Origin
Antithesis


3.5
great

Review

by Ian W. USER (20 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2010 | 20 replies | 1,660 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dear Lord, is it possible to play ANY faster?

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Origin is a five piece death metal outfit that doesn't bother with infusing jazz elements into their music, nor being technically progressive with odd guitar techniques, or even bother with mixing up time signatures. Nope, this band purely and simply aims to play very, VERY fast.

This very aspect of the band is what makes or breaks them. People looking for any sort of Severed Savior or Necrophagist worship will hardly find that kind of musical style. As previously stated, playing fast is Origin's game. And I, personally, don't mind.

I like to consider myself someone who listens to the more progressive side of metal; therefore I tend to listen to bands like Cynic and Between the Buried and Me. But being introduced to the genre through the "br00tal" aspect of metal, I can tolerate some deathcore and just straight up Death Metal (Decapitated, Knights of the Abyss.) A major reason why I listen to Origin and what makes them quite fun to listen to is the sheer tenacity they have when approaching their instruments, which is to say, the fact that they have no problem blaring throughout the album at breakneck speeds.

The album opens up with "The Aftermath" and makes a very clear point of the band stating, "Here's our speed. We're sticking with it. Like it or get the f**k out." It serves its purpose as the blisteringly fast introduction to the rest of the album, complete with machine gun drums and arpeggiated/melodic scales all over the place.

And speaking of drums let it be known that John Longstreth is absolutely incredible behind the kit. The man can play absurdly fast speeds with frightening machine like consistency, yet manages to show tidbits here and there of fine tuned musical interpretation that won't be noticed on first listen, but given time, serve to enhance both the overall quality and replayability of the music.

The guitars as previously mentioned stick largely with a selection of arpeggiated scales mixed with some melodic overtures here and there. Just like the drums, they're surprisingly capable and technical, but nothing that necessarily distinguishes itself from the rest of the album, and it most certainly doesn't rival anything released by Decrepit Birth. Again, they're not bad, and for the purposes of the album, they fit absolutely perfectly. The bass, like most modern death metal, isn't very present, but when it does manage to break the surface of the constant tide of drums and lead guitars, it manages to showcase an impressive amount of ingenuity with its role and definitely manages to keep the band moving along. When everything cuts out and all that's left is the bass, it sounds absolutely epic. (See the song Consuming Misery."

The vocal department is your average Death Metal affair, with James Lee screaming and growling his way throughout the album. Just as everything else, they don't break any barriers, but they certainly do a fine job of complementing the rest of the instruments. Judging by the album cover, one would think the lyrics would focus largely on extraterrestrial concepts akin to The Faceless, but both surprisingly and unfortunately they focus on the general Death Metal concepts of pain and suffering.

There isn't a whole lot more to say about Origin except, they play incredibly fast. For the purposes of the album, they fit that niche perfectly. There's hardly anything progressive here, and their technicality is superb but not earth shattering. If you want a nice, heavy slab of Death Metal, look no further than Origin. Oh, also, if you want to hear the best implementation of a recorded sample in any metal song, just listen to Antithesis. Trust me, it's incredibly intense.

Recommended Tracks:
Finite
Consuming Misery
Antithesis



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bloozclooz
March 23rd 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Here's our speed. We're sticking with it. Like it or get the f**k out."

lol'd. pos just for that. you should have mentioned the title track though, that shit's epic

bloc
March 23rd 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Haha, I love that line.

But this album is just tooooooo much for me to handle. Great review too.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

bloozclooz
March 23rd 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

she bleed from every fucking hole...

wait, wrong album

ButcheredChildren
March 23rd 2010



5591 Comments


i agree with the album rating and great review!!!

my personal opinion is that this is a sick fucking record but other than Wrath Of Vishnu and The Aftermath, im not blown away by anything else, great 2 songs but the others are just there, dont stand out at all

FeralMemories
March 23rd 2010



680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good news then, Im pretty sure I heard from somewhere that their vocalist got canned.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

krig9412
March 23rd 2010



794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FeralMemories-Really? Hope it doesn't kill them like it did for Salt the Wound.

bloozclooz-I thought I did mention it with the line you said you liked so much ;)

bloozclooz
March 23rd 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dun like tha vocalist.

lucky you then

krig9412
March 23rd 2010



794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wait a sec...You don't like THIS vocalist, but you like Anaal Nathrakh's? Seems a bit contradictory.

asdemonsburn
March 24th 2010



793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Aftermath and Finite are epic songs

TAB
March 24th 2010



447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the vocals rule, and uh, they don't just play fast.

bloozclooz
March 24th 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

finite is an awesome song. kinda melodic, compared to their other stuff.

Wizard
March 24th 2010



19240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the vocals rule, and uh, they don't just play fast.

Arpeggios gallore as well. That's pretty much it.

Digging: Cloak of Altering - Plague Beasts

bloozclooz
March 24th 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but they're fuckin intense arpeggios

OceanOfWisdom
March 24th 2010



99 Comments


I may write a review for this, and see if I cant do better (Not to be competitive), I just feel that you nailed some subjects, and completely left others out. Also, I think you didnt really describe or explain the guitar and vocal work enough (being that their Lead Singer is not the only person doing vocal work on this album). I still voted that this was well-written though. And the rating is pretty fair, though, I do believe that a bigger fan of this particular genre would've given this an even 4/5, but no higher.

OceanOfWisdom
March 24th 2010



99 Comments


and I agree - The Aftermath, Wrath of Vishnu, Finite, and Antithesis, are 4 most prominent songs on this album. Easy

bloozclooz
March 24th 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i really can't stand their middle album, Informis Inhu-whateverthefuckitis.

been meaning to listen to their oldest one

krig9412
March 24th 2010



794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bloozclooz-Their debut is pretty mediocre. Their sophomore album is relatively good however, so you may dig that.

OceanOfWisdom-Definitely go for it. I won't feel offended at all. The whole point of a review is to give objective viewpoints of something. What I find in the music will be different from you, so definitely go for it. Also, who else does the vocals?

bloozclooz
March 24th 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

me!

Wizard
March 24th 2010



19240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For an accurate take on the album, refer below:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=25199

krig9412
March 25th 2010



794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^
So you're promoting your own review on the same album?



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