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Latest Arkaea News

Below is our complete Arkaea news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

More Metal Songs Available On Rock Band

When the day is finally over and the weekend has begun, there's nothing like a little head banging to get things started right. For all the button mashers out there, new metal tracks have been added to the Rock Band Network that are available to play this weekend. On the rock and metal side of the Xbox 360 edition comes new songs from Arkaea, Amberian Dawn, Firewind, Deadlock, Architects, Periphery, MyChildren MyBride, and Cephalic Carnage.

The complete list of newly added songs, including all the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Raven Quinn - "Decadence"
Fiction Reform - "Whites In Their Eyes"<
Arkaea - "Years in the Darkness (2x Bass Pedal)"
Six-Stringed Flamberge - "Abrogator"
The Waking Hours - "New Revolution"
Mafia Track Suit - "Samiam"
Fake Problems - "5678"
Chaotrope - "XIV (2x Bass Pedal)"
Mystic Syntax - "Blasphemous"
Molehill - "On the Wall"
C&O - "Step on the Throat"
KickBend - "Goin' Home"
Daryle Stephen Ackerman - "One-Night-Stand Man"
Jeff Orr - "Hanging By a Thread"
Amberian Dawn - "Sons of Seven Stars"
Glitzy Glow - "Black and Sunny Day"
Poets of the Fall - "Lift"
Firewind - "The Fire and the Fury (2x Bass Pedal)"
The Pinstripes - "Come On In"
Deadlock - "The Brave / Agony Applause (2x Bass Pedal)"
Evile - "Metamorphosis"
Evile - "My Parasite"
Children of Nova - "The Order"
of Montreal - "An Eluardian Instance"
Architects - "Learn to Live"
Sleeping with Sirens - "If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn"
MyChildren MyBride - "Lost Boys"
Slightly Stoopid - "Closer to the Sun"
Dark From Day One - "New Addiction"
Bright Midnight - "Hotel Saigon"
Bright Midnight - "Killers of the Worst Type"
Nova - "California"
Cephalic Carnage - "Abraxas of Filth"
Periphery - "Icarus Lives" More...

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Weekly Rock Band Network Metal Song Roundup

Blame it on the liquored egg nog or a simple exuberance to finally tear open those beautiful packages under the tree, but somehow we didn't get up the list of new Rock Band Network metal songs last Friday. Just because it isn't the weekend doesn't mean you can't pull down the plastic guitars and get a-rocking, though, as this week sees quite a few new metal entries to the game.

The Xbox 360 version has been taken over by the likes of Dimmu Borgir, Arkaea, Battlesoul, Heaven Shall Burn, and Deadlock. On December 28th the PS3 version of Rock Band gets more Suicide Silence, All That Remains, and Between the Buried and Me. Continuing to beef up its metal selection, the Wii edition gets IWrestledABearOnce, Demon Hunter, and Asking Alexandria on January 4th.

The newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all the non-metal songs, are as follows:

Arkaea - "Gone Tomorrow"
Battlesoul - "Battlesoul"
Big Engine - "Party Like a Rock Star"
Blanks. - "Lodger"
Blanks. - "Pouncer"
Blanks. - "(Lone Wolf) Soccer Mom"
Daas Bosh - "Eternal Divine Angel Death"
Deadlock - "The Brave / Agony Applause"
Dimmu Borgir - "The Serpentine Offering"
Dirty Filthy Mugs - "Another Round"
Faithful Darkness - "Stay Awake"
FeelAbouT - "Stop"
Freen In Green - "Iceblind"
Garage A Trois - "Power Patriot"
Graveyard BBQ - "The Clothes That Makes the Man"
Heaven Shall Burn - "The Omen"
Incordiales - "No Pertenezco"
John Garrison - "Lost"
Kirby Krackle - "Vault 101"
Lee DeWyze - "Princess (Reprise)"
Miss May I - "Relentless Chaos"
Octavio Sune - "Esto ya lo Toque Manana"
Raging Meats - "Splosion Man Theme Song"
She Bears - "What Morning Brings"
The Taj Motel Trio - "OaOaO"
Wretched - "Cimmerian Shamballa" More...

