Well, here it is. You’ve heard about, you’ve thought about it. Maybe you’ve even talked about it. And now here it is.
A new BTA album with a new lineup.
As you will come to find out, I AM is a work of monstrous intensity and focus. This is unlike any album we’ve done before because it’s sheer intensity drives home the fact that we have a new sound. Now, that’s not to say that everything is completely different. Chris sounds somewhat like Jason sounded. The vocals are still huge. We are still a progressive death metal band. There are still keyboards and epic intros. There is still an instrumental for track 5.
But you start to realize that while we’ve explored lots of sounds, we’ve never explored the sound of making a purely heavy album. We’ve never focused on diving into heaviness with all of our attention. So in my mind, I AM is a continuation of our musical journey and experimentation, primarily through focusing all of our attention on exploring sheer brutality in the riffs and in the vocals.
So there you have it. Whether I AM becomes your favorite album ever is up to you. It’s something we’re all exceptionally proud of and we have no doubts that those who don’t refuse to let go of the past will fall in love with this album and celebrate our entire catalog (just like Michael Bolton).
We’re almost done with our new record, and as a result, more and more of my attention is naturally being taken up by touring concerns. We have a busy schedule lined up for this summer. There are still some dates to be confirmed, but for the most part, our schedule has been filled up with full US touring.
First of all, we’ll be hitting a record (for us) 9 festivals this summer, and with 2 sets at a couple of them, we’ll be playing 11 sets at festivals this year. So that’s awesome. We’ll also be hitting a ridiculous number of states this summer. For 2 weeks of the summer, we’ll be taking new Solid State label-mates Wolves at the Gate with us on the Beat the Heat tour. That tour poster is up on our Facebook page.
There are lots of ways to view our confirmed tour dates, btw. If you’re a facebook user, we have all confirmed dates posted on our band facebook page (facebook.com/becomingthearchetypemusic). If you don’t use FB, you can view our dates on twitter. We tweet each show once it’s confirmed, so you may have to do some scrolling through our past tweets to find a show near you. And last, but not least, we’ll be posting all our dates on this site as well as on solidstaterecords.com, so there’ll be lots of opportunities to see where we’re going and when we’ll be there.
I can also tell you that we’re planning to play a new song in our set this summer, so it’ll be your first chance to hear new material from our new record! Yipee!
Yep, you heard it straight from us, we’re in the studio, recording our 5th album! The songs are the most heavy and brutal we’ve ever written. Gone are the sitars and trombones of the last album. They’ve been replaced with a focused, cohesive sound. And that sound is quite metal. More updates on the way! If you feel so inclined, you can follow our progress on Instagram: @becomingthearchetype.