Becoming The Archetype
I Am


4.5
superb

Review

by speedkills1995 USER (15 Reviews)
December 19th, 2012 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How often do metal bands stand out in a world full of mechanized marketing ploys? Here is an exception.

Imagine my shock, new to a music scene (particularly Columbia, Mississippi), attending an eight-band fest taking place deep in the woods. Becoming the Archetype is headlining. Never before had I heard this band, so my first instinct was to assume that this was "another metalcore band". I would soon be proved wrong.

After witnessing the fury that was their performance, I purchased "I Am". I will honestly label this as one of the greatest albums to be released this year. Hearing samples of songs, one may assume it is, as I previously mentioned, "just another metal album". However, with a full length run, we can discover what this band has in store for us: Sweeping guitar solos delivered by lead axe-slinger Daniel Gailey, backed by the crushing melodies of Seth Hecox (who I briefly conversed with at the fest), deep, sinister vocals, and pounding drum work.

Opening the album with "The Ocean Walker", Becoming the Archetype wish to slowly walk you into a world of fury and frustration, rather than shoving you into the mosh-pit. Complete with (somewhat) clean vocals, tightly-knit musicianship, and an enthralling guitar solo, the song opens the album perfectly. Later down the line, we find more experimentation and moments worthy of mention: The melodic guitar solos present on "The Sky Bearer" and "The Weapon Breaker and the deadly breakdown at the mid-point of "The War Ender" (my personal favorite track from the album).

Becoming the Archetype's wish is obvious: to thrust you through a reckless pit of doom, shifting your ears in every direction imaginable. At no point does this album becoming boring or repetitious. It always maintains it's luster, and is worthy of many spins on the turntable (or MP3, for you digital junkies). I was a very lucky individual to catch a live performance from this group, and to purchase this album, which was well worth the mere $10 I shed.

Recommended tracks:
"The Time Bender"
"The War Ender"
"The Planet Maker"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Calc
December 19th 2012


12185 Comments


What's a mechanized marketing ploy?

And you should talk about the music more in your subsequent reviews.

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Toondude10
December 19th 2012


3931 Comments


Yeah, I don't really get what your saying. Are you talking about you liking the music, because that's what it kinda sounds like.

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Evreaia
December 19th 2012


4034 Comments


I CARRY THE SKY ON MY BACK.

rec'd songs are so wrong bro. And yes I like this more than the average chap.

Ignimbrite
December 19th 2012


5331 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nah

KjSwantko
December 19th 2012


9277 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Album makes no sense.

Ignimbrite
December 19th 2012


5331 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dudes look, i discovered Meshuggah

great dude, what if we mixed faux-Meshuggah riffs with death(core)? bet nobody's ever done that before...

KjSwantko
December 19th 2012


9277 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

These guys should tour with those faggots that mixed djent and rap.

Ignimbrite
December 19th 2012


5331 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

shit dude, more breakdowns = better, right? hell yeah

KjSwantko
December 19th 2012


9277 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Oh hell yeah!

FrozenVain
December 21st 2012


2432 Comments


Agreed

Evreaia
December 21st 2012


4034 Comments


exaggeration much

I'd take this above shit like anything from rise any day



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