2017 - Technical Brutal Death Metal from United States
For 20 years, Origin has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. However, 2017's Unparalleled Universe sees the quartet strengthen that blueprint with a handful of surprises. "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," says guitarist/vocalist Paul Ryan. "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." In January 2017, Ryan headed to Chapman Studios in Kansas City, KS to record alongside longtime collaborator and engineer Rob Rebeck (Tech N9ne). In under a month, they emerged with the ten songs comprising Unparalleled Universe and an expanded sonic palette. Opener "Infinitesimal To The Infinite" gallops forward on a steamrolling rush of riffage as Jason Keyser's screams take hold. "Invariance Under Transformation" tempers a trudging, doom-y groove with a dark hiss and brutal stomp and the dynamic. "Cascading Failures and Diminishing Returns" bludgeons and burns, while "Accident And Error" barrels ahead on a double bass air raid with smart bomb precise sweeping arpeggios.