Years in the Darkness

Performers Arkaea

E1 Distribution | July 14, 2009 | Compact Disc

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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.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: July 14, 2009

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: E1 Distribution

UPC: 099923459422

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Years in the Darkness

Years in the Darkness

Performers Arkaea

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: July 14, 2009

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: E1 Distribution

UPC: 099923459422


Title Track Time
1.Locust --
2.Beneath the Shades of Grey --
3.Years In the Darkness --
4.Gone Tomorrow --
5.Awakening --
6.Black Ocean --
7.Break the Silence --
8.Lucid Dream --
9.My Redemption --
10.War Within --
11.World As One --
12.Decimator --
13.Away From the Sun --

Editorial Notes

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.
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