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Threat Signal's "Severed" Music Video Online

Canada’s modern metal masters THREAT SIGNAL have uploaded a music video for the track “Severed,” which you can check out below. The clip is compiled of home footage from their recent headlining tour and features among other things the bands live performances, female nudity, male nudity, drugs, alcohol, sex toys and of course Sponge Bob. Viewer discretion is advised despite the wholesome presence of the popular cartoon character.

THREAT SIGNAL was recently added as direct support to EPICA on their upcoming North American tour. Confirmed tour dates (also with Blackguard on the bill) are as follows: More...

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Arkaea Drops Off Kittie Tour

Arkaea has issued the following statement about dropping off their tour with Kittie:

"Unfortunately Arkaea had to leave the Kittie tour 5 shows early. I apologize to all my friends and fans who were expecting to see us perform, we'll defiantly make it up to you very soon.

"For the past week I had been pushing myself to perform with the flu and I hoped it would eventually fade away, but it got worse. Once the sickness moved into my lungs I took my ass to the clinic in Flint Michigan. I had a chest xray and it turns out I have pneumonia. The doctor almost put me into a hospital bed I was so bad... I decided my health is the most important and I came home to rest.

"A big thanks to everyone on the tour, Kittie, Soil, Straight Line Stitch, crew and the fans for making this tour such a blast! I wish it could have ended on a better note for me, but that's life sometimes."

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Kittie Reveals Support Acts For Upcoming Tour

The all female metal outfit Kittie has announced that they will be joined on their forthcoming tour of North America by SOiL, Arkaea and Straight Line Stitch. The tour is to support Kittie's forthcoming new studio album, "In The Black" which will be released on September 15th through E1 Records.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Tonight's Headbangers Ball Playlist Revealed

The playlist for tonight's MTV2 Headbangers Ball, which airs at 2AM EDT and hosted by Bury Your Dead, is as follows:


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Arkaea Posts "Locust" Music Video Online

Arkaea, the band featuring Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, has posted their first music video online for the track "Locust." The video can be viewed below (please note to non-U.S. residents - the video is provided through MTV, so it may not be viewable for you). The song comes from the band's upcoming album "Years In The Darkness," which will be released in Europe on July 20th and North America on July 14th. More...

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Arkaea Reveals New Album Details

Arkaea, the band featuring Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, has completed worh on their debut album, "Years In Darkness" and plan to release the record on July 14th through E1 Music.

"We are truly proud of this record,” states Olde Wolbers. “Ironically half of the ARKAEA album consists of songs that were intended to be the next Fear Factory record."

The tracklisting is as follows:

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 Dreams
9. My Redemption
10. War Within
11. The World As One
12. Rise Today
13. Away From the Sun

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Fear Factory Will "Come Together Eventually"

MetalSucks recently had the chance to chat with FEAR FACTORY guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers. Olde Wolbers recently handled vocal production for New Jersey metallers GOD FORBID's new album "Earthsblood" (Feb. 24, Century Media) and is currently recording with his side project ARKAEA, together with FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera and THREAT SIGNAL vocalist Jon Howard and bassist Pat Kavanagh. Olde Wolbers spoke about the writing and recording for ARKAEA, how that band came together, his recent work in the producer's chair, and the status of FEAR FACTORY. An excerpt follows:

MetalSucks: Would you say it’s [ARKAEA] a little more experimental than what you would do with Fear Factory?

