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A Mix of Catchy Edge of Sanity-style Death Metal, Grinding Blast Beats and Metalcore-attitude.

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  • Mixing elements of 80’s heavy metal, classical, metalcore, deathcore and even medieval/progressive undertones, “Becoming The Archetype” has crafted one of the finest metal albums I’ve ever heard. The lyrics are wonderful and deal with Biblical issues and themes (refreshing and motivating in a sea of downer metal bands) and the concept of the album (while seemingly abstract) is wholly thought provoking and interesting.

    If you like death metal vocals (a.k.a. Ryan Clark) with a metalcore twist (August Burns Red) with a dash of gothic fantasy metal and a whole lot of progressive goodness… You will adore this album.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • These guys are awesome to say the least. Their first disk was a masterpiece and this one isn’t far off. My only beef with this CD is the guy that’s trying to “sing” I’m sorry but he ruins that part of the song. Thankfully he doesn’t do it that often. If they want to add singing that’s fine but I think they need to get someone that actually can do a good job and have it so it fits with the music. Other than that it’s awesome.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Sophomore efforts from bands are always a risky purchase, because you don’t really know what to expect. This early in a bands excistence, a band usually hasn’y fully matured or found itself yet, so a lot of times a band will come out with a stellar debut album, then drop off into mediocrity after that. Happens more so now a days with the whole nu metal scene where seemingly theres a new band out everyday that sounds just like the last, and three months later you read about them disbanding. Fortunatly for Becoming the Archetype, they not only brought the quality of their debut album to the sophomore effort, but the unique and original sound also. This is the same band as we knew the first time around, only I feel that their sound is more fleshed out and smooth. I feel this album is more melodic and less progressive than the last, where the debut album was vice versa. There are no songs like The Trivial Paroxysm which seemed to be all over the place on this album. The sound of the last album was stellar and unique but I have to admit the sound did kind of throw you off a little bit sometimes. This album is a little easier to listen to. In the end though, both albums are must have for any metal head. A unique listen, no metalcore here, just pure awesomeness.

    Posted on November 12, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Since their first release, “Terminate Damnation”, Becoming the Archetype has by far become one of my favorite metal bands of all time. I listened to the first album so much that I know all of the lyrics to every song, and have never really looked at a lyrics cheat-sheet. So, needless to say, when BTA announced the new CD I was excited. All I could really see happening when the lineup change was announced was something good, especially after I listened to some of Aletheian’s stuff (the band which Alex Kenis also plays with).

    The first thing I can say is that this album is a lot different from the first. While the first seemed to sort of carry on in the same death-metalcore style previous trekked out by legendary band Living Sacrifice, this CD definately heads in a more progressive direction. All I can say is that the lineup change with adding Kenis in on lead guitar made them go where few (American) Christian metal bands have gone in recent years. While the last album was somewhat lacking in technically challenging lead guitar parts, The Physics of Fire is chock-full of guitar solos and licks that would make any lover of Steve Vai, Rusty Cooley, or John Petrucci cry.

    I can also say that the mixing and production quality on the CD is a step up from the first. Terminate Damnation’s mixing and whatnot, while excellent, was done in more of a style that suits metalcore bands such as As I Lay Dying and August Burns Red, while The Physics of Fire’s mix and production reaks of Opeth and Scar Symmetry-esque dynamics.

    Another thing to note about this album is something not seen very often – it’s a concept album, which I believe adds greatly to the value and integrity of the music. Every single song on the CD intertwine with each other to tell an epic story, with 4 of the songs creating the 4 part “The Physics of Fire” Suite.

    I’d also rate this album high on playability…This CD has dominated my mp3 player, my Winamp playlists, and my car stereo ever since i picked it up on release date.

    Go out, get this album, and prepare for the horns to be upped instantly.

    Posted on November 12, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Fire is an apt way to describe this album, ’cause it smokes. Losing two members and adding one (Alex from Aletheian, and we know he can be technical) hasn’t taken away from this groups sound at all, it’s as heavy and as technical as ever. The album opens by easing you into it with a little instumental softness then the pummeling ensues at full force. The first song especially reminds me of something a Communic or Scar Symmetry might do at their heaviest and has a melodic death metal feel that the album never quite reaches again. If you liked the last one you should really dig into this and discover the greatness it holds. The one thing holding it back is falling into some metalcore boringness at times and the clean singer does not do a very good job. Other then that it is a sonic brain cleaning that brings the metal and the lyrics are very Biblically focused again. BTA is bringing the metal and showing that christians can be as loud and as technical as any band out there.

    Posted on November 12, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now