The Forgotten Archetype - The Forgotten Archetype
- Artist: The Forgotten Archetype
- EP: The Forgotten Archetype
- Label: indie
- Year of Release: 2007
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- Reviewed by: solitaryman on 2007-10-05
Coming in 6th in our Indie of the Year contest was Oregon's The Forgotten Archetype, an experimental duo playing odd combinations of music at break-neck speeds. Death metal, future-pop and bits of folk, jazz, chamber music, you name it and it probably shows up on their self-titled album, released exclusively by the band. This is true indie music, and it's also very well put-together, written, performed and makes for an enjoyable, if confusing, experience.
Many of these tracks tend to run together considering the guys tend to stick to their formula of mixing brutal death metal together with a speedy pop (complete with vocoder vocals straight of out Eifell 65's "I'm Blue"), and in between throws in some random (but extremely effective/enjoyable) transisitions, scratching the surfaces of a myriad of genres. It's very impressive to me that these two young men could put together such technical and complicated tracks with limited experience. It's obvious that one of their main influences is the metal-goof act Crotchduster, but they manage to escape that shadow with plenty of innovation on their own parts. Favorite cuts? "Neverland" has an awesome COF-inspired section, and some pretty catchy rapped lyrics. That's another thing that shows up, a sort of faux-hip-hop style that could either be poking fun or paying true homage; or both.
Without a bad song in the bunch, and with such an interesting direction being taken, I have nothing bad to say about The Forgotten Archetype. With lofty dreams comes lofty expectations, and I for one will be following their next moves very closely. They've found a sound all their own, and all that's left is to truly perfect it. I want to hear what they sound like with a solid studio budget, a bigger production to capture the thousands of musical ideas the two fellas can conjure up.
To summarize: head to the band's myspace and download this album while it's still available for free (check their blog). You'll be more than glad you did.
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on 2007-10-05 dscanland Said:
Great review Kevin. I love the idea of "mixing brutal death metal together with a speedy pop". Thanks for participating in our Indie Of The Year contest Forgotten Archetype. You added some great diversity to the mix.
on 2007-10-05 hstisgod Said:
lmao its difficult to imagine I could like an artist who is influenced by another band called Crotchduster, but Kevin you've exposed another hole in my strategies of life, lol. These guys have a solid sound.
on 2007-08-27 fisticuff Said:
very unique.haven't really heard anything like it.good luck guys and cheers from us!