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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
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: 7/14/2009
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923459422
  • Catalog Number: 4594
  • Sales rank: 247,566

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Locust (4:26)
  2. 2 Beneath the Shades of Grey (5:05)
  3. 3 Years in the Darkness (4:15)
  4. 4 Gone Tomorrow (4:09)
  5. 5 Awakening (3:45)
  6. 6 Black Ocean (4:11)
  7. 7 Break the Silence (5:08)
  8. 8 Lucid Dream (3:44)
  9. 9 My Redemption (4:14)
  10. 10 War Within (4:16)
  11. 11 The World as One (4:16)
  12. 12 Rise Today (4:37)
  13. 13 Away from the Sun (5:42)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two Different Voices: One Classic, One Bad

    The beat and rhythm behind the singing in this band is exactly what I would expect from former Fear Factory members. They're a perfect blend of power and melody. Furthermore, unlike Fear Factory, guitar solos are being played. As for the singing, this new frontman has a clear voice at times which is strong and sensitive at the same time. The rest of his singing, however, does not sound like singing. When he tries to sound raspy he sounds more like he's throwing up. Because of that, this a good album but not a great album.

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