XORIGIN
Hard Rock • Norway

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XorigiN is a Norwegian melodic hardrock/metal act, whose central members are Johannes Stole and Daniel Palmqvist. The band was originally formed in L.A. in 1999 as the members lived and studied music there, but was eventually relocated to Scandinavia.
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XORIGIN State of the Art

Album · 2011 · Hard Rock
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Being released on the same day with Toby Hitchcock and Work of Art, Xorigin's 'State of The Art' rejects to be overshadowed by the two diamonds that are competing to be in the top spot of this year's melodic rock race. Although I must admit that this band still struggles with the songwriting consistency throughout the album hence can't win that race, the foundation of this album was built strong and that's what important for them to capitalize more success on the sophomore release.

Slick and memorable melodic rock arrangement, sensible AOR touch, massive sing-along chorus, some essential keys to garner critical acclaim from the critics are basically there. You can't go wrong with 'Can't Keep Running' or the tears-dropping 'Crying For You'. They knew how to construct a perfect bridge between the starting verse to the sensational chorus. 'Too Late' and 'The One For Me' are what you want to call "an utterly-brilliant melodic rock composition". 'Mend My Heart' makes a great cooling-down track, a heartfelt ballad that's put in the right spot.

Lots of keyboard involved and many songs were comfortably played in the midtempo rhythm, so you know what to expect. Fans of heavier music might not be amused with slower tunes like 'In The Blink of An eye' or maybe 'Matters of The Heart', but if you like songs that are tender and harmless to your wife's ears but still got that necessary rockin’ edge, this album is a good pick. Now, song like 'What Love Is All About' made me think that 'are they listening to Work of Art a lot?' because the vibe is so similar, the song itself is wonderful in its own way, love that track!

Shame some tracks like 'Gina' or 'Said And Done' was lacking something big somewhere inside the arrangement and condemned to be their weak spot. With at least 3 average tunes but luckily overflown by so many great tracks, I can consider Xorigin's debut was a success, especially in the ocean of new releases this year, I found many delicious fishes in the MHR territory, and 'State of The Art' was definitely one of them. Well done!

XORIGIN State of the Art

Album · 2011 · Hard Rock
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Genre: melodic metal/hardrock/AOR

XorigiN may be a Norwegian rock act from 2011, but their sound is very much like that of melodic 80s American hardrock with metal elements and an AOR touch.

And I like that because a lot of 80s melodic metal and AOR/hardrock was actually very good, and so is "State of the Art" by XorigiN. A lot of the riffage, the overall sound, the lyrical subject matter, the use of keyboards and so on sound like the best of 80s melodic metal and AOR/hardrock.

Needless to say, there is a lot of melody on this release, and even some power ballads (which - while expertly performed - do not appeal to me) and a lot of melodic rock tunes with heavy guitar riffs plus a couple of more uptempo and metallic rockers. XorigiN are obviously very skilled musicians and songwriters, and they really know how to craft catchy vocal hooklines and really utilize the power of melody. The keyboards are perhaps a bit too dominant, and even cheesy at times, but, given the genre, that is something I can live with.

"State of the Art" by XorigiN is a lesson in melodic metal and AOR/hardrock and a nice reminder that the 80s style non-sleazy melodic metal is alive and kicking.

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