11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With savage finesse, Becoming the Archetype moves beyond their Christian metalcore comfort zone on Celestial Completion. Even compared with BTA’s blistering earlier releases, Celestial Completion is an album of violent contrasts, rendered with fearless spirit. Bassist Jason Wisdom’s harsh vocals are paired with newly recruited guitarist Daniel Gailey’s clean-edged singing to stunning effect. Even more striking are the bold arrangement choices the band makes — from the pizzicato strings and massed vocals opening “The Resonant Frequency of Flesh” through the cinematic sweep of the closing number “Breathing Light,” the album’s instrumental shifts are as dazzling as they are unpredictable. Most radical of all is “Cardiac Rebellion,” a dreamy, dirge-like number that breaks into a ska interlude (complete with trombone by ex-Five Iron Frenzy member Dennis Culp). Skull-piercing riffage and pummeling drum work keep Celestial Completion brilliantly brutal, even as Becoming the Archetype crosses the threshold into bold new territory.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With savage finesse, Becoming the Archetype moves beyond their Christian metalcore comfort zone on Celestial Completion. Even compared with BTA’s blistering earlier releases, Celestial Completion is an album of violent contrasts, rendered with fearless spirit. Bassist Jason Wisdom’s harsh vocals are paired with newly recruited guitarist Daniel Gailey’s clean-edged singing to stunning effect. Even more striking are the bold arrangement choices the band makes — from the pizzicato strings and massed vocals opening “The Resonant Frequency of Flesh” through the cinematic sweep of the closing number “Breathing Light,” the album’s instrumental shifts are as dazzling as they are unpredictable. Most radical of all is “Cardiac Rebellion,” a dreamy, dirge-like number that breaks into a ska interlude (complete with trombone by ex-Five Iron Frenzy member Dennis Culp). Skull-piercing riffage and pummeling drum work keep Celestial Completion brilliantly brutal, even as Becoming the Archetype crosses the threshold into bold new territory.

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About Becoming the Archetype

Christian rockers bringing a progressive sound and compassionate message to full-on death metal, Atlanta-based Becoming the Archetype were founded in 1999 under the name the Remnant. After recording a self-released album as the Remnant, the group retooled its sound and re-emerged as Becoming the Archetype, a name that references Jesus Christ as the only man who lived without sin, standing as the ideal model for mankind. In late 2004, the band signed with Solid State Records, a metal-oriented subsidiary of Tooth and Nail, and the group -- Jason Wisdom on bass and vocals, Sean Cunningham and Jon Star on guitars, Seth Hecox on guitar and keyboards, and Brent Duckett on drums -- went into the studio to record their first album as Becoming the Archetype, Terminate Damnation, which was released in the summer of 2005. The band toured extensively in support of the release, though Becoming the Archetype would go through some changes before they would enter the studio again. Star left the band to pursue a career as a recording engineer in 2006, and Alex Kenis, whose band Aletheian had toured with Becoming the Archetype, was recruited to join the group; in addition to playing guitar, Kenis also sings with BTA, with his melodic vocal style contrasting with Wisdom's gruff bark. A few months later, Cunningham resigned from the group, and Becoming the Archetype opted to work as a four-piece rather than replace him. BTA's second album, The Physics of Fire, was released by Solid State in May 2007. ~ Mark Deming

ORIGIN
Atlanta, GA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1999

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