Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy

Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
Despite the overwhelming drop in quality in Solid State Records releases over the last few years, groups like the Famine and Becoming the Archetype continue to give discriminating listeners hope, perhaps unfounded, that they will eventually return to a more consistently impressive output. BtA's third release shifts their sound further away from their metalcore roots, instead focusing on the progressive melodic death sensibilities hinted at on prior recordings. While occasional breakdowns and certain other trappings of their earlier material are still present, they have been refined and incorporated into a stunning amalgamation of influences, referencing Opeth's structural diversity, as well as the expected Gothenburg thrash influences. Canadian metal guru Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Physicist) mans the boards and lends his synth-heavy, polished, yet very effective signature touch to the production and mixing. While it could be argued that many random elements come together on this recording to make it stronger than it would be under different circumstances, the group's shift away from more generic influences and into brave new territory is commendable, and their established fan base should have little trouble adjusting to such a clear improvement in songwriting. This is recommended. (Solid State)