Arkhaaik are a band from Switzerland that plays a ritualistic and sepulchral mixture of black, death and doom metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "*dʰg̑ʰm̥tós" which will be released in July by Iron Bonehead Productions.
Distorted amp sounds and tribal beats start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction which also introduces grim black metal screams and shouts onto the recording. All 3 of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the slow sections of the songs bring in elements of doom metal.
Bestial growls can also be heard at times while the music also gets very shamanistic and ritualistic at times along with some percussion style instruments being added into some parts of the recording. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard.
Melodic chants can also be heard briefly while some of the vocals bring in more of a 90's death/doom metal vibe. Folk instruments are also added into some parts of the recording and they also enhance the tribal, ritualistic and occult atmosphere the songs create when they are utilized. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics are written in Indo European and cover primitive worship and ancient deities that ruled long before man dominated and soiled the earth.
In my opinion Arkhaaik are a very great sounding ritualistic and sepulchral mixture of black, doom and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "ursgwhen". 8 out of 10.