- Jason Hesley
Canadian death/thrashers NAITAKA release "Hatchet Through Heartwood” lyric video!
Irrupting from of Kelowna, BC in 2019, Naitaka brings you a fresh blend of Thrash Metal with a twist of Power and Melo-death.
Lead vocalist Cara McCutchen (Mortillery, ex-Minax), originally from Edmonton AB, joined forces with guitarist Troy Melnyk (Worship or Sin, Sacrilege), also from Edmonton AB, drummer Tyler Dake from Kelowna BC, bassist John Shippit from Kelowna BC and guitarist Cody Lonsdale to slay the Okanagan Valley.
Sadly, John Shippit had to step away due to a heavy school workload.
In May 2020, they started recording their first self titled 4-song EP.
In early September 2020 they parted ways with guitarist Cody Lonsdale and are still on the hunt for a second lead guitar player.
In mid-October 2020, John Shippit found his way back to the band.
February 2021 the EP was finally released on CD and digitally.
During the pandemic Naitaka worked on their music and recorded it.
The debut full-length “Emergence” was released in April 2023 and is being promoted by the lyric video “Hatchet Through Heartwood”.