albums revolving around a protagonist named Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. Cyrix’ latest journey introduces new characters and brings you into a world of dark occultists, magical allies, and hidden forces. From resurrecting ancient goddesses to cracking the codes of reality and activating hyper dimensional stargates, the chronicle of Cyrix continues.
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.
ARKAIK vocalist Jared Christianson issues of the “Futile State” visual accompaniment, “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!”
Metal Injection debuts the new video, noting, “The song itself kicks off with a deathly groove peppered with audible elastic bass guitar lines, quickly spiraling towards an overload of killer lead guitar work, paired with an endless array of back and forth growls and screams, and made complete by an onslaught of maniacal and spidery rhythm riffs and machine-like drumming. To call ‘Futile State’ a pummeling effort would be an understatement, this is a war zone and your ears will either embrace its rage or become overwhelmed amidst the chaos within it. I love the push and pull dynamic at work here between groove and shred that ‘Futile State’ expertly exploits and finds comfort in.”
See ARKAIK’s “Futile State” video at Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.
Also hear the previously-released track “Occultivation” HERE.
Nemethia will see release on CD and digital formats on September 29th via Unique Leader Records; find preorders for the album including merch bundles and more at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders go to THIS LOCATION.
ARKAIK has also confirmed an extensive US tour in support of Nemethia, running from September 8th through October 7th alongside labelmates Alterbeast and Inanimate Existence.
ARKAIK w/ Alterbeast, Inanimate Existence:
9/08/2017 Blue Lamp Sacramento – Sacramento, CA
9/09/2017 Bullfrog’s – Kingsburg, CA
9/10/2017 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
9/11/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/12/2017 Club Red Mesa – Mesa, AZ
9/14/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/15/2017 Sofies SS Saloon – McAllen, TX
9/16/2017 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
9/17/2017 Bushnookies – Shreveport, LA
9/19/2017 The District – Lafayette, LA
9/20/2017 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
9/21/2017 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
9/22/2017 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
9/23/2017 Iron Heights – Augusta, GA
9/24/2017 The End – Nashville, TN
9/26/2017 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
9/27/2017 Riffhouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA
9/28/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
9/29/2017 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
9/30/2017 Louisville Death Fest – Louisville, KY
10/01/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
10/02/2017 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
10/04/2017 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
10/05/2017 The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
10/06/2017 Eagles Aerie Hall – Henderson, NV
10/07/2017 The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA
Riverside, California’s ARKAIK delivers their fourth album for Unique Leader and most ambitious studio album to date with Nemethia, the album produced, engineered, and mixed by Zack Ohren (Immolation, Fallujah, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland. The record features guest appearances by Joe Haley of Psycroptic, Arde Ostowari formerly of Burning The Masses, Stephen Paulson of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and former ARKAIK guitarist Craig Peters, as well as Gabe Seeber (The Kennedy Veil, Decrepit Birth-live) performing drums for the entire album. The cover art and booklet was designed by visionary artist Tyler Space, who worked with the band on their previous release, Lucid Dawn.