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Dawning [Re-release]

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Limb Music Products
Genre: [Progressive Metal/Melodic Metal/Death Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.0

Limb Music Products re-releases the first full-length Archetype album "Dawning". This re-release contains 2 bonus tracks, which are early 1998 versions of 'Visionary' and 'Hands of Time'. Those two bonus tracks are quite unnecessary as the new versions are much better (maybe some hardcore fans will find the earlier versions interesting). Dawning has been previously released in the USA through Nightmare Records and in Europe through Lucretia Records.

Songs are melodic progressive metal with occasional death growls... However, singing is mainly clean (so you don't have to be a fan of death metal to enjoy this release). Archetype's songs benefit from catchy refrains, strong driving guitar riffs, groovy & powerful drums and melodic guitar solos. In addition, there are also some acoustic passages in a few songs (for example, the intro of 'Years Ago'). The quality of songs is quite even, although not all of the songs are as good as others.

It takes a while before one gets accustomed to Greg Wagner's vocals (I first considered him as a bad vocalist). However, after I had heard all the sides of Greg's singing, I had to reconsider my "judgment". I have to say, I was amazed how good Greg's growling sounded. However, due to musical differences Greg and the band had to part ways (according to Intromental), so their forthcoming album will present a new singer.

The production has been done quite well. In the beginning, I thought the sounds were a bit thin, but later on I started to consider them quite felicitous. Distortion occurred only seldom, and it was barely audible. However, there is one annoying detail on this album (the clipping in the beginning of each track). I hope it only happens on the promotional copies of the CD, and the final version won't have that problem.

Some have said that if Iced Earth and Dream Theater would be put together, the result will sound like Archetype. I'm not so sure about that... Nevertheless, fans of those bands might want to check this album out (at least I quite liked it).

- MAGE (05.11.2004)


Matyus, Chris: Guitars
Zeigler, Keith: Drums
Still, Jamie: Bass
Wagner, Greg "Chyle": Vocals
Producer: Tomecko, Ed & Matyus, Chris
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
Archetype - Dawning [Re-release]  CD  Cover Image
01. Final Day
02. Hands of Time
03. Dawning
04. Dissension's Wake
05. Inside Your Dreams
06. Premonitions
07. Visionary
08. Arisen
09. The Mind's Eye
10. Years Ago
11. Reflection
Bonus Tracks:
12. Visionary (1998 Version)
13. Hands of Time (1998 Version)
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