Announcement: Arkaik invited on national tour

Arkaik members are, from left, Chance Strickland (Canyon Lake), Alex Bent, Craig Peters, Jared Christiansen (Canyon Lake) and Ivan Munguia.

In early February it was announced that death metal band Arkaik ? with Canyon Lake musicians Jared Christianson and Chance Strickland ? will join Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed and Abysmal Dawn on their 2012 U.S. "Torture Tour," which will start out in Jacksonville, Florida on April 5. No West Coast dates have been announced at this time.

Band members are working on their greatly anticipated second CD, Metamorphignition. Look for the release this summer. In addition to Jared on lead vocals and Chance on guitar and backing vocals, band members include Craig Peters on guitar and backing vocals, Alex Bent on drums and Ivan Munguia on bass.

According Rhonda Strickland, Chance's mom, being included on a tour of this size is "pretty amazing." She says Arkaik's intention is "to take death metal to a higher plane, away from blood and disgusting things to a more thought-provoking place. I think they will succeed."