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Arkaea is the next step in the Fear Factory legacy. Featuring material that was originally intended for the next Fear Factory record, this album takes the band’s pioneering cyber metal sound in an even heavier direction while preserving the melody and shear power the band is famous for. This album was produced the the legendary Terry Date.

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  • I was very exited about this I love the threat signal album under reprisal.Some of the post dino fear factory is ok. But this sucks!!!
    Same eff-n song 13 times.I think as with the threat signal the vocals are mic’d way to high in the mix to much of that previously stated linken park type vocal wich was only here or there in threat signal. and at least in threat signal there was really amazing guitar work. if this was the new fear factory it would not even hold a candle to the new divine heresy;Bringer of Plagues.
    which goes to show once again that dino cezares was the genious behind fear factory all along.

    Posted on February 11, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Fear Factory remains my number one band (Meshuggah comes at a close second) so I was very excited about this release. Unfortunately, it made me very disappointed. Why? The high-pitched screams and Linkin Parkish melodics of the singer, riffs are boring and uninspired, all songs sound the same, and the recording quality could also be improved. Having being released in the same month as Divine Heresy’s Bringer of Plagues it makes almost impossible for one not to compare them. Although I still prefer DH’s debut, the new album is much superior to Arkaea’s debut – Dino was definitively the creative force behind FF.

    Posted on February 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I would describe this as FF meets Linkin Park. Why? As a previous reviewer states all the clean vocals sound like that dude from LP and every chorus sounds like it belongs on an LP album. BTW, I hate LP so this is not something that I enjoy.

    I read somewhere that half the music for this was supposed to be the next FF album – so right there this makes Arkaea a FF clone only with a bad singer. The other half of the music doesn’t sound that much different. If this had been recorded as Fear Factory with Burton performing the vocals I’d probably rate this as a 3.5 as it really wouldn’t expand the FF sound, but at least I wouldn’t cringe during the vocals.

    Bottom line – if you ever wondered what a project combining FF and LP would sound like, your wish came true.

    Posted on February 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I hardly ever write reviews but atm this album has a 4.5 star average and that’s just misleading.
    Now I wasn’t expecting much but I was still let down. The majority of the tracks sound devoid of creativity and frighteningly similar to many woefully bad nu-metal bands.
    I found some solace in certain sections where Ray showed he still retains some drumming prowess but it seems pretty clear by now that Christian is incapable of writing interesting riffs. I’ve heard worse singers but Howard certainly didn’t help improve the sub-par songwriting. The bass was ok.
    I really wanted to like this cd but in a way I’m glad these would-be fear factory tracks came out under a different name since after Transgression this would have been at least as much a final nail in the coffin as the botched “reorganization” perhaps is.

    Posted on February 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • From the first listen of the first song off this album, Locust, I thought this band could be pretty awesome. I am a longtime Fear Factory fan and I thought Threat Signal’s debut album was good. Mix the two bands up and you should have a great new band, right? Not quite. First off, every song on the album follows the exact same formula, making each song sound remarkably like the one before it. Second, the clean singing vocals on this sound like it came off of a Linkin Park album. The verdict: This is an ok album, but it won’t be on heavy rotation on my iPod. I hope Raymond and Christian make their way back into Fear Factory ASAP before Arkaea go back into the studio and write 12 more variations of the same song.

    Posted on February 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now