Years in the Darkness

Years in the Darkness

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When news broke of guitarist Dino Cazares' surprise reinstatement into Fear Factory for a series of 2009 shows, it simultaneously augured the departure of his old antagonists within that band, drummer Raymond Herrera and onetime bassist, more recently guitarist, Christian Olde Wolbers, both of whomSee more details below

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When news broke of guitarist Dino Cazares' surprise reinstatement into Fear Factory for a series of 2009 shows, it simultaneously augured the departure of his old antagonists within that band, drummer Raymond Herrera and onetime bassist, more recently guitarist, Christian Olde Wolbers, both of whom immediately vowed to continue working together in some capacity. But surely no one expected the duo to rebound so quickly as to have the first album of their brand new band, Arkaea, in stores only six months later! Perhaps a little more predictable, however, is that said album, 2009's Years in the Darkness, carried over most of Fear Factory's recognizable musical hallmarks, since many of its songs had originally been demoed for use as such before receiving the creative input of Arkaea vocalist Jon Howard and bassist Pat Kavanagh -- both of them members of Canada's Threat Signal. As a result, the predominant formula espoused by tracks like "Locust," "Awakening," and "War Within" features that familiar and well-honed interplay between Olde Wolbers' semi-industrial groove metal riffing and Herrera's inhumanly precise percussion, only here injected with a new sense of urgency, as one might expect. Meanwhile, Howard supplants Burton C. Bell's Cookie Monster growl and echoing baritone with equally powerful shrieks and melodic cries indigenous to metalcore, thereby rendering standouts like "Beneath the Shades of Gray," "Gone Tomorrow," and the title cut considerably more relevant to the '00s. And then there are songs that break from expectations on either side of the equation, as in the case of "Break the Silence," which visits the wacky, stop-start rhythmic word of Meshuggah, the atmospheric, album-capping acoustic ballad "Away from the Sun," or, less positively, "Lucid Dreams," which draws inspiration from the nu-metal of Deftones and Linkin Park. If anything, one feels that Years in the Darkness' very generous 14 songs may have been a few too many for a band so recently assembled, and that a shorter, tighter set of songs would have led to a more memorable and impactful debut, but others could rightly point out that this lends a little more credence to Arkaea as a prolific and long-term concern for all involved.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/2009
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923459422
catalogNumber:
4594
Rank:
134716

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arkaea   Primary Artist
Raymond Herrera   Drums,Group Member
Christian Olde Wolbers   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Adam Weber   Background Vocals
Pat Kavanagh   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jon Howard   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Raymond Herrera   Arranger,Composer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Christian Olde Wolbers   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing,Concept,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Guitar Engineer,Bass Engineer,Booklet Concept,Guitar Producer
Christy Priske   Contributor
Steve Tushar   Programming,Orchestration,Re-arranged,Sound Design,Keyboard Engineer
Jeremy Blair   Producer,Digital Editing,Guitar Engineer,Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering,Drum Producer,Guitar Producer
Wesley Seidman   Engineer,Digital Editing
Pat Kavanagh   Arranger,Composer
Daniel Zetterstrom   Digital Enhancement
Gustavo Sazes   Booklet Concept,Cover Illustration
Gustavo Conde   Drum Technician
Jon Howard   Arranger,Lyricist,Orchestration,Concept,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Booklet Concept
Norm Killeen   Logo
Jim Kozmor   Representation
Marco Zambrano   Drum Technician

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