Becoming The Archetype
Dichotomy


4.0
excellent

Review

by Probably the last mimsy USER (9 Reviews)
September 5th, 2009 | 38 replies | 4,673 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best? No. Worth a place in your rotation? Completely.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Becoming the Archetype is:
Jason Wisdom – Bass/Vocals
Jon Star – Lead Guitar
“Count” Seth Hecox – Guitar/keyboards
Brent “Duck” Duckett – Drums

Formally known as The Remnant, Becoming the Archetype released their first album Terminate Damnation (named after the Mortification album) which was hailed by many as one of the best Christian Metal albums in recent years. It successfully combined elements of Death Metal, Thrash, and even Classical with Metalcore, resulting in an odd, yet completely satisfying mix. After a lineup change resulting in the loss of several members, Becoming the Archetype released The Physics of Fire. It was a definite change of pace for the band, it focused much more on the technical aspect of the music, and as such most of the emotion or “feel” was lost. Instead of the varied vocals found on Terminate Damnation, Jason Wisdom settled into a medium range scream, making many tracks similar in style and hard to differentiate from each other. All in all, this album plays more like a demonstration of new guitarist Alex Kenis’ talents, with the band changing to fit his style rather than playing as a whole. Even so, a few stand out tracks emerged: Immolation, Endure, and The Monolith come to mind. So, to which album does Dichotomy compare?

The answer is yes.

Dichotomy shows the leaving of Alex Kenis, and the welcome return of former guitarist Jon Star. Not to say Kenis is a bad player in the least, but let’s say that he was definitely the odd one out. Also of note is Jon’s acoustic work, seen primarily in St. Anne’s Lullaby and How Great Thou Art. Jason’s vocals are also mostly back to form. Sadly, his highs are not as high and his lows not as low. He does have an instantly recognizable voice and well enunciated words, making lyrics easier to understand. His bass work is underwhelming though, but that’s to be expected in any album of the genre. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the lineup is “Count” Seth’s keyboard work, which opens Self Existent nicely and lends an electronic feel to Deep Heaven. Brent’s work behind the kit is nothing average. He always remains a solid and consistent backdrop to the rest of the band, providing strength to the heavy parts and rhythm to the more melodic parts. Also kept to a minimum is the “china whoring” that many drummers seem especially led to.

The album opens with Mountain of Souls. It starts off very Death influenced, grabbing you by your nethers, and not letting go until about half way through, where the keyboards take over and producer Devin Townsend lends his clean vocals. All in all, it is a solid opener for the album. Next we have the title track, my personal favorite. This track showcases all of the elements of the album and the band, and features lyrics torn mainly from the opening of the book of Romans. It shows the guitars spot on, featuring one of the best solos. Wisdom’s vocals are brutal and dare I say, beastly. Ryan Clark of Demon Hunter performs also, singing the second of the album’s two clean parts. St. Anne’s Lullaby fills the traditional slot of an instrumental. Bearing in mind that Jon’s last was “Night’s Sorrow” on their first album, this song is its spiritual successor. Consisting entirely of acoustic guitar, it’s not as amazing as its predecessor, but provides a nice break in the middle of the album. The next standout is of course the cover of the hymn, How Great Thou Art. In a gutsy move, BTA abandons the Carrie Underwood route and injects a healthy dose of Metal into this classic’s heart. Starting with the aforementioned acoustic guitar, the song explodes about 40 seconds in. Of special mention are Jason Wisdom and Brent Duckett. Jason provides his most diverse range on this song, still not up to what it was originally, but close enough. Brent gives plenty of double bass, notably in the form of his trademark tom/bass rolls. The last and longest track is End of the Age. It is as close to an “epic” as one is likely to find on Dichotomy. Coming in at 6:30, this song is another favorite of mine. It wraps up the album very nicely, showcasing each of the band members and their respective talents.

