Becoming The Archetype
Dichotomy


3.5
great

Review

by Slimjim367 USER (19 Reviews)
November 17th, 2009 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If it had been a bit more original in terms of it's writing, it would have sold the band into fame everywhere.



So after receiving the 'Becoming the Archetype' full length 'Dichotomy', I checked out the CD book before listening to it, remembering great tracks like 'One Man Parade' off of Terminate Damnation', I immediately went to the last page of the album art, to check the credits and see if there were any worth-while guests, only to find that Devin Townsend produced it. Excited and surprised, I eagerly popped it in, but to my surprise, the entire LP was laced with cheesy keyboard effect after another. The opener 'Mountain of Souls' opens perhaps the most cliche way a metal album can open, however, every song progresses quite nicely with time, and drops the keyboard or uses them more appropriately.

Most of the riffs on 'Dichotomy' fit quite nicely with the context of the song, keeping you headbanging for the duration of the full-length. Jason's Vocals fit extremely well with the rest of the package, a deep, guttural scream the soars above the rest. Jason and Seth's guitar ability has only improved as is obvious on tracks such as the title track and most of the solos on the album, which range from beautifully melodic to amazingly fast and harmonic.

The singing on Dichotomy is questionable as necessary however, the band proves they're melodic enough with the piano start to 'Self Existent' and the acoustic ballad of 'St-Anne's Lullaby', so the quiet singing in the title track is kind of useless, though a nice touch I suppose. The singers of Becoming the Archetype aren't bad at all, it is simply their relevance in the song, but then again, this is what makes groups such as Becoming the Archetype unique, the fact that they'll be able to throw in a calm part which leads to the biggest buildup on the album and everything will fit in perfectly.

The production on Dichotomy is amazing to say the least, however, with Devin Townsend himself filling the roll of producer this is only expected. The vocals, though deep and rage filled, are clearly heard, which gives the lyrics more power. The guitars are smack on time and at the perfect volume level to not block out the bass, which is audible, however only at some parts. The drumming has been made even faster than Becoming The Archetype's last few efforts, and yet it is still perfectly precise and on time.

Becoming the Archetype are a 'Progressive Death Metal Christian' band according to Wikipedia, the lyrics reflect this at times, however the major concept of this album is the struggle and fight between machine and living thing, man and technology. It was apparently inspired by C.S. Lewis' writing.

In the end, I would recommend 'Dichotomy' to any metal head looking for something new, however, they'll have to grow used to the cliche keyboard tunes to find anything catchy in the rest of the album. I will definitely listen to the album again, if not for the mediocre interludes and singing, for the built-up solos and the raging screaming and that great hook the band writes once in a while. If it had been a bit more original in terms of it's writing, it would have sold the band into fame everywhere.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WhiteWallStargazers
November 17th 2009


2647 Comments


Nice review, I personally think the keyboards give the album a fuller feel, and help show the dynamics between heavy and soft, but to each their own.

Waior
November 17th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good album.

bloc
November 17th 2009


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

favourite songs are Deep Heaven and Dichotomy.

shortone323
November 17th 2009


883 Comments


Good review. I liked a song or two off the Physics of Fire but that's really it.

wewillbelegends
November 17th 2009


122 Comments


a dude in my old school loved this band to death and forced me to check them out. I never could get into them.


Emim
November 17th 2009


26675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dichotomy is my fave song, followed closely by End of the Age. Nice review.

Slimjim367
November 17th 2009


512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i love the beginning of dichotomy surprisingly not the overused keyboards though

Emim
December 11th 2009


26675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the bridge personally.

bloc
December 11th 2009


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OH MY GOD, FROM THE SHADOOOOOOOWS YEEEAAAAAH

Waior
December 11th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I was just listening to this, whoa

bloc
December 11th 2009


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mind games bro

mind games

Emim
December 11th 2009


26675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anyone heard the song they released a while back?

Waior
December 11th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, it sucked.

Emim
December 11th 2009


26675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must beg to differ with you, dear sir. It showed them going back more to the sound of the original, which is a good thing. I wouldn't want an album of that though...

ziroth
December 11th 2009


1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's kind of cool, not as good as what they've done previously though

Emim
December 11th 2009


26675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You talking about Dichotomy or the new song?

ziroth
December 11th 2009


1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

necrotizing fasciitis

Emim
December 11th 2009


26675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's what I thought. You pretty much summed up my feelings on it too.

Waior
December 11th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Terrible.

Emim
December 12th 2009


26675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see what you did there.



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