Californian progressive death metal outfit, Arkaik, are set to release their third full-length album on Unique Leader Records.
Entitled, Lucid Dawn, The album takes Arkaik's sound to a new dimension, showcasing each musician's creative potential and upping the ante on brutality and technicality of their back catalogue.
With the arrival of Miguel Esparza and Greg Paulson on guitar as composers, Lucid Dawn offers a fresh approach to the band's sound and the entire progressive death metal genre.
The album features a collaborative spirit, featuring guest appearances from death metal heaavyweights Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight from The Black Dahlia Murders, as well as bay area live string quartet, Amaranth, to take the band's sound even further.
Lucid Dawn is the second chapter in a series of concept albums revolving around cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society.
in Cyrix's wolrd, dreaming is systematically controlled by a tyrannical leader named Khaal-Li-Phar and his army of dark shamans, while people are forced to build monuments to the tyrant to stifle their imaginations and inhibit their ability to achieve a multi-dimensional existence.
Lucid Dawn is a death metal take on Joseph Campbell's monomyth, and the beginning of Cyrix's 'hero's journey'.
Musically and conceptually, Lucid Dawn carries the listener on a visceral journey through the depths of evil and beyond.