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.