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By Hot Sauce on November 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Becoming the Archetype was a band that I had to 'get into'. I first purchased Terminate Damnation due to word of mouth and wasn't too impressed on the first spin. It took awhile to grow on me as most really worth while bands tend to do, but when I finally 'got it', I couldn't stop listening! The musical spirit filled adventure this band takes you on is like no other!

The Physics of Fire is no different, but I am not writing a review for that record. Dichotomy, There are no words that can do this record justice... or at least just mine. From the first second to the last this record will pull you in and leave you begging for more, as a matter of fact I really do want more, this record only has 10 tracks and one of which is a short acoustic instrumental. If only they could have included two or three more tracks I would truly be satisfied.

One last thing:
I am one that does not pay attention to lyrics whatsoever, but the lyrics on this record are faith based, truly heart felt and inspirational. I am a Christian but have never felt this way through gospel music (BORING!), or any other type of christian music, but the lyrics on this record have truly moved me.
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This is a CD that I keep coming back to. It has a very mature, theatrical sound. The vocals really hit hard with a deep guttural strength, as well as the lyrics having the balance between being uplifting and yet painful in their honesty. I love track 6's haunting harpsichord intro, and track 9's synth-pop sound turned booming growl. The bass is deep and the guitars artistic. This is a new, honed style from a band that just keeps getting better.
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I was a fan of BTA's first album. I loved the progressive elements brought in to the metal mix. I didn't buy "Physics of Fire" because I saw the songs were shorter and thought the progressive stuff was history. I will have to re-examine it after getting "Dichotomy." I really got this one just because the vocalist screams sooooo good on it. And I was surprised to see that the progressive elements are still there within a concise 3-5 minute song format. These guys really are GREAT song writers. And the lyrics are good too. And "How Great Thou Art" is tons better like this than the sappy hymn version we have in our hymn books that we have to sing at everyone's funeral. Great lyrics, Great vocals, Great song writing, heavy as can be, Great musicianship all around.

On another note, the artwork seems to be a shout-out to C.S. Lewis' book "That Hideous Strength" in which artificial imortality is acheived by taking a guy's head and hooking it up to a bunch of wires and making it come alive. That's not the whole point, but it's been a long time since I read it. But perhaps that is why the band thanks Lewis and Ransom (a character from the novel) in the liner notes. If you like C.S. Lewis, you should definitely try his "Space Triology" and see how it fits with this album.
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I'm old. Like as old as a lot of the reviewers' fathers, and I love this band. I listened to the black/death metal equivalents in the 80s and 90s and then it turned... screamo nu-metal which was disappointing. This band is amazing. Their technical ability as musicians has really blown my mind.

I decided to get Physics of Fire which I would describe as an artsy-fartsy metal project. Dichotomy is my favorite album by this band, but their technical abilities were confirmed when I listened to Physics of Fire (i.e., not just some fluke or getting really lucky with production on the album). I think Dichotomy is tighter... more finished-sounding. In reference to the other reviewers, the drumming here may be what makes the album sound tighter.
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Dichotomy blew me away. BTA has definitely set the bar at a new level with this album. I had a hard time getting into their last album, but I eventually fell in love with it. However, I immediately fell in love with Dichotomy. I can't get enough. I find riffs from the album running through my head throughout the day. Becoming the Archetype's 'Dichotomy' is definitely one of my top albums of this year.
The guitars are crushing: great catchy riffs, heavy tone, awesome solos. There are also some really cool keyboard elements on the album adding depth to BTA's blend of metal. I think the vocals are better on this album than the last also. I would recommend this one to anyone. To check out some tracks, visit the bands myspace.
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This is one of the best metal albums that I've ever heard. Becoming the Archetype puts so much polar diversity on the CD that it defies the imagination. It's menacing. It's beautiful. It's bone-crushing. It's delicate. It's dissonant. It's melodic. It's frenzied. It's calm. These guys are often called progressive, and with good reason. They are not just throwing in piano parts and soft female vocals because they think it's the hip thing to do. They know what they are doing, and they do it very well. They are progressive metal masters, and there is design and intention behind all of it.

Right off the bat, your face is assaulted with layers of melody, brutality, and crunch with Mountain of Souls, the title track, and Artificial Immortality, the latter of which would make In Flames very proud. As the album progresses toward to mid-section, melody is dispensed with a bit, and the crushing death metal dominates; the exception being the beautiful classical guitar interlude "St. Anne's Lullaby." Having been satisfied with the face-pummeling you have just been dealt, when the obligatory acoustic intro to track 8, "How Great Thou Art", begins (and it is tastefully and beautifully done), the return of more melodic riffing is well-timed and welcome. If you've ever had any doubts that an old Christian hymn could be converted into an incredible metal song, or if it never occurred to you that someone might do it, doubt no more.

Time prevents me from getting into all the wonders of the final two tracks, "Deep Heaven" and "End of the Age", but suffice it to say they are epic in scope and masterfully composed, maybe the finest moments of the album.
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