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on 10 May 2004
It's been a bit of a time for comebacks by big bands lately (namely Metallica, Iron Maiden, Machine Head, and fairly obviously Fear Factory). Which is all well and good, but it's a bit of a shame that all but one of these four has come as a real disappointment (Machine Head being that one). I'd heard lots of good things about this album, some stuff about being a return to the likes of Demanufacture (one of the best albums ever), and all this sort of stuff. But quite simply, it isn't. The album sounds over-produced, Burton's lost some of the edge to his voice, and...hate to say it, but the guitar's are far too complicated on this album. The simple punching riffs of Demanufacture really were fantastic, because of the simple tightness of everything, but this album just doesn't have that. There are good songs, and yes, this is far better than either Obsolete or Digimortal (which I don't own either of, but heard and didn't like), but comparing to Demanufacture either does Demanufacture an injustice, or is over-hyping Archetype. Archetype is a GOOD album. Don't get me wrong. Some songs are great, but it doesn't have the consistent wow effect of Demanufacture, and if Archetype hadn't had the cover of School, I'd say it really tapers off towards the end. Slave Labor will probably be a classic, that much can be said. And it really makes you feel like the album's going to be something special. Drones is a good song, as is the title track (although a little bit unusual. The intro makes me think of 80s synthesized goth + Raymond Herrera for some reason), and Corporate Cloning has that army sound to it that Flashpoint had on Demanufacture. The cover of School is great, but other than those four tracks, the album is just average or (dare I say it) below.
Overall, Archetype is over-hyped. It's a good album, but nothing special.