Monday, April 27, 2020

Cave Metal CHAKA Shares New Video 'Flak' Off “Neanderthal Tales” EP

                      For fans of Celtic Frost, Slayer, Voivod, Death, Possessed

Cave Metal CHAKA Shares New Video 'Flak' Off “Neanderthal Tales” EP

Primal, thrashy cave metal CHAKA, a side-project from Darkside NYC bassist Mark Sokoll, is sharing with fans the new music video for 'Flak' in support of the EP “Neanderthal Tales”, a primal barrage of prehistoric metal power released this past December.

The video for 'Flak', is the band clad in surplus gear with patriotic face paint.
Sokoll adds:
“An uptempo song about Kamikaze attacks during WW2. I tried to evoke the horror of being attacked by unconventional suicide planes.”

The video for 'Flak' can be seen on YouTube HERE.

Expecting fans to receive the new offering 
“Neanderthal Tales” with enthusiasm, Sokoll hopes listeners will enjoy the heaviness of the music and the thought-provoking lyrics. Focused on science topics, such as the theory of evolution and mankind’s place in the universe; Sokoll likes to write about subjects that have not yet been explored. Carrying forward with an abundance of motivation, Sokoll quotes that “fans can expect a lot more productivity”.

A live show from CHAKA includes a heavily dressed stage including a monolith and artificial cairns as the backdrop for a very visceral and primal Heavy Metal experience. 
“Neanderthal Tales” was released in December 2019 and is suitable for fans of Celtic Frost, Venom, and Motorhead.
CD, stream, and download available at the following links: Chaka2.bandcamp.comSpotifyiTunes.

Track Listing:

1. Flak (2:43)
2. The Battle Hath Begun (3:28)
3. Anthroapology (2:32)
4. Defekt (1:19)
EP Length: 10:04

EP Credits:
• All songs performed by: Mark S. Sokoll
• All songs written by: Mark S. Sokoll
• Produced by: CHAKA
• Mixed by: Seth Abelson
• Mastered by: Seth Abelson
• Album Artwork by: Tydal Canon
EP Band Line Up:
Mark S. Sokoll: Bass guitar and vocals
Ty Canon: All guitars
Jim Sullivan: Drums
Rick Beenders: Drums
Rich O’Brien; Drums

Chaka is a side-project from Darkside NYC’s bassist, Mark Sokoll. Their sound is in the vein of old Celtic Frost, Venom, Cro-Mags, and Black Sabbath. Mark has been playing the bass guitar since 1986 which is the same year he joined Terminal Confusion (NYHC). After playing bass guitar and singing background vocals for numerous other Punk and Metal bands in the NYC scene, (Hypoxia, Leeway, The Downlow NYHC, F*Bomb, etc.) Mark released his first solo EP in December of 2019 titled “Neanderthal Tales”.
Chaka’s music is described as “Cro-Magnon Cave Metal mixed with hardcore Punk Rock elements." This EP features tales of Kamikaze pilot attacks, a history of weapons from the Dawn of Man until modernity, embracing evolution, and finally: hemispheres in conflict.
InEffect Hardcore magazine described the EP, in part, as: “Perhaps what Metalheads in leather vests marching down the street with torches would use as their theme songs” and “Gives off a Carnivore vibe with that heavy, heavy bass sound".
The Neanderthal Tales EP is a return to brutal Heavy Metal with a primal barrage of prehistoric power. Let the regression begin!
Please visit to hear the full EP for free, to watch the video for the first single, “Flak”, and to check out all things CHAKA.

 “Ladies and gentlemen the year is 2020 and with the new year comes the birth of the latest rock sub-genre…. CAVE METAL!  Mark Sokoll… bassist of Darkside NYC (as well as the highly-underrated Terminal Confusion from way back in the day) is the main brain behind this four-song, ten minute debut which has its share of backstories… “Flak” leads off (check out the video) with a fuzzy bass and some straight outta da cave styled vocals. With so many styles of metal out there to be had cave metal is not that bad of a self-description to be honest with you. What I like about “Neanderthal Tales”is that these songs mix shit up… there is no singular pattern that they stick to. Just for that this EP gets some bonus points.” – In Effect Hardcore Magazine

Jon Asher - Music Publicist

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