Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA  
Genres: Metalcore
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Page online: May 17, 2010
Last update/review: May 17, 2010


This band is intimately involved in the ongoing drama that is Fear Factory -- at one point mainstays Christian Olbe Wolbers and Raymond Herrera wrote songs for the next FF album, but when vocalist Burton Bell reunited with Dino Cazares, that put Wolbers and Herrera as the odd men out. Enter Threat Signal vocalist Jon Howard (eventually followed by his bandmate, bassist Pat Kavanagh), and rather suddenly Arkaea was born, debuting in 2009 with Years In The Darkness. One might expect a late-period Fear Factory style crossed with a metalcore vocalist, and that describes Darkness to a T. Howard's a fairly typical metalcore vocalist, meaning plenty of shrieks along with modern clean 'core singing, and the guitars have that faint industrial/militaristic feel that Factory helped invent back in the day. There really isn't a lot of originality here, perhaps due to the fact that these guys really haven't been playing together as a unit for very long, and so far are relying on past influences and fame to get the ball rolling. Too soon to tell whether this band will develop a style of their own -- as for now, Years In The Darkness might satisfy the modern metalcore fan, as well as some Fear Factory fans, but these guys are probably capable of better.

Current Members

Jon Howard

vocals (Threat Signal)

Christian Olde Wolbers

guitars (ex-Fear Factory, ex-Devin Townsend, Vio-lence)

Pat Kavanagh

bass (Threat Signal)

Raymond Herrera

drums (ex-Asesino, ex-Brujeria, ex-Fear Factory)


Years In The Darkness  
2009 eOne
  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. The World As One
  12. Rise Today
  13. Away From The Sun
  • Jon Howard
  • Christian Olde Wolbers
  • Pat Kavanagh
  • Raymond Herrera

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