There are a lot of things one must understand about BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE in order to fully appreciate their music, and all of them can learned from the band’s mascot: Clifton the Beardskull.
One, the Atlanta, GA quartet are metal through and through. Two, BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE take their music very seriously, but maintain a sense of humor. And three, they’re not afraid to challenge listeners with new and complex ideas. (Example, how did that skull grow a beard? The world may never know.)
The only thing that can drive home those points better than Clifton the Beardskull is BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE’s latest LP, Celestial Completion – a wildly ferocious, relentlessly creative and breathtakingly risky album that will redefine the band for fans, skeptics and critics alike. Like BTA, it, too, is uncompromisingly metal, it shows a sense of playfulness and it pushes the limits of heavy music to the very breaking point. There are horns. There is Middle Eastern sitar. There is a choir of sopranos. Needless
to say, paint-by-numbers metal this is not. But one bone-crushingly heavy, imaginative tour de force it certainly is.
“BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE has championed a great juxtaposition between heavy music and world music on Celestial Completion,” explains guitarist, pianist and vocalist Count Seth. “Complete with BTA-patent keyboards, epic riffs and Jason Wisdom's incredible lead vocals, all the elements of great music are firing on all cylinders.”
It’s difficult to determine which is BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE’s greater feat – championing the collision of blistering metal riffage and Indian tablas, or doing so without it sounding pretentious. For BTA, it was simply a matter of operating the way they always do: openly and honestly, with an ever-present sense of adventure.
“We love to make music that is not only aggressive, but is also beautiful and thought-provoking. There's not much to listen to right now that expands the sound in metal. We had the desire and the ability and the resources to make that happen,” Count Seth explains. “We shot for the stars and struck gold!”
When it comes to shooting for the stars, Celestial Completion is unparallelled. Lyrically, the album addresses the apocalypse as a moment of promise, the beginning of a journey to the heavens that completes the spiritual journey begun on Earth. Musically, it extends the ferociously creative path BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE have forged in the course of their three previous albums for Solid State Records. Epitomizing Celestial Completion’s sonic adventure is the “Requiem Aeternum” trilogy sandwiched in the middle of the album, a three-part concept that ranges from an aching piano interlude to an 8-minute epic rock song that
features vocoder vocals, savage riffages and a touch of jazz to a brutally aggressive mass of metal highlighted by church organ and operatic vocals.
Making an enormous impact on the record alongside Count Seth, Wisdom and drummer Duck are newly recruited 22-year-old guitarist Daniel Gailey (whom Seth describes as “an injection of nitro”) and producer Matt Goldman (UNDER0ATH, THE CHARIOT, ANBERLIN), who helped to bring BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE’s grand ambitions to life. And those ambitions don’t stop with the writing and recording of an amazing album. They extend to the listening experience, and to the listeners themselves.
“We hope people connect with the songs on Celestial Completion on a deeply emotional and spiritual level,” Count Seth says. “We want the guy or girl buying the CD to take it home and listen to it and connect in a way that helps define who they are and how they view the universe. We want people to feel excitement about what the world may hold for them and what they're capable of. We want people to experience hope.”
With Celestial Completion, BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE are proving once again that they’re not afraid to shoot for the stars. And with the help of their rabid fan base, they’ll capture those stars once and for all.