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BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE first started life in Atlanta,Georgia as the band THE REMNANT,with Jason Wisdom(lead vocals & bass),Jon Star and Sean Cunningham(guitars) and Brent "Duck" Duckett(drums).They released an independent,self-titled album under that moniker.

The band then changed their name to BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE.Their name refers to the Bible verse Genesis 1:26 which reads,"God said, 'Let us make man in our image'".This reflects the band's Christian beliefs that since,according to the Christian faith,Jesus Christ was the only person to ever be sinless,he was the ultimate archetype of humanity.

In 2005,BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE signed with Solid State and released their first nation-wide album "Terminate Damnation". The album was critically acclaimed for blending elements of progressive metal,thrash,hardcore,and black metal with their metalcore sound.

In early 2006,the band announced that long-time guitarist Jon Star would be leaving the band due to pursuing a career in recording.He was replaced with Alex Kenis of the death metal band ALETHEIAN.

It was also announced in July of 2006,that longtime guitarist Sean Cunningham will be leaving the band to pursue his last semester in college and pursue a full-time career.In the fall, the band will be going back into the studio with producer Rob Caggino (IN FLAMES, BLEEDING THROUGH) to work on new music for the remainder of the year. Their new album,"The Physics of Fire", has currently been slated for March 2007 release.

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Terminate Damnation, studio album (2005)
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3.69 | 14 ratings
Terminate Damnation
2005
3.76 | 13 ratings
The Physics of Fire
2007
3.04 | 10 ratings
Dichotomy
2008
2.33 | 5 ratings
Celestial Completion
2011
3.25 | 4 ratings
I Am
2012

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 Terminate Damnation by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.69 | 14 ratings

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Terminate Damnation
Becoming the Archetype Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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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. It´s 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 we´re still talking a very well produced album if you enjoy clear metal productions.

I´ve been rather pleasantly surprised by "Terminate Damnation" and while I could have done without some of what I feel are generic sounding metalcore parts, it´s 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.

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 Dichotomy by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.04 | 10 ratings

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Dichotomy
Becoming the Archetype Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Dichotomy' - Becoming The Archetype (6/10)

Becoming The Archetype is a band that I have seen glimmers of brilliance in, but they have never managed to really grab my imagination and run with it. 'Terminate Damnation' showed this Atlanta-based metalcore act coming onto the scene full of potential, but their following records have never really lived up to that debut. 'Dichotomy' comes close, and being the second best album from the band, it manages to spark some interest in me even after listening to it. For all of the talent, brilliant ideas and it being produced by one of the most creative minds in metal however, this album only manages to give a decent, rather than an excellent experience.

'Mountain Of Souls' shows the band at their best, going heavy on the riffs, but making sure to include ambiance and detail in the sounds. This may be in no small part due to the production talents of one Devin Townsend, best known for his fronting of Strapping Young Lad, and a keen solo career. He has a line or two of singing in 'Mountain Of Souls', and it really helps to tie Becoming The Archetype in with an artist who I really love, although on their own merits, the band does a great job here as well. It really impresses me that within the course of a single song, the band is able to span from metal to Indian raga music, to a jazzy instrumental break. Unfortunately, this sort of quality pops up only intermittently throughout the rest of this album.

A point of controversy that arises from this band is their Christian leanings and religiously- inclined lyrics. While this does not necessarily mean that the music will be bad (I have a good deal of respect for prog songster Neal Morse, who touches upon his beliefs quite a bit), the Christian overtones in 'Dichotomy' are very poorly disguised, to the point that they are somewhat tasteless. Hearing a grimy breakdown with guttural vocals screaming 'Hallelujah' is laughable at best, and while others in the metal scene may have an even bigger bone to pick with the Christian references, its clear to me that if the band wants to cover such a controversial religious stance in a genre that generally refutes it, they are going to have to be alot more clever about it.

The musicianship here is very good, and I find myself impressed by what Becoming The Archetype has to offer in parts. However, 'Dichotomy' does not give the listener a consistent dose of their greatness, being bogged down by some fairly poignant weaknesses.

