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Album Review

Topeka, Kansas' Origin have received precious little mainstream recognition for a band that's been churning out Grade-A technical death metal for well over a decade; possibly due to their problems retaining a stable lineup, or because their envelope-pushing abilities have simply blown too many minds into helpless jelly along the way. Or maybe ‘cuz there's no God or something. Whatever the true reason, 2011's Entity finds the group poised on the edge of a breakthrough, as their insistently daunting instrumental abilities appear to finally be harnessed into more cohesive songs, which, if they're anything but easy to digest even now, sure require less than endless patience and dedication on the listener's part. Hey, all this stuff is supposed to be f**king entertainment after all, right? And while a license to operate extreme metal machinery is still pretty much mandatory to get behind Origin's wheel, more folks should manage to pass the rigid examinations imposed by altogether brief, borderline math-metal-crazy, but therefore razor-focused cuts like opener "Expulsion of Fury," "Swarm," and even the dissonance-fest "Committed." Meanwhile, longer expositions like "Conceiving Death" and "Evolution of Extinction" allow the band to broaden their dynamic range (inserting slower riffs and passages amid the reigning full-bore intensity) and develop ideas further, even though not a single one of these is ever visibly repeated. And in comparatively epic, particularly memorable efforts like "Saliga" and "Consequence of Solution," Origin respectively tips a hat to Nile's Eastern-flavored melodies before putting on a virtuosic clinic of riveting proportions. All in all, Entity arguably achieves the ultimate convergence between extreme metal's muso element and its basest savage streak thus far in Origin's impressive career; a collision between methodical civility and wanton chaos so shocking, that real life can only try to imitate its artistic manifestation here.

Customer Reviews

Death metal forever!

does anyone wonder why all these deathcore bands keep popping up and fading away as quickly as they came while death metal bands like hate eternal, cannible corpse, suffocation, and origin stick around? I can tell you why using this album as a prime example. While deathcore bands are worrying about whats trendy and busy copying and pasting breakdowns for there bands "brutal" cd, guys like Origin's paul ryan are painstakingly practicing, playing, recording, deleting. Guys like paul ryan, eric rutan, shaun LaCanne really put there hearts into there brand of metal and it shows in there product. I have a challenge for you: pick a deathcore band (doesn't matter which one for there all pretty much the same) and listen to an album then listen to Origin's Entity and tell me who deserves more respect and recognition.


I was hoping that they would be able to top antithesis, and after the first listen, it appears they did. the vocals are a little bit more clear then on past releases. the drums are stupid intense. there are more groove orientated riffs this time around too. ultimately, origin got rid of some dead weight, and put out an amazing piece of death metal.

Drummer's paradise

Absolutley amazing album. Just as technical and brutal as Hate Eternal's masterpiece that was released earlier this year. Longstreth's drumming is superhuman and is the best drumming I have heard this year. Just buy it.


Genre: Rock

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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