Arkaik are a band from California that plays a very brutal, progressive and technical form of death metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Lucid Dawn" which was released by Unique Leader.
A science fiction style intro starts off the album along with some classical guitars and after the intro the music starts getting more heavy and technical and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the riffs also utilize a great amount of melody while the vocals are death metal growls.
When the music speeds it starts adding in more brutality along with a great amount of blast beats and high pitched screams can also be heard in certain sections of the recording while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the sci fi sounds also make a return in certain sections of the recording.
At times the vocals also mix in angry shouts at times and elements of jazz can also be heard in the cleaner sections of the tracks and some of the songs are very long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of violins and classical guitars also make a return on a later song while the main focus remains more on a brutal and technical style while the last track shows the band getting more experimental.
Arkaik plays a style of death metal that is very technical and brutal while also being very progressive at times and mixing in non metal elements to create a musical style of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon the mythologist Joseph Campbell's monomyth and the beginning of Cyrix's hero journey.
In my opinion Arkaik are a very great sounding brutal, technical and progressive death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "From the Void" "Awakening The I" and "Conjuring". 8 out of 10.