So, where does all this leave Dichotomy? In strong form to be sure. Leaving behind the somewhat mediocre offerings found in The Physics of Fire, Dichotomy feels much more like the actual successor to Terminate Damnation. Instead of focusing solely on Mr. Kenis’ guitar, all band members are given equal limelight. No one pulls too far ahead of the others, as so many bands are apt to do, and no “wankery” exists. The breakdowns are spaced far apart, and never drag down the song. Most if not all of the Metalcore influences are toned down, and a Progressive Death sound permeates Dichotomy. Being that this is after all a Christian band, the lyrics will hit home with some, and not with others. However, being that this is also a Christian Metal band, the lyrics are easy enough to ignore, and should not be the sole reason for disliking this. All in all, Becoming the Archetype has written a heavy and fairly diverse album that fans of the genre should find something in for themselves.

Recommended tracks:
Dichotomy
Artificial Immortality
How Great Thou Art
End of the Age



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Emim
September 6th 2009



26572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, second review. I'm kinda torn on it, I like and dislike it at the same time. Hope y'all like it all the same.

I used to play piano, now I play drums and want to learn guitar. Does that count?

MentalityOfA
September 6th 2009



1213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like this album, though not as much as The Physics Of Fire.

WhiteWallStargazers
September 6th 2009



2647 Comments


I like this...

zuzek
September 6th 2009



750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Like you have made your point well, it is a good album but a lot of it just seems to ebb away after not having listened to it for a while. Thanks for your review though as it's given me incentive to revisit the record.

Not sure if you're also looking for (well intended!) criticism, but I'll take my chances anyway. I generally like your review although the format in which you have written it doesn't lend itself that well for a track by track review, which the middle part in essence is. It reads as "album = this + this + this", making it hard to have a good idea of what the entire experience is like when coming to your final paragraph. I would suggest to either delve into track by track reviews if that's your thing, or to try and write a fully flowing review. That's damn hard and I'm nowhere near being able to do so myself, but I feel it's best to choose either and not mix them up. Just my view though, so hate me and have a cookie if I'm a tosser. Otherwise, hope I've helped, it's a good review for your second.

Frobenius
September 6th 2009



97 Comments


A couple of my scene garbage friends have told me how kick ass these guys are. I am somewhat skeptical. Might check them out. Devin Townsend is cool sometimes.




Frobenius
September 6th 2009



97 Comments


Good review btw.

Emim
September 6th 2009



26572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks zuzek. Didn't mean for it to be a tbt, but like I said, the better tracks are the bookends while the middle can be hard to differentiate. Thus, as I focused solely on the first and last tracks, it seems to be a tbt, that was not my intention. Thanks for the advice though, its always welcome.

ziroth
September 6th 2009



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, End of the Age is probably my favorite closer on any metal album.

jingledeath
September 6th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah End of the Age is awesome

zuzek
September 6th 2009



750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He is clothed in greatness!

Waior
September 20th 2009



11447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh heaven, break this cycleeee

YouAreMySilence
September 20th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I am not of this world and science cannot explain meee!

brutebeard
December 21st 2009



1655 Comments


Well written. Terminate Damnation still rules more. Have you heard their new stuff up on myspace?....it's mean

bloc
December 21st 2009



34735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OH MY GOD, FROM THE SHADOOOOOOOOOOWS YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAH

Digging: Messiah - Choir of Horrors

Emim
December 21st 2009



26572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah TD rules way more, but this isn't bad at all either. New stuff is rather br00tal, I'm, interested to see what the next album will be.

Emim
February 3rd 2010



26572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My hands have taught me terrible things, His hands have SET ME FREEEEE!!!

Best breakdown imo.

bloc
February 3rd 2010



34735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jeez, you gave this a 4.5 and it still doesn't rule hard enough.

Emim
February 3rd 2010



26572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are you saying I "should 5 it bro"?

bloc
February 3rd 2010



34735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your call bro

JWT155
February 3rd 2010



9211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need to listen to this and Physics of Fire today sometime after I'm done going through 3EB and the Neverender live albums.



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