"The Origin" (Shiver Records; 2007)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter


Welkin is a brutal death/deathcore outfit from Belgium that’s found a niche playing modernized death metal. The band prefers the term “sonic death metal” which is entirely appropriate given how the hybridizations of musical labels and terms have lost their meaning over the last few years. 

“The Origin” is a follow-up to a 2002 effort titled “Angel Inside” which was released by the independent label The Spew Records. “The Origin” features the kind of songwriting and production that should result from nearly five years between albums and more than one year’s worth of songwriting and studio recording. Each track on the disc fits the death metal mold, but with diverse riffs and taut arrangements “The Origin” is an engaging listen throughout.

The guitar sound on “The Origin” is compressed which results in a harsh tone that is perfect for this type of modern death metal. The band does not resort to synthesizers or other industrial/electronic treatments that could make the band seem more like bandwagon hoppers and trend followers.  The vocals seem to be slightly treated to stay within lower registers. While death metal purists and traditionalists may find fault with Welkin’s approach, many fans of the genre should appreciate … 

Welkin’s “The Origin” is a solid effort. Fans of modern death metal

“The Origin” was produced by Welkin.

Welkin is Demis on vocals, Peter and Pepijn on guitars, Jef on bass, and Frank on drums.

For more information visit http://www.welkin.be

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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