Archetype was officially formed in the summer of 1997 by Chris Matyus, Keith Zeigler and Jamie Still. After a year of playing instrumentally, the band recorded the 4 song instrumental demo “Archetype” in the fall of 1998. With the addition of Greg Wagner on vocals, the band released the four song EP “Hands Of Time” in early 1999. Later that year they began recording their first full length CD “Dawning”. After completion in the spring of 2000, the band realized the recording was not professional enough and would have to be re-recorded. Most of 2001 was spent on the new version of the CD and in February of 2002, Archetype released “Dawning” which was greeted with much praise from around the world. Later that year, the band signed a deal with Lucretia records in Italy and the CD was re-released in Europe in early 2003. In July 2003, Greg Wagner left the band and in 2004 Archetype signed a new deal with LMP records in Germany for the world-wide release of “Dawning”.
With the success of Dawning's worldwide release, the band had been searching for the missing piece to their puzzle, a new lead singer. After searching for many months, Archetype finally found a vocalist who fits the band perfectly, his name is Tony Webster. A veteran in many Cleveland bands, Tony's talents will join those of the current Archetype lineup as they record their new CD. The new material is taking Archetype down a different path than before. With a much heavier and more powerful approach and with maintaining the band’s originality, Archetype is poised for many great things in the future.
Currently the band is finishing up their sophomore release which is scheduled to be done sometime in 2013/2014