Genre: Technical Brutal Death Metal
Origin: United States
On July 4th, 1997, Paul Ryan and Jeremy Turner, acquaintances through mutual friends, had a conversation that would change their lives. Shortly thereafter, the two guitarists/vocalists got together and started jamming with the intent to create a band embodying blistering speed, total brutality, technical proficiency, and the utmost in quality musicianship.
In October, 1997, they convinced long-time friend Clint Appelhanz to put down his guitar, pick up a bass and join them. Coincidentally, Paul was also good friends with vocalist Mark Manning, who possessed an unbelievably monstrous voice of unmatched ferocity. After hearing the damage the existing members had rendered, Mark aligned himself with the nascent group.
In January, 1998, the quartet found drummer George Fluke, who enabled the artists to push the boundaries of their music even further. Finally, after deciding on a moniker that best represented their vision, the unearthly entity known as ORIGIN was created. Four months after formation, ORIGIN landed a high-profile gig opening for SUFFOCATION, and unleashed on the unsuspecting crowd a torrent of unbelievably technical, pulverizing death metal. The band then entered the studio and recorded a four-song, self-financed and self-distributed demo entitled "A Coming Into Existence," which received rave reviews. During the summer ORIGIN played a couple more shows with bands WORMWOOD, DISASSOCIATE, DOWN BY ANGER & THE HEAVILY CREATED.
In October, 1998, ORIGIN secured an opening slot on the "Death Across America Tour which included NILE, CRYPTOPSY, OPPRESSOR and GORGUTS. In February, 1999, drummer John Longstreth (ex-ANGEL CORPSE) joined ORIGIN, replacing George Fluke, furthering the thunderous ORIGIN assault. John also brought with him bassist Doug Williams, previously of CEPHALIC CARNAGE, who would also join ORIGIN, replacing Clint Appelhanz. The revamped lineup immediately began writing new material and injecting more life and vigor into the old material, while playing many shows in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Arkansas. After obtaining the "A Coming Into Existence" demo, Relapse Records quickly welcomed ORIGIN into its family. Referencing everything from ATHIEST to SUFFOCATION, ORIGIN can only be described as a relentless musical war. Exploding forth with the intensity of a second Big Bang, ORIGIN launch cranium-collapsing projectiles of extremely fierce deathgrind, merging technicality with utter brutality.
A devastating live set at the 1999 November To Dismember (Tx.) hinted at the contents of ORIGINs self-titled debut. Their debut delivered a punishing concussion, fusing merciless staccato guitar riffing with a homicidal vocal triumvirate and a rapid-fire percussive attack that shatters the space-time continuum. Menacing tracks such as "Lethal Manipulation (The Bonecrusher Chronicles)," "Vomit You Out," "Mental Torment" and "Inner Reflections" were but a few examples of ORIGIN's extremity.
ORIGIN performed at all the major 2000 U.S. festivals including the Milwaukee Metalfest, March Metal Meltdown (Nj.), November To Dismember (Ca.) and the Midwest Metalfest (Kc.), allowing many newcomers to witness the phenomenon. The buzz on the band quickly grew as word of their uncompromising live performances spread rapidly. ORIGIN was invited to take part in Contaminated 2000 (EXHUMED & CEPHALIC CARNAGE) and the high profile Death Across America 2000 Tour - joining forces with Polands VADER and labelmates CEPHALIC CARNAGE and DYING FETUS - further annhiliating the metal masses. Soon after, ORIGIN embarked on yet another tour, this time alongside mathcore titans CANDIRIA, Canadas CRYPTOPSY and hardcore upstarts POISON THE WELL. Other tours included acts with SKINLESS, IMPALED & VADER plus a Headling tour of their own before work on the next cd. Merciless, enormous and all-encompassing,
ORIGIN delivered a sonic barrage of inhuman proportions with their next album. Introducing 2 new members James Lee on vocals (Ill-Omen) & Mike Flores(Once Living) on bass, the mind-eroding "Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas." was Faster, darker and more complex than anything the death genre has issued to date, "Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas" showcased ORIGIN's otherworldly musicianship while delivering heinous amounts of the band's unique "aggro-tech" extremity. Immediately following the release of "Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas," ORIGIN hit the road as part of the largest metal tour of the summer; with NILE, ARCH ENEMY and HATE ETERNAL. Following the tour Jeremy Turner resigned from the band & Clinton Appelhanz returned to do a tour with IMMOLATION, VADER & the BERZERKER followed by another Tour with ORIGIN, ALL THAT REMAINS, SCAR CULTURE & CREMATORIUMmore problems evolved & ORIGIN had to cancel the tour with NUCLEAR ASSAULT in Jan. 2003 & shortly thereafter John Longstreth resigned from the bandThe search was on for a new drummer & luckily enough James King (Unmerciful) was the man to fill the spot.
