Dec 152022

The “classic” Becoming the Archetype lineup of Jason Wisdom, Seth Hecox, and Brent “Duck” Duckett return after more than 10 years apart to deliver a heavy progressive death metal album filled not only with everything one would expect but also a few surprises.

Ever since their debut album, Terminate Damnation, in 2005, Becoming the Archetype have maintained and expanded their base of followers who have appreciate their unique blend of technical, progressive, and death metal. The Physics of Fire followed in 2007 and Dichotomy in 2008 where Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) produced and guested as well as Ryan Clark of Demon Hunter. Over the years, the band toured with the likes of Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, Zao, the Chariot and others solidifying their audience. In 2011, the band partnered with producer Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot) for the experimental Celestial Completion which even featured a ska –like trombone part in one track. That album saw the departure of founding members Brent “Duck” Duckett and Jason Wisdom until a reunion in 2020 when the band began writing Children of the Great Extinction which eventually was produced by Nate Washburn (My Epic) and saw guest appearances by former guitarists Daniel Gailey (Phineas, Fit for a King) and Alex Kenis (Alethian) providing solos on “The Lost Colony” and “The Calling”, respectively.

The album opens up with “The Dead World” and has multiple guitars layered into a central riff that builds and eventually ends with Jason Wisdom’s shouted vocals coming in and the verse section taking off. Drummer Brent “Duck” Duckett gets a bit of a speed workout for much of the song alternating with the slower chorus sections and combined with Seth Hecox guitar, keyboard elements and clean vocals, the song itself fits well within the BTA catalog. I especially like the ending with the somewhat strangled guitar in the outro.

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Nov 032022

Lancaster, PA-based metalcore veterans August Burns Red have set a March 24th release date for their tenth studio album “Death Below“. That effort will feature numerous guests, including Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, All That Remains guitarist Jason Richardson, ERRA frontman J.T. Cavey and Underoath singer Spencer Chamberlain.

Regarding the new album, lead guitarist J.B. Brubaker said:

“It’s no secret that the past few years have been extremely dark and challenging. Death Below is here as a result of that time in each our lives and the emotions that came with it. We were motivated by uncertainty, fear, outrage, and triumph. I feel this is the darkest, most personal album we’ve ever written, and I couldnt be more proud of what the five of us made together.”

They’ve also revealed the album’s first song, ‘Ancestry,’ which features Leach contributing vocals.

And on ‘Ancestry,’ he commented:

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Jun 292022

Technical death metal band Becoming The Archetype have announced their return from hiatus. To that end their first studio album since 2012’s I Am has just been announced for an August 26th release. Solid State Records will be issuing that effort, which the band have christened “Children Of The Great Extinction“.

A first single from it, ‘The Lost Colony’ has been shared online in advance. Check out the music video below.

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May 062022

Opponent is a metal band from Seattle, WA fronted by vocalist, guitarist, & videographer Andy Maier

They have joined the Solid State Records family. Check out the video for their new single ‘Betrayed’ below.

Lighting Director: James McKenna / R90 Lighting
Director of Photography: Zac Schwiet

Stream ‘Betrayed’ wherever you get your music —

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Jun 262021

Solid State Records have signed Michigan-based metalcore band Spirit Breaker. An August 13th release date has been set for the band’s new album “Cura Nata” with the previously released first single ‘Pure Fury & Wonder’ streaming below.

A press release said of the album:
”Cura Nata‘ delves deep into the underbelly of human emotion. Intricate sounds meet booming riffs, resulting in the band’s heaviest, lengthiest, and most experimental project to date. By highlighting personal and relatable struggles with truth and grit, the project matches sincerity with gloom, illuminating an imaginative group of storytellers bent on relating to one another. Remaining consistent in their agenda, Spirit Breaker is and will always be a band whose music tells the truth.’

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