fter raising eyebrows and blowing minds with their brutally inventive 2011 tour de force Celestial Completion, Atlanta, Georgia metallurgists BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE are prolonging the magic with the release of a digital-only remix EP, Celestial Progression, out April 17 on Solid State Records.
Crafted by Nashville electronica collective Born of Water and Chicago producer Giant Robot (who also contributed sitar to Celestial Completion), the six-song EP finds BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE once again defying expectations and stretching the boundaries of metal music with a challenging and rewarding set of remixes that range from adrenaline-pumping to industrial to atmospheric.
Listen to ‘Breathing Liquid (Born of Water Remix)’
“I’ve been a fan of good remixes of heavy music for a long time,” says BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE guitarist Seth Hecox. “The great thing is that I told these guys to make the songs their own thing, and that’s exactly what they did. Each remix sounds like its own song and each remix is very exciting to listen to, bringing out a different emotion.”
“I’ve fallen in love with these six tracks and I know everyone who buys this album will too,” Hecox adds. “Any fan of Celestial Completion is going to be blown away and adore what these remixes bring out of their originals.”
With their fourth full-length album, 2011’s Celestial Completion, BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE took wildly ferocious metal and pushed it to its breaking point. There are horns. There is Middle Eastern sitar. There is a choir of sopranos. There are haunting piano dirges. Safe, paint-by-numbers metal it was not. Highwire Daze called the album “nothing short of a masterpiece, while Metal Hammer praised the band’s “massive songs, massive ideas and a massive array of instruments,” while calling BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE “the cleverest band ever to use death metal as a reference point and add a brass section.”