Becoming The Archetype
Celestial Completion


4.0
excellent

Review

by The_RabidMonkey USER (5 Reviews)
March 29th, 2011 | 110 replies | 16,723 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Becoming the Archetype stick to what they do best but add a bit of experimentation. The result is a combination of heavy and fun with a high replay value.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Genre ambiguity seems to lead to many an internet flame war these days. Hardcore kids get upset when their favorite band adds a guitar solo or a clean guitar part and death metal kids bash the hardcore bands for their lack of said solos. With Celestial Completion, Becoming the Archetype throw caution to the wind and create an album that breaks plenty of genre boundaries. Most importantly, it worked.

For those that have already listened to Becoming the Archetype, you may or may not be surprised. They still have the elements that make them the band they always have been, but take on a more experimental aspect with Celestial Completion. Though some fans will undoubtedly criticize this decision, it must be taken objectively as maturation or at the very least an evolution of the band. At the very core of it, the band tried something new and went with it. For that, they must be commended. It is up to the listener to decide whether or not they like the new direction.

That being said, the best way to approach the album is with an open mind. When I decided to write this review I listened to the album a few times with one question in mind: “Do I like what I am hearing?” The album opens with a pseudo-orchestral intro that leads into what is overall a quite heavy album. There are breakdowns, solos, clean vocals, brass sections, riffs, and some great screamed vocals. In other words, this album has something to offer to just about anyone. Of course, by combining these elements, some of the songs include a somewhat sudden change of pace. It is here that much of the criticism surfaces. However, BtA manage to transition quite well throughout the album and no part seems particularly forced. The production, while not something to drool over, is certainly of quality and adds to the clarity and flow of the album. The instrumentation is not the most complex, but the riffs are headbang worthy and some of the solos are quite impressive on both a technical and melodic level. The relatively short song lengths help to push the album forward and retain momentum.

As someone listening for something entertaining, Celestial Completion will succeed. If you are looking for an album that forgives no one with its heaviness, you will be disappointed. On a similar note, do not expect a typical metal album. It is an interesting blend of many elements that results in an album that is fun to listen to all the way through (something that does not happen as often as it should) while still providing the energy and intensity metalheads know and love. This combination of consistency and replay value result in a 4.0 rating.

Recommended tracks (in order of album appearance):

The Magnetic Sky
Internal Illumination
Cardiac Rebellion

PS- The riff in Path of the Beam is not really as similar as so many people are saying it is. Sure they have their similarities, but a rip-off it is not.

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zrosschristian
March 29th 2011



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listening to this album right now, completely agree with you that they are experimenting with some of their older material and mixing in some new stuff as well.

eternium
March 29th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Can't stand the guitar riffing that I know stems from deathcore influences on the guitar player. Some parts are really cool, a few cheesy, but it's about half and half. I wish I liked this, honestly.

FearThyEvil
March 29th 2011



12280 Comments


I do like the album cover quite a bit.

bloc
March 29th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Looking forward to listening to this

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captainjancient
March 29th 2011



4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Daniel's pretty good, he's a deathcore guy who can shred. I wasn't worried about that, I've seen his old band several times. It doesn't really sound much like old BTA though so some people might hate on it. I personally think its a solid release.

eternium
March 29th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thaddeus is fun live but that's about it honestly. Apparently you must live near where I do.

Wizard
March 29th 2011



19237 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

What the fuck was that?

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asdemonsburn
March 29th 2011



793 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

an awful album

Palindromic
March 29th 2011



12 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album, while i have not listend to all of it yet, seems to disapoint me. i loved terminate, went "meh" to physics, drooled over the lewis inspired lyrics of dichotomy, but this just crosses way to far into generic metalcore sound and loses me, even with jason's awesome roar. we shall see though...

TheFantasticDangler
March 30th 2011



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A few shining moments among random genre experimentation and generic riffing.

pillowswantyoursoul
March 30th 2011



923 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Really poor album. Bloc probably won't even like this, that's how terrible it is.

wyankeif1337
March 30th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

haters gon hate

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2011



30882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is shit

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Emim
March 30th 2011



26506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

People are really overreacting.

IleftyspankedU
March 30th 2011



686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

solid state was way cooler 5-10 years ago......right? so where's the hip christian label now?

Hawks
March 30th 2011



34582 Comments


I was gonna get this, but not after seeing some of these ratings.

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IAMERROR
March 30th 2011



219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The intro riff in Path of the Beam is such a rip off of Born of Osiris' Open Arms to Damnation that it disgusts me.

Emim
March 30th 2011



26506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As bringonthebreakdown previously stated, saying the riff is a ripoff of BOO is quite an exaggeration. They are similar, and that's about it.

bloc
March 30th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

About halfway through so far, and I must say this is pretty solid. Although the first track is awful.

Emim
March 30th 2011



26506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Too many juns and bad cleans.


Hopefully my review will be up soon. Having some serious writer's block



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