ORIGIN

Technical Death Metal • United States
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Origin are an American technical brutal death metal band from Topeka, Kansas/ They formed in 1998 by Guitarist/Vocalists Paul Ryan and Jeremy Turner. They were soon joined by Clint Appelhanz (Bass), Mark Manning (Vocals) and George Fluke (Drums). On July 4th, 1997, Paul Ryan and Jeremy Turner, acquaintances through mutual friends, had a conversation that would change their lives. Shortly thereafter, the two guitarists/vocalists got together and started jamming with the intent to create a band embodying blistering speed, total brutality, technical proficiency, and the utmost in quality musicianship.

In October, 1997, they convinced long-time friend Clint Appelhanz to put down his guitar, pick up a bass and join them. Coincidentally, Paul was also good friends with vocalist Mark Manning, who possessed an unbelievably monstrous voice of unmatched ferocity. After hearing the damage the existing members had rendered, Mark aligned himself with the nascent group.

In January, 1998, the
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ORIGIN Origin album cover 3.42 | 6 ratings
Origin
Technical Death Metal 2000
ORIGIN Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas album cover 3.64 | 7 ratings
Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas
Technical Death Metal 2002
ORIGIN Echoes of Decimation album cover 3.69 | 8 ratings
Echoes of Decimation
Technical Death Metal 2005
ORIGIN Antithesis album cover 4.03 | 11 ratings
Antithesis
Technical Death Metal 2008
ORIGIN Entity album cover 4.05 | 11 ratings
Entity
Technical Death Metal 2011
ORIGIN Omnipresent album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Omnipresent
Technical Death Metal 2014
ORIGIN Unparalleled Universe album cover 3.95 | 6 ratings
Unparalleled Universe
Technical Death Metal 2017
ORIGIN Abiogenesis - A Coming into Existence album cover 3.21 | 3 ratings
Abiogenesis - A Coming into Existence
Technical Death Metal 2019

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ORIGIN Label Showcase - Nuclear Blast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Label Showcase - Nuclear Blast
Technical Death Metal 2012

ORIGIN live albums

ORIGIN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ORIGIN A Coming Into Existence album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
A Coming Into Existence
Technical Death Metal 1998

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ORIGIN Abiogenesis - A Coming into Existence

Album · 2019 · Technical Death Metal
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Kev Rowland
This is an interesting concept, as this isn’t the current direction or sounds of the band Origin, but instead is a trip back to the very earliest days of the band. The twelve-track album includes eight new (previously unreleased) songs from the pre-Origin period, spanning from the ‘Necrotomy’ (1990-1991) and ‘Thee Abomination’ (1992-1993) eras of the band which followed by a remastered version of the band’s first ever EP from 1998. For this project band leader Paul Ryan spent five years recording all the old material on his own. As he says, “Over the years people have asked me how Origin just came to be as a band so ferocious virtually out of nowhere. This is a small summary of the Origins of Origin. Basically, I spent a lot of my youth at shows at the outhouse practicing garage grinding, basement blasting & shed shredding anywhere I️ could, composing as what my father would call 'Infernal Racket' as I was very passionate about death metal. That's all I ever wanted to do. This is by no means the current direction of the band Origin, but simply music that is the Origins of Origin. I did to the best of my ability to recreate the instrumentation of all the former members and the guys who I played this music with blended into each track (and yes there was a lot of editing!!!!). I’m officially retired from recording drums ever again!".

The end result is an album of 12 songs, which is under half an hour in length. Although recording wise this is very polished, this brutal death metal act is quite different in many ways from what I think of today with Origin as they exist now. I am a big fan of their last album, ‘Unparalleled Universe’, which shows the more technical direction the band takes now. The vocals are often distorted and screamed and add little to the overall sound of the music. It is very heavy, and the drumming is surprisingly good (which makes me wonder exactly how much editing went into that area), and while the guitars and bass are as tight as one would expect from Ryan it is the vocals and song length which really lets this down. But, this isn’t really designed for the casual listener, and if it was placed before 2000’s ‘Origin’, which in many ways is the right place for it to be, then it would have been discussed in a different way. As it stands, this may be mostly for Origin fans only as it shows where they came from, but apart from the vocals this is still a fun ride.

