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Review: Origin - Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas
Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas

Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 28:32
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: February 17, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
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Rated 3.47/5 (69.47%) (19 Votes)

Origin is a death metal band that puts technicality at the forefront of the music and ends up making Dream Theater look pretty tame in comparison. There is undeniable talent here, but an absence of cohesiveness in the songwriting. There's a lack of backbone to be found with the band, as the instruments don't come together to create a fluid whole. There are a few moments when the songs have portions that emerge from the chaos, like when it slows down in "Portal", but for the most part the music is wild and there is little order to be found.

The musicianship is impressive on this album, but the inability to craft a coherent song for its entire length is disappointing. Origin would be better if they could gel more musically on the whole. Of course, there are metal fans that will find moments to appreciate amongst the rabid insanity this disc offers, but there will also be those that question the ability of the band to construct memorable songs as well. There is a serious approach to the brutality to be found on this disc and it makes the songs even more soulless to listen to. If technicality is an aspect you admire, then by all means check this out and try to find a meaning amongst the madness.

It's possible to wallow in the technical skills of the band alone and derive some enjoyment, but hard to find a meaning or purpose to the songs. One can also stick with albums like Necroticism, Close to a World Below, Left Hand Path and Evangelion to satisfy their needs for well-constructed death metal. Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas is an effort that can easily be skipped.

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