Arkaea is a new developed band with familiar members. Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drum) from “Fear Factory” and Jon Howard (vocal) and Pat Kavanaugh (bass) from “Threat Signal” have joined forces to create album entitled Years In the Darkness.
Rumor is that Fear Factory’s Christian and Raymond were originally after Limp Bizkit’s bassist Sam Rivers or Mudvayne’s bassist Ryan Martinie. But as things came together they found Jon and Pat from Threat Signal to form Arkaea. Either way there has been reports that half of the Arkaea's songs were ment to go towards the next Fear Factory album.
Arkaea music is somewhat similar to both of the bands member’s style. Arkaea brings in familiar fast riffs, heavy drumming and energetic vocals. There are a lot of loud screams and emotions through many of their songs. Each song has a wide variety of dynamics from fast to slow, soft to loud. With the changes of energy in their music, this gives many openings for vocalist Jon Howard to blast some long notes. With this structure in all of their songs, you can easily get the song’s titles mixed up because of the similarity.
Overall Arkaea – Years In the Darkness is a pretty solid album and offers good songs to your metal collection. Tracks like Beneath the Shades of Gray, Locust and Break Silence are some of the best on the album. But I feel that Arkaea music could push the envelope further. All the musicians in Arkaea are still playing the same riffs, style and/or beats. And I feel for being in the game for so long, it’s time to push a little further.