Who said Christian Metal can’t kick ass? BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE is relatively new, forming in 2004 and releasing their debut a year later, which pretty much made everyone turn their head in wonder.
So two years later, with the departure of two of three guitarists (and the acquisition of a new one), BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE released another stellar album of Progressive Metal. Well, it’s Progressive Metalcore, if you take the vocals into account.
Everything is present: Multitude of styles alongside many time changes, intense drumming and technical riffing, all done via narrative structure. Although the band is quite technical and aggressive, “The Physics Of Fire” as a whole is incredibly melodic. BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE writes songs that seamlessly go from Thrash Metal to Hardcore to Progressive Metal to Black Metal, plus various clean and Jazz interludes, and the lead guitar playing features a lot of fretboard gymnastics. Musically, it’s an incredibly rich record, requiring many listens to fully appreciate all of the obvious and subtle changes. However…
I hate the vocals. Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word. Considering the music is incredibly dynamic and ever changing, you’d think that the vocals would be BIT more than someone growling in the same pitch all throughout the album, and couple that with weak clean vocals. It’s mind-boggling, actually, to have this monotonous growling over all of the intricate and melodic instrumentation that takes immense skill to write and perform.
The vocals are the weakest point of the album and drag it down. Which sucks, because the music kicks so much ass.
(Online August 20, 2007)