Celestial Completion review by Becoming the Archetype

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  • Released: Mar 29, 2011
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 7.3 (26 votes)
Becoming the Archetype: Celestial Completion
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Sound — 8
Fans of Becoming The Archetype will not be disappointed by the fourth and latest entry in their catalogue, Celestial Completion. The band harnesses its progressive death metal/deathcore sound in full effect on this album but still manages to throw in a healthy amount of individual artistic flavor. The guitar recording was laid out by recent addition Daniel Gailey and guitarist/keyboardist/clean vocalist "Count" Seth Hecox. The drum beats are courtesy Brent Duckett. Jason Wisdom rounds out the group with his bass-work and growling vocal style. Track Listing: 01. The Resonant Frequency of Human Flesh - The oddly named intro track starts with a mysterious soundtrack composure. It gives way to an operatic arrangement of voices, shortly followed by crunching guitar and drums. Good synthesizer work, good mood-setter for the album. 02. The Magnetic Sky - Pinch harmonic laiden riffing abounds. Lots of quick chugging and short high runs on the guitar. Spoken word interlude at 2:25 after some soaring guitars. Breakdown at 3:43. Good clean vocals. 03. Internal Illumination - Heavy from the very beginning. Good use of guitar dropout to isolate the drums and stop-and-go instrumentation. Refreshing to hear the bass guitar go up with the guitars on some of the high parts (2:04). Awesome breakdown at 2:35. Good low growls mixed in. Very heavy ending (The Chariot-like). 04. Path of the Beam - pretty straightforward for these guys. Some spacey effects and clean vocals about a minute in. A lot of riffing to something that could be heard in a For Today song. Powerful vocals at 3:26. Breakdown at 3:50 and a blistering solo at 4:13. 05. Music of the Spheres: Requiem Aeternam I - A hauntingly beautiful and ominous piano interlude. The first of a 3 part song/epic. Driven by an eerie piano and some gentle woodwinds with a touch of static here and there. 06. Elemental Wrath: Requiem Aeternam II - A simple but awesome intro, great build to what is essentially is a crushingly powerful. Heavy riffing mixed with bells and sitar. Cool use of vocoder at 1:23. Blindingly fast solo at 2:19. Quiet instrumental at 4:07. Instruments gradually work their way back in with some good lead guitar work. Gives way to subtle piano work and noise. Builds back up to a heavy march around 6:30. Easily one of my favorites. 07. Xenosynthesis: Requiem Aeternam III - tremolo fast riffing and drums accompanied by a chorus of sopranos make this song very haunting. Blistering pace throughout the whole song. At 2:05 a soprano-only interlude is quite unsettling. 08. Invisible Creature - A short but interesting interlude of traditional Indian music that acts as the intro for the next song, but is good in its own right. 09. Cardiac Rebellion - Guitars join the instrumentation from the previous song followed by some clenched teeth spoken parts, then give way to some classic BTA music. Gang vocals at 1:25. Brass accompaniment at 2:06. After a quiet interlude at 3:00, the song goes into ska territory. Most interesting outro I have heard in a long time. 10. Reflect/Refract - Fairly straightforward riffing and drumwork. Beautiful clean interlude at 1:59. Good harmonized guitar solo at 3:00. Breakdown outro. 11. Breathing Light - Delay guitar intro with good clean backing vocals. Lots of heavy riffing, but with a sort of bright inflection. Use of shakers and gang vocals at 3:12. More harmonized guitar work at 3:58. Be warned that this album makes a lot more progressive moves than fans of this band might already be used to, but if you are one with a broad tastes in music, you should hopefully be pleased with the interesting choices of instrumentation. The only criticism is that there are a good handful of places on this album where the riffs they write end up sounding a lot like For Today or any of their other metalcore contemporaries.

Lyrics — 7
As a Christian bands, these guys like to stand up for their beliefs, but their reflect a more subtle, poetic approach at achieving this. The best description I can give the lyrics is that they have a sort of powerful, mystical sort of feel to them. Elemental Wrath depicts this well with lines like "Moving up through time and space, sun and sky reveal their face. A shock runs through the atmosphere, the wrath of air awakens here". The lyrics are also ripe with allusions to the power of nature. They range from very deep to average, but they are better than many of their contemporaries in my opinion. The vocals are an excellent complement to the music on this album. Wisdom's many growls carry some real weight to them and you can feel that at times. The clean vocals could be a little tighter, but are interesting where used. Use of effects like the vocoder make for some interesting vocal boosts as well.