ORIGIN Entity

Album · 2011 · Technical Death Metal
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"Entity" is the 5th full-length studio album by US death metal act Origin. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in June 2011. It´s the successor to "Antithesis" from 2008. The band have gone from being a five-piece on "Antithesis (2008)" to a trio lineup on "Entity". Lead vocalist James Lee has left Origin and the lead vocals are now shared by guitarist Paul Ryan and bassist Mike Flores. Guitarist Jeremy Turner has also left, but hasn´t been replaced here, so "Entity" was recorded by the three-piece lineup Paul Ryan (vocals, guitars), Mike Flores (vocals, bass), and John Longstreth (drums).

The lineup changes doesn´t really affect Origin´s brutal technical death metal core sound. We´re still treated to über technical and brutal death metal of the highest class. There´s been a positive development in the songwriting department though. "Entity" is without competition the most varied and memorable release up until then by Origin. While their previous releases had a tendency to appear one-dimensional after just a few tracks, it seems that Origin have focused a lot of their efforts on the songwriting this time around as opposed to the earlier releases where the focus always seemed to be on the technical playing first and memorable songwriting second. "Antithesis" did show a more diverse approach to the band´s technical brutal death metal style but still lacked the final finesse in the songwriting to push it from great to excellent. While "Entity" isn´t a flawless release either, I´d say Origin have taken one more step in the right direction with this release.

While the tracks are still brutal as hell with both deep growling and higher pitched screaming vocals on top, the band have incorporated a lot of tempo changes, heavier mid-paced grooves, some (a few) melodic themes (check out the melodic solo that closes "Conceiving Death") and a bit of experimentation with ideas not regularly heard on brutal death metal releases. The latter especially appear on the track "Committed" which features a section that can be described as experimental alternative extreme metal. One of the tracks where the heavy mid-paced groove is most successfully incorporated is on "Saliga" and on "Swarm" too. The 6:52 minutes long "Saliga" is definitely one of the highlights of the album. The other lengthy track on the album "Consequence of Solution", the powerful "Swarm", and "Conceiving Death" are highlights too, while some of the shorter tracks almost pass by so quick that you´ll never know what hit you. 7 out of 11 tracks are shorter than 3 minutes and most of those 7 tracks are closer to the 2 minute mark than the 3 minute ditto.

The musicianship is outstanding. Technical precision drumming, razor sharp and fast paced riffing, shredding fretboard work, and rythmic variation are what you´ll get when listening to "Entity". If I have to point out a weak link it would be the vocals which are pretty standard for the genre. "Entity" could definitely have been even more interesting with a more unique sounding vocalist. It shouldn´t be interpreted as if the vocals aren´t well performed or doesn´t sound great, but a more distinct sounding vocalist would just have made the listening experience even more interesting. So while I still feel there is room for improvement, I think Origin have created a high quality album in "Entity". Definitely one of the death metal highlights of the year. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

ORIGIN Antithesis

Album · 2008 · Technical Death Metal
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UMUR
"Antithesis" is the 4th full-length studio album by US death metal act Origin. The album was released through Relapse Records in April 2008. It´s the successor to "Echoes of Decimation" from 2005 and features a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor. Guitarist Clint Appelhanz has been replaced by Jeremy Turner and drummer James King has been replaced by a John Longstreth. Both replacements returning after not having been part of the band for a couple of years.

The music on the album is predominantly ultra fast and blasting technical death metal. There are some slower and crushingly heavy mid-paced parts on the album too, but they are few (some sections from the 9:32 miutes long title track, which closes the album, could be mentioned). The vocals are deep unintelligible growls and higher pitched aggressive screaming. To my ears especially the growling vocals are a bit monotone and I miss some aggression in that vocal approach so it´s nice when the band decide to put in a few higher pitched screams for variation.

