"Origin" (Relapse; 2000)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Origin's self-titled debut is a nine-track exploration of the sinister corners of humanity. Origin uses death metal intensity and grindcore blasts as orchestration to depict a new boundary for the far reaching form of heavy metal and all of its sub-genres. With Technicolor rage and unforgiving rhythms, Origin has altered the very grammar of grindcore with weird, but likeable alchemy. 

Origin's discipline rules the day and this dedication to craft allows the band's music to penetrate your mind. Even if you were to say that you didn't like Origin I have no doubt that you would respect the band's new contributions to the extreme music scene. 

Origin has a lot to offer with its vocals. It is quite common these days to see grindcore bands with two vocalists - Nasum and Cephalic Carnage come immediately to mind). However, Origin's three-vocalist assault will saturate your senses. It's as if the band's collective psyche has been joined at the metaphysical hip and finds its voice in the verbiage of many throats. 

Origin is music manifested as though everything common has been mutated to something unique. Origin's debut is a classic case of the total is greater than the sum of its parts. 

Origin is Mark Manning on vocals, Paul Ryan and Jeremy Turner on guitars and vocals, Doug Williams on bass, and John Longsreth on drums. 

For more information visit http://www.origin-site.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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