Album Review: Unparalleled Universe, by ORIGIN

I have been in possession of the almighty Origin‘s newest full length, Unparalleled Universe, for about a little over two weeks now.  I have been waiting for this album since before they announced that their touring cycle for Omnipresent had come out.  And I can honestly say that I have listened to it so much that it feels like I’ve owned it for years.

I’m at the point in my writing/ editing of this article that I’m not sure that my words can even do this album justice, and its becoming increasingly more difficult to convey my opinions adequately. But, I digress.

So, here goes nothing?

Origin takes zero time cutting to the chase; no soft acoustic intro, no ambient intro track, just straight up in your face technical brutality. Tracks 1-3, “Infinitesimal to the Infinite”, “Accident and Error”, and “Cascading Failures, Diminishing Returns“, respectively, are quintessential, typical modern Origin.  You should check out the sweet 360* video for “Accident and Error” here!

Things take a little turn around with track 5. “Truthslayer” (drum playthrough here) is less technical and a lot more thrashy. Track 6, “Invariance Under Transformation” follows suit but is slower and crunchier. Track 7, “Dajjal” returns the album to its technicality, but with heavy Middle-Eastern influence.

Track 9, though.

I am an absolute sucker for 8+ minute epics, and I am beyond ecstatic that Origin has delivered again, with “Unequivocal”.  It starts off like “Accident and Error”, with Origin’s signature technical speed and brutality, but at around the five-minute mark, there’s a long guitar hang before the awesome riffing starts again.  Subsequently, the instrumental outro of this tune from that point on is truly epic, though simplistic for the band, as the song closes out. The chord progressions and tremolo overlays during the last few sections of the song are very reminiscent of atmospheric black metal and melodic death metal. Origin definitely took a step out of their comfort zone for this one, but to me, it’s more than a welcome change. It sounds like the perfect ending track to an incredible space odyssey film soundtrack.

Honestly, this entire album is absolutely fucking beautiful, and Origin has hit so many nails on the head with Unparalleled Universe.

The only negative thing I have to say about this album deals with the placement of Origin’s cover of Brujeria’s “Revolucion”. “Unequivocal” was the perfect way to let this album end and I think the Brujeria cover being the 10th and final track just doesn’t work. But of course, that’s just my opinion.

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If you’re down for a little road trip and a lot of deathcore, Origin will be joined by The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, The Faceless and many more on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour.  All dates, including Slaughter off dates are listed here! If you’ve never gotten a chance to see them before, I firmly believe you should. It isn’t just Jason’s amazing stage presence, Paul’s super sweeps, Mike’s intricate bass lines or John’s speedy blast beats and fills. It’s the whole package.

And in an age when bands pop up, die off and fade into the depths of memories and The Metal Archives in a flash, Origin has surely proven their position in the extreme metal community, celebrating their 20th birthday this year.  Surely, what better way to do so than to drop their seventh full length and quite possibly the best in their arsenal?  So, cheers to the Origin boys, their longevity, and their continuing musical evolution.

And if you thought I was going to write an Origin article and NOT slap my meme in here, you were WRONG.

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