Arkaik Deliver Visceral Brutality On “The Temple Aflame”

This is tech death stripped down… mostly. It chugs and it shreds! And it’s just brutally powerful. Check out Arkaik‘s latest video for the track “The Temple Aflame.”

The track hails from the band’s latest full-length, Lucid Dawn, which was released last year and can be ordered here.

Vocalist Jared Christianson stated about the track:

This track is all about the groove and raw heaviness. It’s straightforward and to the point, which is pretty different from previous stuff we’ve written, but it serves it’s place within the album and adds variety between songs on Lucid Dawn. The song is basically about overcoming fear and the video kind of alludes to the concept of the album, but from an alternative perspective. It was produced and directed by Nikko Deluna. We had a great time making it. We actually ended up filming on the same day/night as the fourth and final ‘blood moon’ total lunar eclipse of 2015, an obviously metal coincidence. Nikko was really professional and a blast to work with!

As we’ve said in previous posts about Arkaik and Lucid Dawn, the album centers itself around Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. In Cyrix’ realm, 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.

Musically and conceptually, Lucid Dawn is a death metal take on American mythologist, writer, and lecturer, Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and the beginning of Cyrix’ Hero’s Journey that seamlessly carries its listeners on a visceral expedition through the depths of evil and beyond the threshold of mundane reality.

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