Togolese metal quintet Arka’n Asrafokor has signed with Atomic Fire Records. Drawing its main inspiration from African traditions and wisdom, the band is in the final stages of producing its as-yet-untitled label debut, tentatively set for an early 2024 release.
“Dear friends, our mission started twelve years ago,” the band said. “We have made strides thanks to our brothers and sisters back home in Togo, on the Motherland and in different parts of our beloved Planet Earth. Brothers and sisters who have been walking with us. And we are thankful for every step. Now we are moving to another level to boost the spread of our asrafocore music and message worldwide. We are extremely happy and humbled to announce our signing with powerhouse metal label Atomic Fire Records (featuring Meshuggah and Opeth, among other amazing artists/bands). We thank the Atomic Fire Records team, all the key souls who made this dream possible. Special thanks go to the precious friends who have been supporting our mission since Day 1. As promised, we have been in our studio to bring you more asrafocore, taken to a higher level: new album released early 2024. Stay true, stay strong, stay metal–this is … Arka’n Asrafokor!”
Atomic Fire Records A&R Ute Linhart said: “The world can expect highly infectious rhythms and straight-in-your-face beats from this group that will make one’s blood pumping at high speeds. The unique signature sound footprint they’ve created for themselves will make them become nothing but the biggest metal act to rise out of Africa. Keep your eyes peeled to not miss out on one of the first highlights hitting the metal scene early next year!”
Arka’n Asrafokor is preparing its return to the stages for two shows this week: one at France’s Cabaret Vert followed by a spot on the Motocultor Festival in the same country marking its first-ever performance at a genuine European metal event.
8/17/2023 Cabaret Vert – Charleville-Mézières, FR
8/18/2023 Motocultor Festival – Carhaix, FR
Rock Ahavi – guitars, lead vocals
Enrico Ahavi – keyboards, harsh/rap vocals
Francis Amevo – bass
Mass Aholou – percussion
Richard Siko – drums