If you like your metal with a little prog, a lot of technical skill, and a whole lot of brooding brutality -- the Riverside kids in Arkaik
have something just right for you. Well, when you've been playing devastatingly good metal for more than a decade, I guess you're no longer kids. But spirited, talented fully adult metal heads with a penchant for taking it to the extreme. Arkaik has been growing and changing, and is now at the top of their game. Although they have always been known for high speed, highly technical playing, and the uncleanest of vocals, previous albums have always seemed to be searching for something, a more perfect or more extreme sound maybe -- and that was reflected in the names: "Existential Chaos" and "Metamorphignition." The band's newest release is semi-concept album called "Lucid Dawn," and perhaps it is because after all that time on the road, switching up long time band members (including founding member Chance Strickland), and creating a huge fan base, they are finally at a place where they know exactly what they want: huge riffs, excellent solos, exciting (really, super amazing, must hear to believe) drums, and singer Jared's growling, goblinesque vocals. Jared stalks the stage as Arkaik lays down tech death darkness that is sure to blast even the most veteran of ear drums.