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Album Review

Although death metal and prog metal are usually thought of as two different subgenres of heavy metal, in certain cases, there's really not much differentiating the two. Case in point, Origin, and their 2008 release, Antithesis. Although they are extreme sounding in just about every way imaginable (guttural growls, stop-start riffing, metronome-perfect drumming, etc.), the instrumental prowess of Origin's players is mighty impressive here. But be forewarned — there's not an ounce of melody detected anywhere (just front to back metallic brutality), as evidenced by such over the top assaults as the album opener, "The Aftermath," as well as "Consuming Misery" and "Wrath of Vishnu," among others. Whether you love it or hate it, most would have to agree that Origin's Antithesis is certainly death metal at its most complex and challenging.

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Antithesis could quite possibly be Origin's strongest release. The bass is louder, the drumming is relentless and complex(as always), the guitars are emphasized more, and overall the production quality is good. It offers more variety than previous Origin albums. It weaves dark sounding melodies with dissonance and brutality. At times it reminds me of Behemoth or Nile (Wrath of Vishnu, Finite) and at other times it has a dissonance similar to Gorguts. While most of the album is blisteringly fast there are a good amount of slow grooves. Origin pulls from all their previous albums and expands on their sound(still within the death metal genre, however). Antithesis is the epitome of good technical death metal.


This album is just incredible. The guitar work on here is simply insane; the riffs are fast, varied, and chaotic, forging a constant barrage of technical mayhem. The drumming is also terrific, whilst pounding away at unfathomable speeds they also form some crazy patterns that make them more interesting than the usual death metal fare. All the while, the vocals shift between a low death growl and a tortured scream, perfectly fitting in with the nature of the music. Not to mention that the lyrics and the overall theme of the album are surprisingly unique in a genre saturated with songs about hacking apart bodies (ha, not that there's anything wrong with that, of course...). Make no mistake, "Antithesis" is THE death metal album of 2008. If you consider yourself a fan of metal, don't even it a second thought. You need to experience this.


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Somewhat comparable to the likes of extreme metal veterans Cryptopsy and relative newcomers such as Cephalic Carnage, the Kansas-based quintet Origin specializes in ridiculously technical, fast, and punishing death/grind metal. The group was initially founded by guitarists Paul Ryan and Jeremy Turner in July of 1997. Over the next six months, the duo enlisted bassist Clint Appelhanz, vocalist Mark Manning, and drummer George Fluke to fill out the first Origin lineup, which went on to record the demo...
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