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Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas

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  • Thus quoteth Alan Rickman in the film _Dogma_, as sampled in the intro to “Inhuman” – perhaps one of the funniest and most appropiately-themed samples I’ve ever heard in any form of music.

    What can be said about Origin that has not yet already? Probably very little. However, I’ll give it a shot.

    The instrumentation is simply ridiculous in its delivery. The endless shredding on the three sets of fretboards from guitarists Paul and Jeremy, and bassist Mike Flores, combined with the explosive and machine gun-like battery of John J. Longstreth, make for never-ending stretches of barrage (in perhaps three tempos: fast, ultra-fast, and inhuman fast); it is this jazz-like unpredictability that makes Origin’s music a risk to anyone with a knack for headbanging (one is fairly likely to either break their neck or even be decapitated as a result!). And let’s not forget the vocals: James’ berserk, chillingly inhuman grunting, screaming, and growling (often dovetailed by equally effective backing vocals from Paul and Jeremy) recite often very long and complicated passages of verse with an almost absurd dexterity.

    This is technical music from another dimension. Highly recommended for fans of the Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, and some of the more or less “typical” technical death metal bands like Morbid Angel and Nile. For more great over-the-top technical death, check out Necrophagist and Psyopus.

    Finally, I’d recommend putting IcyHot on your neck *before* hitting the PLAY button when this CD is in your player.

    Posted on December 16, 2009