IRON BONEHEAD PRODUCTIONS is proud to present ARKHAAIK's striking debut album, *dʰg̑ʰm̥tós, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
ARKHAAIK is the excavation of rites long forgotten, of primitive worship and ancient deities that ruled long before man dominated and soiled the earth. These sounds explore Europe's bronze age and encompass the very essence of said rites that were extinct long ago, told in the Indo-European tongue that was used at the time and is now long lost to the ages, its utterance strange to the modern ear.
Encompassing three expansive tracks in 33 minutes, ARKHAAIK's first sonic manifestation suitably takes a guttural (and GUTTING) form, drawing together sepulchral death metal, blackened bestiality, and lava-like doom into a sulfuric, senses-flaying mass. Its cavernous, ceaselessly roiling slipstream of carnal hysteria and barbarism punishes physically and penetrates psychically; it is of this earth, and beyond it. Then again, this skillful balance/bending of the primeval and supernatural is perhaps not surprising given that the band hails from Switzerland's Helvetic Underground Committee, which includes fellow IRON BONEHEAD legions DAKHMA and DEATH. VOID. TERROR. among others.
Now, witness the unearthed ancients, beholden to the almighty sky father, ruler of the daylit skies! Behold the mighty bull! In his veins, the blood of the ancients pounds with fervor, and reciprocating this fervor, ARKHAAIK bathe in his gore. Through the spilling of his blood, they attain ancient divinity. Do you have the iron-clad constitution to partake in the sacred rites of *dʰg̑ʰm̥tós?
supported by 22 fans who also own “Arkhaaik - *dʰg̑ʰm̥tós”
This gets lumped under Icelandic black metal because of the musicians involved but there's not actually much on the album that you could point at as black metal, largely because the vocals (which rule) and rhythm section refuse to speed up, despite the tremolo riffing of the spaced out guitars, dragging this into a kind of downtrodden, doomy affair. I love it, of course. Zachary Gillan
supported by 19 fans who also own “Arkhaaik - *dʰg̑ʰm̥tós”
Chaotic, whirling extreme metal thick with atmosphere. You can see how more recent releases like Coscradh's Nahanagan Stadial drew inspiration from Teitanblood here. This is one of those albums you wanna strap in for the whole ride from start to finish to fully get. Camelus Dromedarius