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Terminate Damnation - Becoming the Archetype

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Becoming the Archetype / Enhanced / Audio CD released at Solid State

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      13.02.2008 23:35
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      Becoming the Archetype's first album (2005).

      Becoming the Archetype are a progressive metalcore band combining very obvious influences from the worlds of metalcore and melodic death metal but still ending up with an interesting and characteristic sound of their own, for this first album at least. The progressive elements aren't so much representative of this band innovating beyond their metalcore base, but rather an attempt to basically imitate what Opeth are doing in a metalcore fashion, something already achieved with aplomb by Disillusion in their classic 'Back to Times of Splendor,' but reasonably reproduced here in songs like the eleven-minute 'Elegy' and 'The Epigone,' retaining the acoustic style for the Latin interludes 'Night's Sorrow' and 'Denouement' that fit in well but don't exactly impress, such acoustic touches having been an almost essential part of melodic death metal since In Flames and Dark Tranquillity's 1995 albums.

      This is highly proficient metalcore/melodic death that falls for a few of the pitfalls, such as the tendency for breakdowns rather than decent riff sections and a reliance on screaming vocals when some songs demonstrate all too fleetingly that a nice, thoughtful growl will do just as well, and the drums follow the same pattern of relentless double bass pummelling seemingly practiced by all bands without a particularly inventive drummer, but the structural progression in songs like 'March of the Dead' from a fast opening through an acoustic section into a slower, heavier finale makes this infinitely more appealing than the typical metalcore bands concerned with aggression over musical talent.

      Perhaps it's all a part of the band's Christian message, something communicated a little too explicitly in some of the lyrics but nonetheless refreshing after all the talk of Satan, though to be honest I've always found the Devil to be the more entertaining fictional character.

      1. March of the Dead
      2. Into Oblivion
      3. One Man Parade
      4. Elegy
      5. Night's Sorrow
      6. The Epigone
      7. Beyond Adaptation
      8. No Fall Too Far
      9. Ex Nihilo
      10. Denouement
      11. The Trivial Paroxysm

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 March of the Dead [Instrumental]
    2 Into Oblivion
    3 One Man Parade
    4 Elegy: Deception/Lament /Triumph
    5 Night's Sorrow [Instrumental]
    6 Epigone
    7 Beyond Adaptation
    8 No Fall Too Far
    9 Ex Nihilo
    10 Denouement [Instrumental]
    11 Trivial Paroxysm