|Review: Origin - Unparalleled Universe|
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2017
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 26, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
I really loved this band's Antithesis back in 2008 – damn near a decade ago – but their subsequent offerings didn't grab me. Antithesis had a heaviness and savagery to it that I feel like they traded in for more technicality on albums like Entity, and they just became a blur of doodling and blast beats. This one, however, is better to my ears.
I mean, this is still Origin. It's a hurricane of highly technical, high-speed Death Metal, but this time they leaned a bit harder on the aggression. I do feel like the production is not as good as it could have been. Some of the rhythm work kind of turns to mush at high speed, and the guitar sound doesn't have as much bite as I would like. The whole recording is a bit too dry, and in trying to make sure we could hear everything they smoothed things out a bit too much. The songs are propulsive, but lack a bit of identity, which is kind of usual for technical Death, but for this band it is a letdown.
So overall this is decent, but it could have done with a better recording job and a bit more dedication to songcraft rather than technicality. Solid but unremarkable.
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