Published Jul 04, 2014When it comes to technical death metal, the catalogue of Kansas band Origin is spotless. Their latest effort, Omnipresent, is no different. The follow-up to 2011's impeccable Entity is just as impressive, filled with Origin's brand of super intense, blasting tech-death. Omnipresent showcases founding member Paul Ryan's skilful guitar work and songwriting prowess; he has further honed the tricky balance between over-the-top, arpeggio-sweeping technicality ("Permanence") and straightforward, groovy aggression ("Absurdity of What I Am").
The album marks the band's first recording with vocalist Jason Keyser (ex-Skinless, Mucopus), who has been touring with Origin since the release of Entity. Keyser's harsh, barking growls command from the start with "All Things Dead" and grasp like a chokehold during tracks "Thrall:Fulcrum:Apex" and "Manifest Desolate," while drummer extraordinaire John Longstreth's pulverizing blasts remain as relentless as ever. Produced by Robert Rebeck and mixed/mastered by Colin Marston, Origin have unleashed a flawless-sounding, monolithic recording. With stunning artwork by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Kataklysm, Exodus) to match, Omnipresent is yet another unparalleled offering from one of tech-death's finest. (Nuclear Blast)