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 Terminate Damnation by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.69 | 14 ratings

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Terminate Damnation
Becoming the Archetype Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Terminate Damnation' - Becoming The Archetype (7/10)

Despite some less-than-impressive experiences with the band and their music, I decided to seek out the earlier work of the Atlanta metalcore band Becoming The Archetype, having heard the talent and skill audibly evident in their sound. Although I was put off by the overly bombastic shallowness of 'Celestial Completion', looking towards their debut, 'Termiante Damnation' seems like the album I was hoping to hear from this band. Although I am still no fan of the particular melodic metalcore that the band plays, Becoming The Archetype's combination of technicality, diversity and songwriting makes it a wild, yet memorable experience. It is only a shame that the band's output would start going downhill from here for the most part.

Like so many other bands in progressive metal, Becoming The Archetype works the progressive element into their sound by contrasting heavy and light sounds with each other. For instance, it is no surprise here to have a sombre piano interlude be paired up with a crushing breakdown, or vicious shredfest. The dynamic thing rarely gives Becoming The Archetype the semblance of an original act, but the way in which they do this is well worth looking into. Each song is diverse and constantly changing, switching things up even within the constraint of metal. All of this is played with technical precision that goes well beyond the age of the band. For what excellence is here though, Becoming The Archetype are constantly held back by the fact that their sound- yet again- holds very little originality to it, which holds the band back greatly. Moreover, some of the more metalcore leaning elements to the band's formula (such as generic breakdowns) often do not mesh in well with the otherwise very intelligent way the music is composed and played.

Becoming The Archetype is indeed a Christian metal band, but it rarely shines through in the lyrics. While I don't care for the religious aspect of this band- and some in the metal scene may very well blacklist the band immediately because of it- Becoming The Archetype's Christian themes are not overbearing enough to deter from the music, which is very good. The definitive highlight of 'Terminate Damnation' is 'Elegy', a longer piece which climaxes in a stunning piano furnished finale.

A very good debut from Becoming The Archetype overall, although there are even a few issues early on with the band's sound that unfortunately would not be solved with subsequent albums.

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 The Physics of Fire by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.76 | 13 ratings

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The Physics of Fire
Becoming the Archetype Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'The Physics Of Fire' - Becoming The Archetype (6/10)

Considered by some to be this Atlanta-based metalcore act's greatest achievement thus far, Becoming The Archetype pulls out their technical and melodic brand of metal once again with their second album, 'The Physics Of Fire'. A sound similar to fellow US east coasters Trivium, the band has since come to be known for their overtly proggy take on metalcore, instrumental proficiency, as well as their Christian lyrical themes. Any precedent or previously held conception of the band aside however, 'The Physics Of Fire' does show a band that can easily stand their ground when it comes to their skills as performing musicians, but the album as a whole is held back by a rather derivative prog metal cheesiness and a somewhat superficial approach to songwriting that feels as if it may favour flash over substance.

'The Epoch Of War' opens 'The Physics Of Fire' on a note that seems all too traditional for the prog metal genre; a symphonic introduction followed by some anthemic metal riffs and then finally succumbing to some thrashy goodness. On their own, each aspect is done very well; melodic guitar licks blistering overtop some synth ambiance get the technical aspects of recording music down to a fine tune. However, especially for the metal fan out there that has heard a build up of intensity along these lines before, it is difficult to take Becoming The Archetype's music entirely seriously, when it's clear that their progressive leanings are leaning on top of conventions set in place even almost a decade before 'The Physics Of Fire' was released. Throughout the album though, there are always moments that seek to really give some sort of promise; passages that hint at the great potential that Becoming The Archetype could have if they shed their voracious attachment to their influences. Among these are some jazz guitar sections, as heard on the second track 'Immolation' or 'The Monolith', which are always a nice break from the rather over-the-top metal sections.

In terms of songwriting, many of the ideas here are excellent, but the band does have a bad habit of taking the very best that 'The Physics Of Fire' has to offer and cuts them short as soon as they are ready to create a real 'wow' moment. Moreover, while there are riffs and short passages that instantly impress in virtually every track, the way in which these ideas are put together in the structure of the song is rarely complimentary, either sounding generic (as was the case with the opener) or simply weak. An example of this is where the music breaks down into a jazzy melodic section with clean vocals halfway through 'The Monolith', and just as the vocal melody begins to pick up the pace, it abruptly segues into a conventional metalcore section, leaving the listener to wonder why Becoming The Archetype would have not chosen to develop some of the ideas here more fully, instead of trying to throw as many lesser concepts into each song as possible.

