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A funny thing happens midway through the third spin of Antithesis. Drummer John Longstreth’s inhuman hailstorm of triggered gravity blasts starts to release its stranglehold, revealing a death-metal album with a higher craft to brutality ratio than we’re used to from Origin’s previous three records. The graceful, Suffocation-esque guitar arpeggios of “The Aftermath” almost push past its absurdly fast tempo; “Wrath of Vishnu” slips into Nile territory (albeit absent any of Nile’s ominous atmosphere) with modal death riffing and a surprisingly melodic, snaky solo.

 

There’s a lot of willpower involved in getting past spin number one, though: Antithesis takes nearly as much stamina to sit through as it must have taken to play. Origin’s single-minded pursuit of the extremes of speed and technique result in some thrilling moments, covered in cobwebs of sweep-picking and heralded by Origin’s beastly triple-throat vocal attack. But it also means that Paul Ryan and Jeremy Turner’s groovier riffs often get mowed over by Longstreth’s onslaught (check “Finite”). It’s not until the nine-plus-minute closer, “Antithesis,” that any space opens up for the guitars to bloom, and by that point we’re either clamoring for the next step in extremity (Brain Drill and Psyopus are there already) or too numbed by Origin's relentlessness to care. 

 

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Band: http://www.myspace.com/origin666

Label: http://www.relapse.com

  • The Aftermath
  • Algorithm
  • Consuming Misery
  • Wrath Of Vishnu
  • Finite
  • The Appalling
  • Void
  • Ubiquitous
  • The Beyond Within
  • Antithesis
Lurker of Chalice - Lurker of Chalice Excepter Debt Dept.

Great review.. devastating is nothing... chaotic was middle level this album is beyond brutality...

impetigo

This album is great! This album is a progression for ORIGIN to a more structured death metal band. It is a departure from a band that is continually striving to up themselves technically as was the case with the first three. To a band that strives for the perfect formula. ECHOES OF DECIMATION raised the bar for death metal ANTITHESIS adds feel to this higher level of song writing.

Angel Guts

I think it suffers from two problems:
A) the drums rarely back off
and more importantly
B) The sweep picking wears out its welcome very quickly, and all of the sweep patterns basically sound the same.

There are some things on here, especially later on the album that are pretty decent, but by the time i get there, i am so tired of the overdone sweep picking that i hardly care.

Malord

this album clearly exceeds speed of psyopus or brain drill's new album, in terms of "extremity"(wtf?), i couldnt compare the albums since they are really very different

man with perceptive powers

How this albums ratings got lower then Abysmal Dawn's new album amazes me. Antithesis is hands down one of the best brutal/tech albums out there.

CoCoguy

crap review, amazing album

chris brickhouse

Antithesis changed my life. Anyone who cannot accept the entire album as a meditation ritual does not deserve to critic metal.

Brutaldouche

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