Olde Wolbers: Yeah, definitely. Also I have been listening to a lot of other bands. Deftones have always been one of my favorite bands. They’ve always used a lot of different textures. Steph [Stephen Carpenter, Deftones guitarist] is a really close friend of mine, and he has rubbed off a lot on me because we’ve been hanging out for 15 years. We used to play a lot together in a band called Kush, and we have a lot of mutual respect for each other. When I listen to the songs and play them, I know that there are some influences from certain bands from when I was a kid. I would be like “whoa, that’s something Andy Summers from the Police would do.” There are definitely a lot of different influences. There’s a Fear Factory influence of course. There are a lot of melodies and the vocalist has a lot of range.

MetalSucks: Do you plan on taking this band out on the road?

Olde Wolbers: Yes, in February. We’re working on going on the road in February. We’ll try and do a U.S. tour and go to Europe later that year too and do some festival stuff. There are definitely touring plans.

MetalSucks: Cool. As far as Fear Factory goes, you mentioned that the other guys were busy. Burton is doing his thing.

Olde Wolbers: Yep, and he’s a father too. He’s busy and doing his own thing. He went on tour with Ministry for a while. We’ll come together and figure it out and do a record. We also need to find a home for Fear Factory because we don’t have a record label. So there are a lot of things like that. We’ll all come together eventually.

Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.

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Arkaea Signs To Koch Records

Metal band ARKAEA has joined KOCH Records' burgeoning hard rock/metal roster and will release its debut album on March 10, 2009. ARKAEA features Fear Factory drummer Raymond Herrera and guitar player Christian Olde Wolbers, along with Threat Signal singer Jon Howard.

Jon Howard comments, “With the recent signing of ARKAEA to KOCH, and a release date of our debut album approaching in 2009, I couldn't be more ecstatic! We've progressed so much as a band in the past year, molding our musical styles together. I feel we've created something very original that I can be proud of for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to see where this ride is headed.”

KOCH Records VP of Metal Scott Givens weighs in, "I’m really pleased to be working again with Raymond and Christian on such an amazing project and that they have chosen KOCH to be its home. I’ve no doubt that when the record is finished everyone who hears it will be as blown away as I was when I first heard the demos.”

The band has enlisted Threat Signal bass player, Pat Kavanaugh, and have just begun recording. Song titles include "Break The Silence," "Blackened Sky," "Beneath The Shades of Grey" and "Awakening.” The album is being recorded at Temple Studios in Chatsworth, California, owned by Raymond Herrera and will have Christian Olde Wolbers at the helm of production with engineer Jeremy Blair (Guns & Roses, Fear Factory).

You can sample music in store at ARKAEA’s newly-launched Ning social site where fans will also be able to interact and connect with the members of ARKAEA through the chatroom, live webcasts and forums.

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Fear Factory, Threat Signal Members Form Arkaea

Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) are proud to announce the debut album of their new group, Arkaea. The band also features one of metal's hungriest young singers, Jon Howard (Threat Signal).

Arkaea has just finished up preproduction and are scheduled to enter the studio to begin recording. This album promises to be as pummeling as anything the gold-selling team of Olde Wolbers and Herrera has ever written.

Olde Wolbers comments: "These songs were designed like the Fear Factory songs that Raymond and I always wrote. However, we've been able to push the boundaries and go out of that context, while remaining heavy."

"Christian and Ray have been writing together for many years, so the music does have a lot of Fear Factory elements," adds Howard. "However, we've been open to trying different things. It basically fuses what I have been doing vocally in Threat Signal with driving Fear Factory rhythms, along with some of our own experimentation. The idea behind the project is to be heavy, but maintain melody at the same time."

Howard has been a part of the Fear Factory family ever since Olde Wolbers served as producer for Threat Signal's debut, Under Reprisal. Given that connection, the chemistry was there the instant the band started playing together.

The band's yet untitled album is due out fall 2008 on KOCH Records and plans for touring are under way in support of the record.

You can preview new music on the band's MySpace page.

It was reported last month that Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera had joined forces with former DAMAGEPLAN singer/HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman in a new project called BURN IT ALL. The band was reportedly shopping a four-song demo at the time. It is presently unclear what the formation of Arkaea means to the future of Burn It All.

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