Becoming The Archetype
Dichotomy


2.0
poor

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
December 3rd, 2008 | 255 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lazy and uninspiring, this is Wal-Mart's interpretation of progressive metal.

I was sceptical of Dichotomy from the get-go. I liked Terminate Damnation enough. I liked Physics of Fire even more. But it only took a minute or two for me to realize the like-affair was about to end. “Mountain of Souls” characterizes the album almost immediately. Producer-slash-bald everyman Devin Townsend's fingerprints are ever present from the song's opening instances. Incorporating Hevy-Devy's trademark dollar-ninety-nine keyboard work alongside second-rate chugging and leads that sounded phoned in the first forty times In Flames used them, “Mountain of Souls” is wholly indicative of a complete and utter lack of effort on the band's part. Like the album it opens, “Mountain of Souls” unravels at a tedious pace and just when you think the album's hit its early low-point, you're hit with a contrived piano coda that falls somewhere between useless and irritating.

“Dichotomy” keeps the album on a course toward mediocrity. Introducing a structural trait that will eventually be kicked to the ground, “Dichotomy” follows a path that begins with a silly keyboard riff that is then repeated with some added chug on the guitars. And once again, the song breaks with a hair-in-the-wind guitar solo laden piano passage that walks a fine line between ironic and arrogant. The 30+ minutes that follow are much the same. You get flimsy, repetitive songwriting peppered by pretentious piano work, schlocky keyboards and musicianship that's technically sound but mostly uninvolved. Dichotomy is a lazy effort. Much of the songs rely on time-killing, a technique that's exemplified by the band's insistence to build each song slowly, rev themselves into an unintelligible growl that transforms itself into fourth rate melodic death metal before breaking into some pseudo-intellectual piano-driven garbage. The band's blatant lack of energy can be most vehemently summarized in my assertion that this is Wal-Mart friendly death metal. Christian morality isn't the problem: music that rarely threatens to do anything new, unique or even interesting is.

Of course the idea of an “extreme” metal act interpreting “How Great Thou Art” is probably intended to be shocking and out-of-left-field. Instead, it realistically puts them in the same creative realm as Carrie Underwood. Regardless, “How Great Thou Art” is in contention for the most inventive song on the album. The hundred-plus year old hymn, as hokey as it may be, is perhaps the only earnest thing on the disc. Granted, hearing the band shout “come on!” before effectively “breaking it down” is cringe worthy but it's the rare instance where the band actually seems to be enjoying themselves.

In a nutshell, Becoming the Archetype got lazy. In a nutshell, Becoming the Archetype got comfortable. It's not that Dichotomy is awful, but it's not far off. Dichotomy is an allegedly progressive metal album by a band taking a gigantic leap backwards. Most importantly, Dichotomy is an excruciatingly disappointing waste of time. By all means give the album a chance, it's not without its occasional merit. But do not be surprised by a band going through the motions and don't say I didn't warn you.

These guys believe in the resurrection of Christ. Their religion believes this to be a miracle. Here's hoping the same thing happens to their career. After this dud, they're going to need it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
December 3rd 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

First review in a while. Wrote it fast because Mike couldn't get to it. Shame my first review "back" had to be for something so utterly uninspiring.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2008


16089 Comments


wal mart

Tyler
Emeritus
December 3rd 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

JesusDeEspana (2:05:20 AM): i didnt read it but i posted

McP3000
December 3rd 2008


3941 Comments


ending remark was the only part i didnt like.

otherwise great reviewThis Message Edited On 12.03.08

withintention
December 3rd 2008


297 Comments


you came back with souja boy too, maybe you just like to come back with uninspiring albums

McP3000
December 3rd 2008


3941 Comments


his soulja boy review was an inspiration of pure hatred

Tyler
Emeritus
December 3rd 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I've got a few things to write up quick before I do the new Common, which I haven't heard yet but can almost guarantee will be awful.

Zoo
December 3rd 2008


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Loved the review. I completely agree.

ninjuice
December 3rd 2008


6760 Comments


Christian morality isn't the problem: music that rarely threatens to do anything new, unique or even interesting is.

nice.
It's a great review. I doubt this is that bad but at the same time I could never get into this band.

Essence
December 3rd 2008


3587 Comments


So... no good Dev moments?

Meatplow
December 3rd 2008


5524 Comments


slammed

I didn't mind listening to this to be honest, it sounded quite good to me. mind you i'm not over familiar with this genre of music and it's quite possible it is derivative to some degree

Tyler
Emeritus
December 3rd 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

So... no good Dev moments?

He's the producer. What do you expect?

MarkvandenBerg
December 3rd 2008


77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well written review but I quite like this album....

Tyler
Emeritus
December 3rd 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

You're allowed.

rasputin
December 3rd 2008


14555 Comments


Good review. I didn't expect much else from the album.

Essence
December 3rd 2008


3587 Comments


Well, they can't all be zingers, I suppose, even when it comes to the Dev man.

Pebster49
December 3rd 2008


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't really expect this to get a bad review, but atleast its write well. I don't agree with it though, I probably like this over their other two. Im not even a huge fan of Devin Townsend, wierd...

Thor
December 3rd 2008


10202 Comments


Review was decent. Not your best though.

iamthenightmare
December 3rd 2008


754 Comments


this is the first negative review for any of BTA's albums. It's nice to see not everyone jizzes all over these guys, always felt these guys were over-rated. Their not without their moments, but alot of the stuff they put out feels like filler.

poweroftheweez
December 3rd 2008


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I never really thought of this album as being prog metal.



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