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Becoming the Archetype


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.74 | 14 ratings

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3 stars "Terminate Damnation" is the debut full-length studio album by US death metal/metalcore act Becoming The Archetype. The album was released through Solid State Records in the US and Abacus Recording in Europe in August 2005.

The music on the album is melodic death metal/metalcore with a progressive edge. The basis in the music shifts from powerful and for the most part melodic death metal sections to metalcore breakdowns and chugging type riffing to more complex progressive parts to softer non distorted/acoustic guitar parts. The vocals vary from growling to more aggressive "core" type raw singing/screaming. The tracks are well composed and because they go through so many sections and moods they are also quite intriguing. Another asset is the fact that Becoming The Archetype are a very well playing act. Its certainly not audible that this is a debut album. Neither when it comes to the musicianship nor when it comes to the songwriting. The sound production might lack the last bit of bite to push it from great to excellent, but were still talking a very well produced album if you enjoy clear metal productions.

Ive been rather pleasantly surprised by "Terminate Damnation" and while I could have done without some of what I feel are generic sounding metalcore parts, its a relatively adventurous album that kept me entertained throughout the 54:26 minutes that it lasts. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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