The band played its 1st show with the new lineup Sept.2003 in Topeka Ks. Where the ORIGIN-Portal video was done thanks to Ryan Caddell & OPTIKULT films & our loyal fans!!! The band then proceeded to due a headlining tour in Jan.2004 with UPHILL BATTLE up & down the west coast & then in the summer ORIGINdid another tour up & down the Midwest playing the Milwaukee Metalfest 2004 & The Texas Death & Grindfest with labelmates SOILENT GREEN & KILL THE CLIENT.
In 2005, ORIGIN returned with an enhanced lineup featuring drummer James King and the return of guitarist Clint Appelhanz to the devastating lineup of super-tech musicians. The band unveiled the absolutely mind-confounding album "ECHOES OF DECIMATION", which immediately stunned the metal community and catapulted ORIGIN back amongst extreme music's elite acts. With Echoes of Decimation, ORIGIN furthers their decimating combination of inexplicable speed, inhuman musicianship and unwavering brutality. Numerous U.S. tours immediately followed including headlining featured performances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and Ohio Deathfest. The band then joined forces for a summer North American tour with MALEVOLENT CREATION & ANIMOSITY blowing the doors off of every venue along the tour trail night in and night out. The tour for ORIGIN was 52 days long with only 3 shows off due to cancellation. Origin drove through over 30 states, 1 show in Mexico & over 16,000 miles were put on the odometer.
With the singular intent of inflicting an otherworldly musical battering, ORIGIN stop at nothing to overpower, achieving extreme cosmic destruction.
As of spring 2006, James King and Clint Appelhanz have left ORIGIN.
As of summer 2006, John Longstreth has returned to ORIGIN. They embarked on another summer headlining tour across North America and Paul Ryan played all guitar parts for the live ORIGIN performances.
In February/March of 2007, ORIGIN performed in Europe with labelmates Misery Index & Necrophagist.
On 20 June 2007, it was announced on ORIGIN's forums that Jeremy Turner has rejoined ORIGIN and will be writing & recording for the next ORIGIN album, which is tentatively planned for a 2008 release. ORIGIN will enter the studio sometime later in 2007, with the same line-up as on Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas.
- Origin (2000)
- Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas (2002)
- Echoes of Decimation (2005)
- Antithesis (2008)
- Entity (2011)
- Omnipresent (2014)
- A Coming into Existence (1998)
Paul Ryan - Guitars, Vocals (1997-present)
John Longstreth - Drums (1999-2003, 2006-present)
Mike Flores - Bass (2001-2008), Bass, Vocals (2008-present)
Jason Keyser - Vocals (2011-present)
Clint Appelhanz - Bass (1997-1999), Guitars, Vocals (2002-2006)
George Fluke - Drums (1997-1999)
Jeremy Turner - Guitars, Vocals (1997-2002, 2007-2010)
Mark Manning - Vocals (1997-2001)
Doug Williams - Bass (1999-2001)
James Lee - Vocals (2001-2010)
James King - Drums (2003-2006)
Mica "Maniac" Meneke - Vocals (2010-2011)