Archetype - _Dawning_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
Impressive from the get-go, Ohio progressive metal act Archetype had my attention from the opening guitar riff of "Final Day" off their album _Dawning_. Not only does this talented band of musicians know how to write some great songs, they have the incredible musicianship to back it up. With a definite nod to '80s era metal (Helloween, Iron Maiden) and newer-era progressive metal masters (Iced Earth, Dream Theater), Archetype delivers a spirited performance that indulges in on their influences, as well as showcase their addictive heavy metal ways. Singer Greg Wagner's vocals could lead any metalhead into an anthemic chant and guitarist Chris Matyus dazzles the listener with some solid, intricate guitar work. And the rhythm section of Keith Zeigler (drums) and Jamie Still (bass) are on the ball too, providing an interesting back crunch to the heavy metal mastery of their bandmates. I have their previous demo _Hands of Time_ (1999), and while I was mixed about that release, the band has grown and honed in on their skills with the new disc. With bands like Iced Earth, Jag Panzer, Twisted Tower Dire and Archetype waving the flag of heavy metal loud 'n' proud, music of this ilk will never fall to the wayside.


(article published 12/4/2002)

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