Origin: Omnipresent

Deathly technicians reaffirm their supremacy

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A suffocating surfeit of technique and sonic sterility may have driven many death metal bands to plunge backwards towards more organic, less blasé values in recent times, but Origin continue to be the exception

For all their blurred-finger extremity and precision, the Kansas crew have always managed to inject their sound with a sense of cosmic otherness and overwhelming power, and Omnipresent upholds that tradition. New vocalist Jason Keyser’s influence should not be underestimated. His unholy roar provides these devastating bursts of speed and dexterity with a feral focal point and a sense that the likes of Unattainable Zero and Manifest Desolate are exercises in bold human curiosity, rather than robotic showmanship. Beyond that, Origin’s ability to groove and grind sets them apart from their tech-obsessed contemporaries. The untrained ear may struggle to cope with the band’s sustained onslaught, but within the aural warzone of Source Of Icon O and Malthusian Collapse there are many gleaming hooks and moments of syncopated fury that once again prove that Origin are a unique and laudable force.

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Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.