Origin - _Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas_
(Relapse, 2002)
by: Adam Lineker (8.5 out of 10)
It has been a while since I heard anything this violent. Beginning with a buzzing of flies that soon becomes a pulse, _Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas_ simply chunders into life and pummels the listener into a sticky mess. Origin's brand of brutal death metal is mercilessly intense and only rarely is the pace ever slowed. As both bass and guitar churn and thump out thick, soupy riffage, prominent drums batter away relentlessly. If the band were not so tight then this would not sound anywhere near as powerful, yet they perform with startling precision. With the reigns kept tight on the aural assault below him, vocalist James Lee is able to perform as he bellows, screams and garbles his way through a range of extreme vocal styles in a visceral and dramatic fashion. Origin's onslaught is put through a heavy mix with only the drums being polished up by triggering; aside from this, the rough edges are not only present but also form part of the character of their sound. We are graced with fret squeaks, bass pops and muffled distortion, but it all seems to lend itself well to Origin's style. Lyrically we are treated to lengthy odes of hatred that have more than a few awkward turns of phrase, but it hardly matters as it is all belted out with guts and intensity. With such an intensity being maintained throughout _Informis..._, Origin can become slightly one dimensional, but it is made all the more absorbing by the passion with which it is performed. Although the impenetrability of the metal all but obscures whatever melodic sensibilities Origin might possess, killer riffs are consistently hammered out -- though it is all a little hard to remember, as it blazes past in a violent blur. It is always a pleasure to hear a band that imposes its music upon you rather than aiming for accessibility, and it is safe to say that Origin have never heard of the word 'compromise'. Overall _Informis..._ is absorbing and solid, even enticing the listener back for more as it seems to end all too soon. This is brutal and technical death metal with attitude and presence.

Contact: http://www.origin-site.com

(article published 16/3/2003)

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