Antithesis (Origin album)

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Antithesis
Studio album by Origin
Released April 1, 2008
Genre Technical death metal, death metal
Length 42:10
Label Relapse
Producer Origin
Origin chronology
Echoes of Decimation
(2005)
Antithesis
(2008)
Entity
(2011)

Antithesis is the fourth studio album by technical death metal band Origin. It was released through Relapse Records, on April 1, 2008. It peaked at #21 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blabbermouth.net 9/10 stars[4]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[5]

The Allmusic review by Greg Prato awarded the album 3.5 stars stating "Although death metal and prog metal are usually thought of as two different subgenres of heavy metal, in certain cases, there's really not much differentiating the two. Case in point, Origin, and their 2008 release, Antithesis. Although they are extreme sounding in just about every way imaginable (guttural growls, stop-start riffing, metronome-perfect drumming, etc.), the instrumental prowess of Origin's players is mighty impressive here. But be forewarned -- there's not an ounce of melody detected anywhere (just front to back metallic brutality), as evidenced by such over the top assaults as the album opener, "The Aftermath," as well as "Consuming Misery" and "Wrath of Vishnu," among others. Whether you love it or hate it, most would have to agree that Origin's Antithesis is certainly death metal at its most complex and challenging. ".[6]

According to Kerrang! which gave the album 4 stars, the band "...once again pack in more untrammelled ferocity and sheer sonic destruction then can be good for anyone's health". "The album hurtles by on a torrent of almost inhuman blasting, technical fret mangling and the vomitous vocal of James Lee. While there is always a problem that music that relentless can become a little one-dimensional, the blistering intensity demands your attention from violent start to battered finish", reviewer Dan Slesser writes, picking out "the jaw-dropping" 9.5 minute closing title track as the CD's highlight which "definitely slams the door in the face of all corners".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "The Aftermath"   Paul Ryan 4:39
2. "Algorithm"   Jeremy Turner 3:32
3. "Consuming Misery"   Turner, Mike Flores 4:06
4. "Wrath of Vishnu"   Paul Ryan 4:44
5. "Finite"   Paul Ryan 3:08
6. "The Appalling"   Turner, Flores 2:55
7. "Void"   John Longstreth 0:40
8. "Ubiquitous"   Turner, Flores 5:34
9. "The Beyond Within"   Paul Ryan 3:20
10. "Antithesis"   Paul Ryan 9:32
Total length:
42:10

The quote before the title track Antithesis is from J. Robert Oppenheimer. He is best known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project: the World War II effort to develop the first nuclear weapons at the secret Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. In reference to the Trinity test in New Mexico, where his Los Alamos team first tested the bomb, Oppenheimer famously recalled the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

Antithesis was ranked # 7 on Decibel Magazine's Top 40 Metal Releases of 2008

Antithesis was ranked # 6 on Metal Maniacs Top 40 metal Releases of 2008

The Antithesis album poster appears in the movie "The Crazies"

At 25:42 in the movie GAMER you will see the cover of Antithesis [7]

The cover bears strong resemblance to a portrait of a xenomorph that was painted by H.R. Giger.[8]

Was released as CD & limited edition Colored Vinyl

Ranked # 85 on Decibel Magazine's Top 100 Death Metal Albums of All Time

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Arranged & Produced By Origin
  • Engineered By Robert Rebeck
  • Mastered By Scott Hull

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/317070/origin/chart
  2. ^ "About.com review". Heavymetal.about.com. 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  3. ^ Prato, Greg (2008-04-01). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Blabbermouth.net review". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  5. ^ a b Slessor, Dan. Kerrang! #1208, May 03, 2008, Albums. p.49.
  6. ^ Prato, G. Allmusic Review accessed April 15, 2011
  7. ^ "Antithesis cover in the movie Gamer Photos from ORIGIN (ORIGIN) on Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]