Feb 152011

That eye-catching piece of art above is the cover for Celestial Completion, the next album by Atlanta’s Becoming the Archetype. The original painting was done by Dan Seagrave with art direction from Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature (if that name sounds familiar, that’s the same Ryan Clark who’s the frontman for Demon Hunter). Looks like, when the rapture comes, there will be some interruptions in shipping traffic.

We thought this band’s 2008 album, Dichotomy, was an interesting dish of progressive death metal. The new single they released in 2009 — “Necrotizing Fasciitis” — in addition to being an inventively named piece of music with an unusual metaphor at the core of its lyrics, was a promise of even more interesting things to come. It turned the brutality dial up more than a few notches and jettisoned most of the prog influences, but still included some nice tech-death flourishes.

Now, as a teaser for the next album, the band have released a single for streaming. It sounds almost nothing like “Necrotizing Fasciitis”, but it’s growing on us. And it’s just the first of three teasers we’ve stapled together in this post.

For our second one, we’ve got a mix of the music from the next release by Finland’s awesome Moonsorrow, and to finish off the post, there’s a clip from the forthcoming DVD by Cannibal Corpse. Hey, you can’t say we don’t bend over backwards to bring you variety in metal. (all this stuff is after the jump . . .)


Members of Becoming the Archetype have been quoted as saying that Celestial Completion will be “uncompromisingly metal” and yet will feature “a great juxtaposition between heavy music and world music”, including one track featuring the sitar, tambura, and Tablas and another that includes a trombone in the “ska section” of a song, not to mention a Danny Elfman intro to a third song, “complete with operatic soprano vocals and four-part harmony.”

But for the band’s first single from the new album, it appears they kept the crazier shit in the closet and selected something a bit more accessible. “Magnetic Sky” features thick, chunky riffs, high-ranging clean singing coupled with death-metal howling, frenetically quirky lead guitar phrases and staccato rhythm notes, and a catchy melody. It reminded us, at least initially, of Mastodon with a bigger dose of tech-metal infusion.

Here’s your BTA teaser; “Here at the end of the world / Planets fall and we are rising / Soul and sky are magnetizing / Here at the end of the world”

Celestial Completion will be released March 29 on Solid State Records.


All three of us who started this site are devoted fans of this Finnish collective. They just do not disappoint. But we’re not quite sure how to brand the music. Pagan metal? Atmospheric black metal? Viking metal? Epic heathen blackened folkish metal? Wintry cinematic warrior metal? Regardless of what genre label best suits, the band’s music strikes a righteous chord in our fragile heads.

We are now anticipating the release of a new Moonsorrow album titled Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa (“As Shadows We Wander In The Land Of The Dead”). It will be more than one hour in length, with four long songs (ranging from almost 12 minutes to more than 16) separated by three short interludes.

All we have for you today is a teaser track that combines samples from some of the songs. It’s just an appetizer, and of course it’s somewhat frustrating to hear, because we really wanted more, but it sounds so awesome that we just had to share it.

Spineform Records will release the new album on February 23 in Finland, on March 21 in the U.K., and on some other day in the U.S., whenever we prove ourselves worthy. Pre-order information can be found here.


Cannibal Corpse doesn’t really need an introduction, do they? Of course not. So, we’ll just get right to the meat.

The band will be releasing yet another DVD (their fourth) on March 15 via Metal Blade Records. It will be called Global Evisceration. Of course it will. It will contain approximately three hours of material. The main program will include full performances from two live shows — one at the Gothic Theater in Englewood, Colorado on May 3, 2010 and the other filmed at Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 8, 2010.

The DVD will also include bonus performances and behind-the-scenes footage covering the band’s tours in support of the Evisceration Plague album. And of course we can’t neglect the DVD’s artwork, by the demented Vince Locke.

Now, here’s our final teaser, which is a just-released video clip for the DVD. It’s way too short, but it does have the benefit of including a killer segment from a killer song. You’ll see what we mean.


To be brutally honest, we really don’t like teasers. They’ve got the same drawbacks as they did on the backseat of a car in high school. You should be thankful we only inflicted two of them on you (because at least BTA gave us a full song). I guess that makes us a teaser, too. So, go now and do whatever it is you do when you’ve been teased.


  1. “Magnetic Sky” is veeeery post-Extol.

    Hence I love it. But then again I love BTA anyway and will be doing a Synn report on their past albums, coupled with a review of the new one, ASAP!

    • Awesome. They will certainly make good fodder for a retrospective, since, like Extol, they certainly haven’t stood still musically. I really wonder what this new album has in store, given the descriptions the band has been offering. It doesn’t sound like “Magnetic Sky” is going to be representative, but maybe no one song will be.

  2. That BtA song was pretty good. Going to be something to keep an eye on…

  3. Congrats on being the first metal blog site to make mention of the new BtA song. Dichotomy was pretty close to perfection IMO — Devin Townsend just knows how to elevate bands to the next level (Soilwork’s Natural Born Chaos, Darkest Hour’s Undoing Ruin)…it’s just a pity he didn’t work with them again, but the new song is rather solid.

    • Wow, I completely forgot DT had produced Dichotomy, and I think he provided a guest vocal on one of the songs, too. This new one was produced by Matt Goldman, who’s also in Atlanta and has produced most of the albums by Underoath and The Chariot, among others — not bands who are favorites of mine, but like I said in the post, this new song has grown on me, and I’m very curious to hear what they do on the rest of the album.

      • He did indeed, on the track “Mountain Of Souls”.

        And he provided a guest solo on the Darkest Hour track “Full Imperial Collapse” and guest vocals on the Soilwork song “Black Star Deceiver”.

  4. I haven’t seen a track list for the CC live DVD yet, but I really hope it’s not like so many other live DVDs where they have two identical live shows at two different venues. Especially with a band that’s as experienced as CC is, chances are “Hammer Smashed Face” will sound identical both nights, if you know you’re filming for a live DVD mix it up a bit and provide a wider variety of songs. Yes this is looking at you Dark Funeral and Marduk

    • Does the Marduk live DVD have a pretty limited variety of tracks then?

      I only have the VHS box of Blackcrowned so have yet to experience the visual magic.

      The Behemoth dvd has a nice variety of songs on the two live sets.

      • Yeah the Marduk DVD is called “Blood Puke Salvation” I found it in a music store that was going out of business heavily discounted so I was ok with it, but the second show which is only seven songs, six of them overlap. Dark Funeral is quote more egregious, not only does the first DVD feature three almost identical sets, but then they release “part 2” of the DVD set which features .. you guessed it the exact same set two more times, but now filmed in South America as opposed to Europe, really? Do I need five copies of the same songs?

        I’ve heard good things about the Behemoth DVD, I need to pick that up.

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