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. The track Flak is a song about the gallant American soldiers who fought unconventional warfare in the Pacific theater, such as suicide attack planes known as the Kamikaze, and about their ultimate triumph over Japan. Sokoll states about Flak, «An up-tempo song about Kamikaze attacks during WW2. I tried to evoke the horror of being attacked by unconventional suicide planes».
Chaka`s sound is in the vein of old Celtic Frost, Venom, Cro-Mags, and Black Sabbath. Mark Sokoll 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.). The track The Battle Hath Begun,
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 track Anthroapology,
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.