Origin is an American technical/brutal death metal band. Characterized by their incredibly fast and technical music and the extreme proficiency of all their instrumentalists, as well as their tendency to focus on cohesive songwriting a lot more than their contemporaries, Origin has become one of the biggest names in technical death metal over the years, having played multiple high-profile festivals and headlining tours.
Formed in 1997 in Topeka, Kansas by guitarists Paul Ryan and Jeremy Turner (the former not to be confused with the politician of the same name, obviously), the band quickly picked up Clint Appelhanz (bass) and Mark Manning (vocals), along with George Fluke (drums) shortly after. This lineup would go on to release a demo, though Fluke and Appelhanz left soon after and were replaced by John Longstreth and Doug Williams, respectively. This lineup was the one that gained them a contract with Relapse Records and released their self-titled debut; in the time between their debut and their second album, Manning and Williams left and were replaced by James Lee and Mike Flores. For a while after, the band continued to go through numerous lineup changes, though things finally settled down after Lee left; as of now, the lineup consists of Ryan, Flores, and Longstreth, along with Jason Keyser of Skinless fame on vocals.
* ''A Coming Into Existence'' (1998) - demo/EP, only release with Fluke
* ''Origin'' (2000)
* ''Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas'' (2002)
* ''Echoes of Decimation'' (2005) - only full-length to not feature Longstreth on drums, with James King (of later Unmerciful fame) taking his place
* ''Antithesis'' (2008)
* ''Entity'' (2011) - only release without a dedicated vocalist, with Ryan and Flores assuming duties
The band provides examples of the following tropes:
* TheAlcoholic: James Lee developed a reputation for excessive drinking over the years, something that is suspected to be the main reason why he was kicked out.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Sort of. Longstreth is known for his machine-like precision live, but his rather... unusual facial expressions have become well-known.
* BadassBookworm: John Longstreth is one of the fastest and most technically-skilled drummers in metal, but he's also a jazz musician with decades of experience and a highly-skilled Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner.
* DeathMetal: Obviously.
* [[FiveManBand Four Man Band]]:
** TheLeader: Ryan
** TheLancer: Flores
** TheBigGuy: Keyser
** TheSmartGuy: Longstreth
* EpicRocking: The title track to ''Antithesis'' is almost ten minutes, while "Consequence of Solution" is a little over seven and "Saligia" is slightly under seven.
* FatBastard: James Lee apparently qualified as this thanks to his heavy drinking and obnoxious behavior while drunk.
* GenreRoulette: ''Entity'', in addition to their standard lightspeed tech-death, experimented with deathgrind (Banishing Illusion), noisegrind (Committed), and classic-style death metal (Evolution of Extinction), with many of the individual songs also taking unexpected turns into other genres.
* HellIsThatNoise: ''Committed'' is a bizarre and incredibly unsettling noise-grind track that is legitimately uncomfortable to listen to thanks to the ear-piercing screeching from Ryan's guitar in the bridge.
* LargeHam: Keyser is well-known for his live banter.
* LeadBassist: Mike Flores qualifies for Type A, B, and C, being renowned for his truly incredible speed and technical ability, frequent backing vocal contributions (as well as assuming vocal duties along with Ryan on ''Entity''), and status as one of the two main songwriters.
* LoudnessWar: Surprisingly averted (for the most part) with the last two. ''Antithesis'' had decent dynamic range but still had noticeable clipping issues and general muddiness, but ''Entity'', while slightly more compressed, took great pains to avoid clipping, creating a wonderfully crisp, balanced, and engrossing mix that set a fantastic example for how modern death metal albums should aspire to sound.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Solid 10, occasionally 11.
* MinisculeRocking: Most of the material off their first few albums was in the two-minute range, while "Purgatory" and "Banishing Illusion" (both off of Entity) are under two minutes.
* MotorMouth: James Lee was renowned for this (and so is Jason Keyser, by extent).
* NewSoundAlbum: Pretty much every album.
** ''Informis'' significantly increased the technicality; while their debut was technical, it hadn't quite reached the levels of their later material.
** ''Echoes'' increased the technicality even more, emphasizing Ryan's sweep-picking abilities quite heavily. It was also their only album with James King on drums, who focused much less on technical patterns and fills and more on pure, unrelenting speed.
** ''Antithesis'' featured much longer and more varied songs in general, including a nearly ten-minute title track. It was also where Ryan began to use guitar solos.
** ''Entity'' bridged the longer and more involved songs of ''Antithesis'' with the shorter songs of their earlier material in addition to experimenting with different genres.
* ThePeteBest: Fluke played on one EP, left the band, and more or less disappeared from the music business in general.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Flores is known for his short stature, but the man's bass-playing abilities are truly awe-inspiring.
* PromotedFanboy: Jeremy Turner briefly played for Music/CannibalCorpse when Jack Owen left and they weren't able to find a full-time replacement fast enough.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Yep. They've been through a LOT of changes, with Ryan being the only remaining founder.
* SignatureSong: ''The Aftermath'', ''Portal'', ''Expulsion of Fury'', and ''Finite'' all qualify, being live staples and fan favorites.
* SignatureStyle: Absurdly fast (270+ BPM is common) material with extremely complex tremolo riffs and "laser beam" sweeps, along with extremely fast and frequently odd-timed blastbeats and double bass, as well as plenty of fills and jazzy flourishes. Basswork frequently consists of extremely fast sweeping and tapping, while vocals make heavy use of MotorMouth and frequently switch between high shrieks, low-grunts, and a mid-ranged roar.
* TechnicalDeathMetal: One of the most prominent examples.
* UncommonTime: Very, very frequently.
* UpToEleven: In general as far as technical death goes, but especially live. Some technical death acts have trouble pulling off some of their more complicated material live; Origin actually plays it even FASTER without a hitch.