Becoming The Archetype are certainly a pretentious bunch of prog metallers, although their firm grasp of musicianship and chemistry as a band cannot be denied. 'The Physics Of Fire' is a fine album that could have been great, had the album been somewhat filtered, and had the better things heard here been focused on more than merely crowding the sound with a thousand riffs that often feel like they do not connect with each other, or go in any particular direction. A good second album from this band, even if it may not be reflective of their obvious potential as a band.

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 Celestial Completion by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.33 | 5 ratings

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Celestial Completion
Becoming the Archetype Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Celestial Completion' - Becoming The Archetype (4/10)

A somewhat lukewarm discovery on my part, Becoming The Archetype is one of those bands that is obviously filled to the brim with playing talent, but never seems completely confident enough to find their own ground. My first experience with this American progressive metalcore band, 'Celestial Completion' is certainly the work of talented instrumentalists, and while there are some incredible moments to delve into here for a progressive metal fan, the album is sorely brought down by a general lack of consistency. Although 'Celestial Completion' is rife with promise in parts, the listener should be prepared to wade through some rhinestones along the way.

With an opening segment that instantly recalls the vocal acrobatics of Symphony X, Becoming The Archetype solidify their place as one of the new prog metal bands attempting to relive the glory of the old giants. While this may give only the more negative connotations imaginable, it should be noted that for what they do, Becoming The Archetype do it quite well. Dark and heavy guitar riffs are coupled with the atmospherics of keyboard work and some very good drum work courtesy of the percussionist Nook. This may sound endearing for a fan of progressive metal, but the way it is all put together is incredibly hit-or-miss. More often than not, the band will go from a great moment of technicality to a sickening deathcore moment, or ridiculously cheesy synth section.

Were the album comprised only of the cheesy symphonic metal and deathcore in alternating sequence, 'Celestial Completion' would not be worth a single listen in my eyes. Becoming The Archetype become tricky to review in the sense though that in between these sections of ridicule, there are some very cool things going on. 'Invisible Creature' is a fine example of the sort of interesting things Becoming The Archetype manage to hide in the album, a short but effective raga interlude that segues seamlessly into 'Cardiac Rebellion'. Most of the time however, the great parts of the music are hidden within songs, be it a promising piano breakdown, jazz section or exciting prog riff.

Becoming The Archetype shows themselves off as being full of potential here, but it is a moot point if they let themselves get bogged down by their weak elements.

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 The Physics of Fire by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.76 | 13 ratings

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The Physics of Fire
Becoming the Archetype Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by AlexDOM

5 stars Epoch of War is one of the best openers I have ever heard. BTA blend technical death metal with progressive elements so well. For fans of Opeth (myself a huge one), this is reminiscent. Being a Christian, I love BTA's passion expressed through their lyics. I love the metaphor of God as fire, and man encased in ice by sin and the evil one. There are numerous fast guitar solos, insanely fast drumming (blast beat extravaganza), and sweet keyboard intros and interludes. Wisdom's growls are sweet as well. The Autopsy SET ME ON FIRE breakdown is amazing (I have a BTA hoodie with that phrase on the back. AWESOME!!) These guys are very talented and write great melodic death metal with progressive elements. Thanks BTA! Five out of five! If you do not enjoy the world of growls and screams avoid this though. This is not prog's Genesis (who I hold in high esteem anyway)

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 Dichotomy by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.04 | 10 ratings

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Dichotomy
Becoming the Archetype Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by AlexDOM

5 stars For Progressive technical death metal this is the best there is. Wonderful soaring guitars, interesting keyboard interludes, fast paced drumming, and masterful musicianship. BTA has one of the best growlers as well, Jason Wisdom screams are earth shattering and easliy discernable. He will never be Akerfeldt (Opeth), but he is awesome. BTA blends brutal and progressive elements with extreme precision. The lyrics are awesome as well with deep Christian elements. Love Deep Heaven's lyircs about how heaven is where we need to put our focus and is the true home for Christ's children. End of the Age is epic as well with lyrics expressing the Almighty's might and power. Not to forget the incredible breakdown in Ransom, "My hands have taught me terrible things, His hands have SET ME FREE!" Awesome. BTA is not your average metal band, incorporating tight musicianship and experimental elements these guys are boss. Thanks BTA! Five out five. If you don't like the great talent of growling and screaming skip this. This is not Genesis (which is a fantastic prog band anyway).

