Becoming the Archetype

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Becoming the Archetype
Becoming the archetype.jpg
The line up at the time of Celestial Completion
Background information
OriginAtlanta, Georgia
GenresTechnical death metal, metalcore, progressive metal, deathcore[1]
Years active1999–2013 (indefinite hiatus)[2]
LabelsSolid State, Century Media
Associated actsAletheian, Thaddeus, Pneuma, '68, Solamors, Phinehas, The Overseer, Death Therapy
WebsiteOfficial Website
MembersChris McCane
Daniel Gailey
Seth Hecox
Codey Watkins
Chris Heaton
Past membersJon Star
Sean Cunningham
Wes Gaither
Jacob Franklin
Alex Kenis
Brandon Lopez
Jason Wisdom
Brent "Duck" Duckett
Michael McClellan

Becoming the Archetype is an American Christian metal band formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999. They have released five albums on Solid State Records. Dichotomy, released in November 2008, sold around 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The CD debuted at No. 18 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the top 100 of the Billboard 200.[3] The band is part of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.[4]

As of late 2011, the last remaining original (of The Remnant and Nonexistent Failure, as Seth Hecox is an original member of Becoming the Archetype), founding members of the band, bassist/lead vocalist Jason Wisdom guitarist Sean Cunningham and Jon Star, and drummer Brent Duckett have left.


Origin, Name Changes and The Remnant (1999-2004)[edit]

The band formed in 1999 with two vocalists, including Jason Wisdom, Guitarists Jon Star and Sean Cunningham, Bassist Wes Gaither, and Drummer Brent "Duck" Duckett under the moniker Nonexistent Failure.

The band's second Vocalist left the band before they recorded a demo. The band recorded their first demo in 2001, before joining Solid State Records, the band changed their name to The Remnant and released an independent self-titled album.

The band was approached by the members of Demon Hunter at Cornerstone Festival in 2004, who told the band to change their name, as there was punk band named The Remnants.

The band changed to Becoming the Archetype. Wisdom claims that he came up with the name.

Terminate Damnation (2004–2006)[edit]

In December 2004, the band signed with Solid State and released their first nationwide album, Terminate Damnation, named after a song by Christian death metal band Mortification, mixed by Tue Madsen. The album blended elements of progressive metal, death metal and metalcore.[5]

In 2006, the band's longtime lead guitarist, and one of the primary songwriters Jon Star decided to leave the band for personal reasons, but on good terms.

Terminate Damnation is being released on vinyl by Broken Circle Records with a limited pressing of 500 in early May.[6]

The Physics of Fire (2006–2008)[edit]

The band's first tour of 2006 was a 24-date run in Europe with The Chariot and Shaped by Fate with lead guitar replacement, Alex Kenis from progressive death metal group, Aletheian. In July 2006, original guitarist Sean Cunningham left the band for his last semester in college and to pursue a full-time career. Determined to press on, in the fall of 2006, the band went back into the studio with producer Andreas Magnusson (The Agony Scene, Scarlet, The Black Dahlia Murder, Calico System, Twelve Tribes); The Physics of Fire, was released May 2007. The band promoted the album on "The Trilogy of Hairs" (Bring Your Own Beard, Peel Your Wig Back, Born With a Mustache) tour. The bearded skull artwork for the Bring Your Own Beard has been dubbed "Clifton", named after Aletheian/Solamors drummer Clifton Travis Turner,[7] and is BTA's mascot, according to Jason Wisdom. Also, Brent Duckett took an indefinite break from the band in late 2007 for personal reasons.

Dichotomy (2008–2010)[edit]

In 2008, there were some important personnel changes. Alex Kenis left and was replaced by the band's former lead guitarist, Jon Star. In the spring of 2008 The band wrote the material for its 3rd studio album and recorded the project with stand-in drummer Brandon Lopez (Broken Flesh) in Summer '08 with producer Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad). In November 2008, the band released Dichotomy. The album's concept was inspired by the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis and uses the same themes of biology vs technology, and man vs machine. The sixth song on the album, "Ransom" is, for instance, named after the main character of the trilogy.[8] On October 31, 2008, Brent "Duck" Duckett returned. The band was featured in the 2008 Nov/Dec issue of HM Magazine and tour support also followed. In October 2009, the band released a new single titled "Necrotizing Fasciitis". The single was packaged with a Necrotizing Fasciitis-themed shirt. "Clifton", the bearded skull, returned on the single's artwork.

In 2010, Becoming the Archetype's lead guitarist Jon Star left the band once again and was replaced with guitarist Daniel Gailey.

