Origin
Omnipresent


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (74 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2014 | 59 replies


Release Date: 07/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Origin release another solid slab of unabashed technical brutality.

So far 2014 has been a terrific year for death metal. We got a new Behemoth record, adding another chapter to their already freakishly consistent discography; Dead Congregation’s sophomore release, which stands to be one of the best homages to old-school death metal of the last few years; new albums from death veterans Incantation and Autopsy, which pummel you with hellish riffs and a morose doom feel comparable to slowly sinking into a vat of metallic quicksand; and now Origin are here with their sixth full-length – Omnipresent – serving as the technical death metal go-to LP for the summer, and possibly the rest of the year. Clearly the first half of this year has had no shortage of brutality. Suffice it to say, Lucifer would be proud.

This leaves one to wonder how Omnipresent fares in relation to its outshining competition, and the answer is much better than its preceding albums. Origin have built upon their style of relentless riff-barrages topped with unintelligible growls by throwing more sweeps and arpeggios than you could ask for into the boiling, discordant stew that is their songwriting. It still sounds like an Origin album, except every knob is turned to the max. The riffs are faster, the breaks are heavier, the melodies (as few as there are) are catchier and more memorable, and the songwriting in general is the tightest it’s ever been. If you felt there were a few loose screws on the quasi-experimental Entity or the relentless technical onslaught that was Antithesis, this may be the record to assure you that Origin are a forced to be reckoned within the confines of technical death metal, and on top of that, one of the few acts in the genre still relevant today.

The riffs on Omnipresent are brutal death through and through, but unlike their earlier non-stop aural beat down LPs, Origin decided to change things up once in a while. A handful of tracks hover around the one-minute mark, such as “Thrall:Fulcrum:Apex,” which contains a massive chugged riff juxtaposed between a couple of the fastest, grindiest riffs of their career. On the other end of the spectrum, “Continuum” serves as an interlude of sorts – a sweeping melodic guitar passage layered with ominous synths that ease you into a false sense of security before plunging you back into the grimy brutality that makes up the rest of the album. The production has a large part in this atmosphere, as it provides the beefy, sharp-as-a-chainsaw guitar tone to match the dense, menacing nature of the riffs themselves. Jason Keyser of Skinless is in charge of the vocal duties on this album, and frankly is the most fitting and versatile vocalist Origin has ever had. The bass and drums are perfectly mixed, each having their respective highlight moments: passages in “Malthusian Collapse” and “Unattainable Zero” give room for audible bass lines and sweeps, and the drum standouts include… well, the entire album.

Although they are no Suffocation or Cryptopsy, Origin have carved themselves their own little niche in modern technical death metal by consistently and triennially yielding merciless cacophony in the form of unabashed aural brutality. They had no intention to break new ground on Omnipresent, since there’s hardly any new ground to break. The genre has been done to death (no pun intended). Thankfully Origin are self-aware enough to stick to what they know, and that is how they prevail as one of the few remaining masters of their craft.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2014


21823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stream: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/origin-entire-omnipresent-album-available-for-streaming/

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Mall
July 3rd 2014


1601 Comments


this was better than Entity in pretty much every aspect

feeling a high 3.5

KILL
July 3rd 2014


72280 Comments


bloc metal

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2014


6344 Comments


I really like how dense this album sounds.

Also, the guitars sound like death metal, in contrast to what is the case in other tech death albums.

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ExplosiveOranges
July 3rd 2014


3904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, Ins. Gotta check this out soon.

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psyclonus
July 3rd 2014


139 Comments


cannot wait for my pre order to come through! Entity blew me away and i hope this is even better

MO
July 3rd 2014


19078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

siiiiick this is out now awesome

album has great production. can't wait to open for these guys in August

Relinquished
July 3rd 2014


26017 Comments


lol kill

Hawks
July 3rd 2014


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I never really checked these guys out because I assumed they were shitty modern tech death. Review has me interested though.

MO
July 3rd 2014


19078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah Hawks of all the modern tech death bands, these guys stand alone at the head of the pack. very solid band

Hawks
July 3rd 2014


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check your shoutbox bro.

MO
July 3rd 2014


19078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first comment

Wizard
July 4th 2014


19644 Comments


nah Hawks of all the modern tech death bands, these guys stand alone at the head of the pack. very solid band

Yeppers. I do moderately enjoy these guys and I still need to hear this.

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MO
July 4th 2014


19078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's pretty awesome wiz. definitely a pleasant surprise

Wizard
July 4th 2014


19644 Comments


Got it on my list : ).

KILL
July 4th 2014


72280 Comments


metal lives m/

Greyvy
July 9th 2014


5104 Comments


another solid slab of unabashed technical brutality

why do people use the word slab when referring to a metal release? getting cliche

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chug73
July 9th 2014


1229 Comments


neckbeard metal

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2014


21823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is "slab" a cliche now? man i must be behind the times

BigPleb
July 9th 2014


38040 Comments


Gonna czech.

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