Becoming The Archetype - The Physics Of Fire

Published Friday 20th July 2007
Becoming The Archetype - The Physics Of Fire
Becoming The Archetype - The Physics Of Fire

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23310-12781
LABEL: Solid State TND84322
RELEASE DATE: 2007-05-04
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Jeremy Williams

Christian death metal has always been slightly controversial - should Christians be involved in something that so purposefully sets out to be dark? Or, on the other hand, does the light of Christ shine even brighter? Atlanta-based Becoming The Archetype belong in the second camp, out to prove there's no genre of music that can't be redeemed. And they don't pull any punches either. Their second album is raw, blistering and as heavy as it comes, machine-gun drums and screamed thrash vocals about fire, being on fire, lakes of fire and other fire-related themes. It is essentially a concept album about Hell, and it largely works although some of the melodramatic instrumental breaks are a little pretentious. Becoming The Archetype have added a technically brilliant guitarist in Alex Kenis since their debut album, but it's his melodic vocals that make the biggest difference to the line-up, allowing for sudden unexpected harmonies or vocal interludes. Progressive Christian death metal? Long may it continue.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Eric Reno in Canada @ 05:34 on Apr 26 2017

I know this is 10 years too late, but I just got into this album again and felt like I should expand on the lyrics. I'm thinking that the "fire" in the lyrics are representative of Jesus; and the ice (which is encasing souls) is sin, which has trapped us. The Balance of Eternity talks about how at the presence of fire the people in the ice begin screaming, and the fire is used to free those that accept it. And in the song Second Death we see how the 'narrator', if we shall call it that, tried to make his own fire but it always burnt out. Whereas this great fire than had fallen does not. Those are just my thoughts. 10 years after the fact. Lol.

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