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 The Physics of Fire by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.76 | 13 ratings

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Review by Lezaza

4 stars Becoming the Archetype may not be the most progressive of metal acts here on progarchives. Their music is rather straight forward at times, to a point where it might bore non-fans of more "extreme" metal. However if you are a fan of the genre, Becoming the Archetype actually bring together two very different approaches of metal together beautifully.

The band started out their career with the very good 'Terminate Damnation' a record which leaned more towards metalcore and straight forward death metal. However, it wasn't until 'The Physics of Fire' was released that they fully entered the progressive metal genre; highlighting the wonderful progressive aspect of their music that 'Terminate Damnation' failed to realize completely.

There are a number of things that make this band deserve their spot here on progarchives; aside from the obvious tempo shifts and intricate song structures in their music. They are one of the few bands that have attempted a fuse of metalcore(a genre I generally dislike) with progressive metal and succeeded. The result are epic songs with tons of raw power coupled with beautiful harmonics and interesting rhythm sections-- free of the angsty teenage feel of metalcore and the over pompousness of progressive metal. The result is fantastic.

The one thing that might turn people away from this band are their religious views and the way they express it in their songs. There are some pretty cheesy and provocative lines here and there. If you are a die hard atheist or dislike religious undertones in music; this might turn you off from the band.

If you are a fan of "extreme" metal and have an open mind towards metalcore and Christian metal, I'd recommend you to give Becoming the Archetype an honest try! You'd be surprised how much 'The Physics of Fire' grows on you just after a few listens.

A masterpiece within its rather limited genre.

4/5

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 Dichotomy by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Dichotomy
Becoming the Archetype Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Telinstryata

4 stars Becoming the Archetype - Dichotomy is an excellent addition to anyone's Tech/Extreme Prog Metal collection. This band is certainly not for anyone who is not a fan of the genre. I was so happy to come across this band while browsing through iTunes. The music they produce is brutal and inspirational. This is the first time I've heard a brutal band like this with such a positive message as their foundation.

The music is very technical, with many tempo shifts, and many changes in "heaviness". Some of the changes between heavy/light passages are a little disjointed, and appear to come out of nowhere. The vocalist uses growling/grunting vocals throughout, but has the ability to vary his growling method from low guttural rumblings to high pitch screams. It goes a long way to add texture to each song. A texture that many other bands in the tech/extreme metal genre lack, in my opinion.

Anyone who has ever heard the classic hymn "How Great Thou Art", should hear BTAs take on it. I've heard the hymn done in it's classic form and as a country tune, and although BTA has only borrowed the lyrics from the original, it is truly interesting to hear those lyrics screamed/growled with such passion. It is quite inspirational to have a band such as this use a genre of music that is usually devoted to negativity, for proclaiming their beliefs.

The album was produced by Devin Townsend and his excellent production values shine through. He also makes a brief appearance during Mountain of Souls in the only "clean" vocals on the album.

I would give this album a 3.5 (if it was possible) so I'll be nice and round up.

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 Dichotomy by BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Dichotomy
Becoming the Archetype Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really, rough and yet melodic

Becoming the Archetype is young tech/extreme metal band from USA. Dichotomy is their third album and aswell their last one relesed so far from 2008. Very impressed by this band, because this album is in the same time very rough but melodic aswell in musical aproach. Becoming the Archetype playing some melodic death metal combined with prog metal in places, not far from early In Flames or Childern of Bodom but with a more roughfer and growled voice than on those two bands. Musicaly speaking this band kick ass, really, they combined and melted so well the metalic fase with the melodic ones that the resoul is great, in places some acustic guitars interlude great with the rest of the elements. Great band who knows how to manage to come with a good album and very intristing in same time, they are not just another band from this subgenre. Very strong are the choruses and the key arrangements, just listen to the the title track Dichotomy - catchy as hell, melodic death metal of the highest calibre, great guitar parts and cool solos, musichianship is tight and very strong. Someting worth mentioning is that Devin Townsend produce this album and aswell sing some parts on their opening pice - Mountain Of Souls. So a good album, more towards great, but few minor problems appear when I'm talking about this kind of music, sometimes they are to monotonous, but as awhole is great stuff. Recommended to those who enjoy this kind of music, and one of the promising bands around today in extreme music field.

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