BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE SHARE “THE REMNANT” VIDEO — WATCH
CHILDREN OF THE GREAT EXTINCTION OUT AUGUST 26 VIA SOLID STATE RECORDS
JASON WISDOM IS BACK ON VOCALS!
BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE recently announced their first album in since 2012’s I AM. The band will release Children of the Great Extinction on Solid State Records on August 26. Pre-order it here.
Not only is the band returning from an extended hiatus but Jason Wisdom also returns to the vocal helm.
BtA’s return to action was heralded by Knotfest, Revolver, and beyond.
“‘The Remnant’ is a very important track for me as a lynchpin of the story on this album,” explains Wisdom. “Not only is it one of the heaviest and grooviest songs on the record, but it was the first lyrical piece I wrote for the album and launched the whole idea for the concept. It also bears the original name of the band —we were called ‘The Remnant’ before we changed it to Becoming the Archetype. So the song is symbolically a way of tying everything back together with the whole history of the band.”
10 years since their last release, Becoming the Archetype will issue their sixth full-length offering, Children of the Great Extinction with a core lineup comprised of the aforementioned Wisdom [vocals/bass], Seth Hecox [guitar/keyboard/vocals], and Brent “Duck” Duckett [drums].
The album is a cinematic trip bolstered by soaring clean vocals, technically proficient instrumentation, and a fascinating sci-fi concept.
“Thematically, it reflects the reality of our current humanitarian situation,” shares Hecox. “Existential dread pervades our existence. People have experience with real monsters in addition to facing our own mortality. These things are evident not only in metal culture, but greater culture as well. We touch upon all of this as well as the possibility of redemption and salvation from those terrors.”
In 2005, Becoming the Archetype arrived with Terminate Damnation — a hybrid of tech, death, and progressive metal underpinned by deep themes. They further captivated fans with The Physics of Fire in 2007. For Dichotomy a year later, they teamed up with the legendary Devin Townsend [Strapping Young Lad] behind-the-board as producer and served up anthems like the title track featuring Ryan Clark of Demon Hunter. Along the way, they packed shows touring with legendary bands like Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, Demon Hunter, Zao, The Chariot, and more. In 2011, the band partnered with producer Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot) to unleash their most progressive album, Celestial Completion — the last album to feature Jason and “Duck”—until now. The members always remained close, but 2020 saw them reunite to begin crafting new material what would become Children of The Great Extinction with producer Nate Washburn (My Epic) in Atlanta.
According to Jason Wisdom, “This new album isn’t just about making more music, but about re-capturing the original artistic spirit of the band. Children of the Great Extinction is not just another BtA album. It is a fully realized vision of Becoming the Archetype that we’ve always wanted to put forth.”
Wisdom sums it up best, saying, “When you hear it, I hope you think, ‘Becoming the Archetype is back!'”
CHILDREN OF THE GREAT EXTINCTION TRACK LISTING:
“The Dead World”
“The Lost Colony“
“The Phantom Field”
“The Ruins” (Feat. Ryan Clark)