Haken guitarist Charlie Griffiths will release his debut solo album Tiktaalika on June 17. Griffiths is now streaming ther first single "Arctic Cemetery" featuring Between The Buried And Me vocalist Tommy Rogers. Sure, the song is progressive as hell, but it's also super heavy with a ton of great melodies. Seriously, we need Tiktaalika in our lives like, now.
"'Arctic Cemetery' is paleontology meets progressive metal. A fossil-dig, through a melodic tech-metal landscape. I am incredibly lucky to have Between The Buried And Me's Tommy Rogers on vocals and Darby Todd (Martin Barre, Devin Townsend) on drums," said Griffiths. "They are both consummate pros and elevated the song far beyond my expectations.
"This was one of the first songs that came to life for the album and once I had the line 'Dead and buried, laying in an Arctic Cemetery' the idea blossomed. The song reflects upon the notion that modern humans can identify locations of graveyards, hundreds of millions of years old and find remnants of our ancestors and ask, what can this extinct creature teach us? I find that notion incredibly awe inspiring and humbling."