Origin is a technical death metal band from Topeka, Kansas, founded in 1998. They have been recognized by music critics and metal fans alike for combining a harsh sound with a high level of technical skill. Origin's music is characterized by almost exclusive use of several specific, difficult playing techniques: blast beats on the drum kit, multiple death growled vocals, and arpeggios and sweep picking on both the guitars and the bass guitar. Their songs often have uneven, shifting time signatures. In spite of Origin's obscurity, the extremity of their music, and their lack of an official website, in 2008 they scored a minor American hit with the release of their fourth studio album, Antithesis which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Top Heatseakers chart. After multiple national tours, many in which they were one of the headlining acts, Origin finally toured internationally with much success. Their videos have been featured on MTV2’s Head Bangers Ball, and they continue to pack venues from coast to coast. Paul Ryan is the only member who has been continuously in the band since it formed and is one of Decibel magazine’s Top 25 Modern Metal Guitarists.
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