Overall Impression — 8
It is hard to compare this to other albums/artists because they did so much experimentation with this album. The straight deathcore parts are similar to all of the popular bands in the genre, but the progressive elements remind me of a watered down version of Between The Buried and Me. Having said that, I would say that I would recommend this album for anyone who likes the experimental aspect of bands like BTBAM because you will find that in droves on this album. It could be seen as risky, but I found it to be an utter success because it really satisfied a lot of different areas of my music palate. I recommend the songs Cardiac Rebellion, Elemental Wrath, and Internal Illumination. I would definitely buy this again because of all of the metalcore/deathcore releases that have been out this year already, I find this to be one of the most artistically refreshing. I will be spinning this in my stereo for a good while.

17 comments sorted by best / new / date

    iancmtaylor
    I got into BTA from their first album Terminate Damnation. It was the first album I'd listened to with growling vocals and I loved it. So far their other two albums haven't been nearly as 'metally' in my opinion. And ya, this is a pile of shit too. As for Celestial Completion- all of the guitar parts are paced to a doom metal slowness, the backing growls suck ass, blah blah blah... Its jut as trashy as their last three albums, only slower.
    EpiExplorer
    Disturbdkornkid wrote: EpiExplorer wrote: If you have ever heard of Hacride, you'd know they rip the shit out of this band. Not because BTA are apparently deathcore, its just because they're not very good. The vocals are actually alright though, but everything else is so slooow and takes forever to do anything other than syncopate and the same repeated melody is just incorparated into different riffs. Elemental wrath is a funny song though.. Also, the first song sounds like the start to a Disney movie. Think I'll still check this out. Even if hey aren't as good as Hacride, I don't think that's saying much because imo Hacride is the best progressive death metal band.
    Thats mainly why I used Hacride as a reference, because BTA is Hacride without any speed or momentum or actual experimentation. Its mustly just riffs, riffs, riffs, chug chug, random folk interlude, synths and riffs, and 100 bpm.
    Disturbdkornkid
    EpiExplorer wrote: If you have ever heard of Hacride, you'd know they rip the shit out of this band. Not because BTA are apparently deathcore, its just because they're not very good. The vocals are actually alright though, but everything else is so slooow and takes forever to do anything other than syncopate and the same repeated melody is just incorparated into different riffs. Elemental wrath is a funny song though.. Also, the first song sounds like the start to a Disney movie.
    Think I'll still check this out. Even if hey aren't as good as Hacride, I don't think that's saying much because imo Hacride is the best progressive death metal band.
    Jon777
    Dichotomy was better, but I wouldn't call this a terrible album. It has its moments... (the ska section on Cardiac Rebellion, for example, was fu cking awesome).
    millarso
    krvolok wrote: millarso wrote: Would you rather me write a poem about each one? I went into detail where it required it. Oh,epic.+1,"this" and every other approval gesture.
    I honestly can't tell if that is sarcasm or not... *sigh*
    krvolok
    millarso wrote: Would you rather me write a poem about each one? I went into detail where it required it.
    Oh,epic.+1,"this" and every other approval gesture.
    millarso
    Lion_Slicer wrote: People need to stop writing "reviews" that are just bland descriptions of the individual tracks. How is "Quiet instrumental at 47" supposed to pique my interest? It's like calling a plot synopsis of a movie a review.
    Would you rather me write a poem about each one? I went into detail where it required it. I was merely laying out a track for people to follow if they are into quiet interludes in a metal song, or if they are looking for a breakdown or a guitar solo. I am highliting where the interesting parts in the song are without completely giving them away.
    DistantUtopia
    it's definitely a step away from dichotomy, which was a work of art. immediately, as a fan of BTA, I felt they had gone away from what had made their songs great before. However, the more I listen to it, the more I've come to like the uniqueness of this album, particularly the progressive parts. Interesting overall.
    SchecterC-1+Man
    Well, awesome song titles, I'll give 'em that. Never really been much of a fan, but I'll check this out.
    Amuro Jay
    I liked a few songs off of their last album but I'm not fully convinced yet to check this one out.
    theoldwizard
    BTA's last album was great and not boring in the least. I haven't picked up this one yet, but I can't wait to hear it.
    SchecterC-1+Man
    Agreed with Epi, for the most part. I want to like this, but it's just so damn boring, IMO. Even though I don't really like Hacride too much either, they're definitely a bit better than BTA.
    EpiExplorer
    If you have ever heard of Hacride, you'd know they rip the shit out of this band. Not because BTA are apparently deathcore, its just because they're not very good. The vocals are actually alright though, but everything else is so slooow and takes forever to do anything other than syncopate and the same repeated melody is just incorparated into different riffs. Elemental wrath is a funny song though.. Also, the first song sounds like the start to a Disney movie.
    Lion_Slicer
    People need to stop writing "reviews" that are just bland descriptions of the individual tracks. How is "Quiet instrumental at 47" supposed to pique my interest? It's like calling a plot synopsis of a movie a review.