Released: 2007, Metal Blade Records
When Oppenheimer watched the first detonation of the nuclear bomb, he reportedly quoted a line from Hindu scripture - “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I wonder what Symphorce uttered or thought when they first heard their new album taking shape? If they knew the atomic impact that their album could bring to the metal masses, perhaps they too might of thought something similar. Seriously, Symphorce's BECOME DEATH is an amazing album topping everything the band has done so far.
Guitarist Cede Dupont recently said in a Metal-Rules.com interview, “Everybody is talking to us saying it’s the heaviest album we have released so far and I agree.” It's not just that this is the band's heaviest, it's also their best. BECOME DEATH is destined to become a modern day classic. Besides the heaviness factor, the other thing that makes this album so godly is it's diversity. There are fast, intense near death metal moments in a song like “Darkness Fills The Sky” and brooding and dark melodies in a song like “No Final Words To Say”. The album's strength is not fully appreciated by hearing just a couple of tracks but comes to fruition when you hear the full album. The song “Darkness Fills The Sky” has near blasting drums and pretty much death metal vocals for most of the song (reminiscent of Nevermore's “Born”). Then there are goth-like sections in the song “No Final Words To Say”, especially on the chorus where the vocals are rich and deep. Not only is the music versatile, so are the vocals of vocal god Andy B. Franck. Be it deep, aggressive, dark, soaring high, he can do it all! Andy's vocals on “Inside The Cast” are incredible....just...wow! “Towards The Light” is a near ballad with a chorus vocal melody that is reminiscent of a certain Sonata Arctica song...I'll let you guess which one it is if you check it out!
It's not easy to just pick out a couple of of songs since everything on this album is a part of the larger picture resulting in one of this year's best albums! To some the various sounds might throw you for a loop, but for me it makes the album much stronger. I do prefer the heavier, thrashy songs on here the most (“Darkness Fills The Sky” and “Lost But Found” kick ASS!) but as a full album the other songs even things out and offer some experimentation that works well across the soundscape of the album. Speaking of the album's sound, it's perhaps the best I've ever heard from the band. You can hear all the instruments with everything sounding thick, heavy, and totally fucking METAL!
Since I got this album I haven't been able to turn it off. I consider this a must buy for those who ever even remotely liked Symphorce, Nevermore, or for anyone interested in heavy power metal. If only enough people check this out and realize that the brilliance of this album shines brighter than a thousand suns, then Symphorce will be able to take the step from second-level power metal band, to one of the forerunners of the genre. If this doesn't turn out to be my album of the year, then at least the song “Darkness Fills The Sky” will perhaps be my favorite song of 2007!