Celestial Completion (2011–2012)[edit]

Celestial Completion is Becoming the Archetype's fourth studio album on Solid State Records. It was recorded in Glow in the Dark studios in Atlanta, Georgia with Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot, Vanna) from October to November 2010, and includes many new concepts. Said Seth Hecox, "we have Dennis Culp of Five Iron Frenzy playing trombone on a ska section of track nine," and, "we have a track of just sitar and tambura and Tablas." [9]

The band released a single, "The Magnetic Sky" on February 14, 2011, in order to promote the album.[10] Then, beginning on Friday, March 18, one new song from Celestial Completion was released per day until the album's release, on March 29, as a part of the "12 days of BTA."[11] A video for The Magnetic Sky premiered at on the same day of the album's release.[12] Guitarist Seth Hecox did an interview discussing the lyrical themes of "The Magnetic Sky".[13]

In late November, after playing "over 80 shows in 12 different countries in just an 8 month span," with bands such as Creations and The Tug Fork River Band,[14] and writing, recording, and releasing the single Oh Holy Night, the band announced that Jason Wisdom and Brent Duckett were leaving the band. It was also announced that Chris McCane would be the band's new lead vocalist[15] and they had found a new drummer (later announced on their Facebook as Michael McClellan).[16] Seth Hecox and lead guitarist Daniel Gailey were in the process of writing songs for the next album.[17]

I Am and upcoming seventh studio album (2012-present)[edit]

In April 2012 the band announced they'd enter the studio with producer Shane Frisby (Bury Your Dead, The Ghost Inside, Corpus Christi) from May 21 – June 18 to record their fifth full-length album for Solid State Records.[18] The band added bassist Codey Watkins, formerly of the Chattanooga, TN based hardcore band In This Hour, to the lineup, announced via Facebook.[19] Drummer Michael McClellan left shortly before going into the studio and was replaced by Chris Heaton, formerly of the Knoxville, TN based hardcore band Dear Lovely.[19] Their new album is called I Am, and was released September 18, 2012.

Around 2015, Guitarist Dan Gailey stated that the band was talking on new material, and when asked by the interviewers about if the lineup was the same as the I Am lineup, his answer was "No".[20]

Etymology and Christianity[edit]

The members are professed Christians, and the band takes its name from Genesis 1:26: "God said, 'Let us make man in our image.'" Since Jesus Christ was the only person to ever be sinless, He was the archetype of humanity; the band's name reflects this belief.[21] In a 2008 interview with The Full Armor of God Broadcast,[22] Jason Wisdom summed up the band's philosophy, stating "If we are not making a difference for the Lord, then we are just out there making noise!"

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • "Count" Seth Andrew Hecox (Anchors) – rhythm guitar, keyboards, clean vocals (2004–2013)
  • Daniel Gailey – lead guitar, backing vocals (formerly of Thaddeus, Phinehas) (2010–2013)
  • Chris McCane - lead vocals (ex-Thaddeus) (2011–2013)
  • Codey Watkins (ex-In This Hour) - bass (2012–2013)
  • Chris Heaton (ex-Dear Lovely) - drums, percussion (2012–2013)

Former members

  • Jason Wisdom (Solamors, Death Therapy) – lead vocals (1999–2011), bass (2003–2011)
  • Brent "Duck" Duckett – drums (1999–2008, 2008–2011)
  • Jon Star – lead guitar (1999–2006, 2008–2010)
  • Martin Cunningham - rhythm and lead guitar (2011–2012)
  • Wes Gaither – bass (1999–2003)
  • Jacob Franklin – rhythm guitar (2001–2004) (ex-Irreversible)
  • Alex "Dracula" Kenis (formerly of Synoptic Rise, Aletheian, Solamors) – lead guitar, clean vocals (2006–2008)
  • Sean Cunningham - rhythm guitar (1999-2006), lead guitar (2001-2006)
  • Brandon Lopez (Broken Flesh, formerly of An Unearthly Child, and Vangough) – drums (2008)

Touring musicians

Session musicians

  • Suzanne Richter - soprano vocals (2008)
  • Dennis Culp (of Five Iron Frenzy) - trombone (2011)
  • Nathan O'Brien – trombone (2011)
  • Kim Stice – violin (2011)
  • Sean Patrick Murphy – sitar, tambura, tablas (2011)
  • Ivey Norton Spears - vocals (2011)



As Nonexistent Failure[edit]


As The Remnant[edit]


Studio albums

As Becoming the Archetype[edit]

Studio albums

Year Album Label Charts
US US Heat US Christ
2005 Terminate Damnation Solid State Records[23]
2007 The Physics of Fire Solid State/Century Media 13 19
2008 Dichotomy Solid State Records 19 41
2011 Celestial Completion Solid State Records 7[24] 18[25]
2012 I Am Solid State Records 16 17


  • Celestial Progression (2012; Solid State)


  • "Necrotizing Fasciitis" (non-album digital single, 2009, Solid State)[26]
  • "O Holy Night" (non-album digital single, 2011, Solid State) [27]
  • "The Time Bender" (I Am, 2012, Solid State Records)

Music videos

  • "Endure" (The Physics Of Fire) – 2007
  • "The Magnetic Sky" (Celestial Completion) – 2011
  • "Breathing Light" (Celestial Completion) – 2011[28]
  • "The Time Bender" (I Am) - 2012


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  28. ^ "Breathing Light Music Video Announced". April 21, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011.

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