Halmstad, Sweden-based metallers Aktaion have released a lyric video for "Cancer," a song which features Armageddon guitarist Joey Concepcion. The song was inspired by the First World War poems of Wilfred Owen. The song demonstrates the band delving deeper into the stones of melodic death metal and taking their own variation of the genre another step further.
The band recently commented, "With the release of 'Cancer' we are setting a new standard and starting the new, more polished era of Aktaion. We are moving into more focused territory and will continue even further in the footsteps of 'Cancer' with new material in the later parts of 2017."
Guitarist Francis Larsson added, "The backbone of the music for 'Cancer' came together surprisingly quickly, with most of the music written during one late evening. I struggled with finding the right lyric inspiration and took several different approaches until I stumbled upon an archive of poems written during and around the First World War. One in particularly caught my attention; 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen. It fit perfectly with what I felt the song needed and the emotion behind writing the instrumentals for the song. A lot of inspiration and even direct citations in the lyrics for ‘Cancer’ comes from this poem..."