Sound — 9
Let me start this review by saying that I despise most of the technical death metal genre. I don't like a lot of guitar "wankery," which is playing to achieve technical greatness rather than advancing the songwriting. From the outside, Origin might seem like a wanky band, but when you actually listen to the music you come to appreciate the great songwriting, and breathtaking leads, that don't just lead into guitar and drum wankery, as most tech-death seems to do. Origin has a nice sci-fi concept, and this album shows that off with perfection. It is almost void of emotion, and has a really mechanical feel to it. Ironically, it gives the album a face and really adds to the overall experience. I should mention that it's one of the most intense albums I've ever heard, and 100% relentless.
Lyrics — 10
As mentioned before, the lyrics are sci-fi based, and there are a lot of them. The lyrics are also fantastic, telling a story that piques the interest of the sci-fi nut in all of us. There are two types of vocals on this album. One is the infamous growl, and another is an ear-piercing shriek of great power. They are low in the mix, and help the music rather than barfing all over it like some tech-death bands seem to do.
Overall Impression — 8
I went into this album expecting it to be another wank-fest, and that thought ended around the middle of the first song. In "The Aftermath" alone, you can see that Origin are not dedicated to playing insane sweeps and off-beat time signatures (though those are here in abundance). The overall musicianship is some of the best I've ever heard. The only gripes I have with this album is that sometimes the ferocity of it is a bit too much, and the drums are sometimes a bit too fast resulting in monotony. These moments are few and far between, and the rest is some of the best, if not the best, technical death metal ever written.