My slight issue with the growling vocals aside "Antithesis" is overall a very impressive album. The riffs are played with clinical precision and technical skill that´s beyond what you´ll usually hear in an already very technical sub genre of death metal. There is no doubt that Origin are one of the fastest playing and most innovative acts when it comes to brutal technical death metal. I´ve mentioned the riffs but the drums are also supernaturally fast played and delivered with precision that´s admirable. The whole thing is a bit cold and clinical but the playing style suits the sci-fi themed lyrics and image of the band.

The sound production (which is otherwise professional and generally well sounding) unfortunately lacks a bit of dynamic and the tracks have a tendency to sound a bit too much the same as a consequence of that. Especially the more "regular" blasting parts on the tracks sound a bit too similar in style. It´s definitely not an easy listening experience, but given enough spins the tracks begin to be easier to tell apart. Variation is not the strength of the album though.

Despite a few issues "Antithesis" is still close to the premier league of brutal techncial death metal albums. So while I still think the band could focus a bit more on variation instead of monotone brutality, the album deserves a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating. When Origin chose to lower the pace or play more rhythmically varied parts they shine and memorable moments even occur in the chaos of ultra fast technical riffing, growling vocals, and blasting drums (tracks like "The Aftermath", "Wrath of Vishnu" and the title track stand out as some of the highlights). I hope the band will develop that part of their sound further on subsequent releases. With a bit more variation in the songwriting department there is no limit to how great this band can become. They certainly have the technical skills and creativity to pull it off.

ORIGIN Unparalleled Universe

Album · 2017 · Technical Death Metal
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Kev Rowland
For twenty years, Origin has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. The quartet of Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals), John Longstreth (drums), Mike Flores (bass, vocals), and Jason Keyser (vocals) are now back with their latest album, following on from 2014’s ‘Omnipresent’. The last three years has seen a lot of touring, with the likes of Aborted, Exhumed to Immolation, Marduk and Belphegor, and they are showing no signs of slowing down. The album was recorded and mixed at Chapman Studios in February 2017 alongside long-time collaborator and engineer Robert Rebeck (Tech N9ne). The band emerged with ten new songs including a cover of Brujeria's "Revolución", that were mastered in March 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth - The Thousand Caves (Altar of Plagues, Jarobe, Krallice).

Paul Ryan says “It feels like an Origin album, but it’s unparalleled to what you might expect if you haven’t heard us for 10 or 15 years. To me, it’s a true reflection of ourselves. I compare it to an action movie. Our earlier material is filled with action from beginning to end. Now, the idea is to add a little more depth and dynamics. You could say there are some twists in the plot musically”. This is brutal death metal, with more in common with grindcore than many other purveyors of the genre. The blastbeats keep coming, the guitars are tight with the bass, and Jason wouldn’t sound out of place fronting Cannibal Corpse. This is awesome on just so many levels, and is one of the best death metal albums I have come across. If you want to lose your dandruff and get severe neck ache then this is the one to get.

ORIGIN A Coming Into Existence

Demo · 1998 · Technical Death Metal
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UMUR
"A Coming Into Existence" is the sole demo recording by US death metal act Origin. The 4 track, 12 minute long demo was released in 1998 by ORIGINal Music on both CD and cassette tape.

If you are familiar with the sound of Origin, you´ll feel right at home listening to this crushingly brutal and techncially challenging death metal demo. It´s amazing how well defined the band´s sound was already this early in their career. Origin are one of those rare acts in the more brutal part of the death metal spectrum that actually has a distinct sound. Of course the band have refined and developed their core sound over the years but the 4 tracks on this demo are unmistakably the sound of Origin.

The sound production is professional and actually better than many album releases in the genre and the musicianship is absolutely excellent. Deep growling vocals delivered with punch and brutality, fast played blazing riffs and impressive technical drumming are the ingredients on the demo. "A Coming Into Existence" is a great first release by Origin and I think a 3.5 star rating is fully deserved. Maybe even a 4.

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