The second installment of a track-by-track commentary on "Entity", the new album from American technical death metal innovators ORIGIN, can be found below.
John Longstreth (drums): "This is one of the two epics of the album if you don't count the first three songs as a single unit (which is fine if you do). We started working on this song in New York about two years ago in the winter. Despite its density and size, this song came together with relative ease (for me)."
Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals): "My favorite track on the album and one of the most personal when I wrote it. I didn't know if we could pull it off but we did. Took about five takes at getting the solo with the right feel. For fans of WRATH OF VISHNU!!!"
6. The Descent
Paul Ryan: "An interlude to give the listener a break. Peaceful yet dark."
John Longstreth: "MY BEST DRUM PERFORMANCE EVER!!!"
John Longstreth: "Something about this song that just gets me every time. It was a complete pain in the ass to learn, but every time I got it right I felt like I had accomplished something special. I won't speak any further on this song. Its music so it requires no words to be spoken about it."
Paul Ryan: "Influenced by two of my favorite bands DEATH and SUFFOCATION. I was listening to a lot of 'Individual Thought Patterns' and 'Pierced From Within' when I wrote the music for this one. It took a little bit to get all the stops tight but once we did it was awesome!"
Mike Flores (bass, vocals): "Yep, the end of the song was like playing a video game. Addicted to playing it because I was so close to playing it right. Took some time to understand it."
John Longstreth: "By far the most experimental thing we have done to date. Simple and to the point for me until the 'numbers section,' but totally off the hook for guitars."
Paul Ryan: "One of the craziest high pitch screechy things I have ever written. It's the song that the guy who listens to death metal brings his girlfriend that doesn't listen to metal to a show and she will be like, 'Why do you listen to this? WTF?! FML!'"
Mike Flores: "This song just sounds scary! It sounds like a horror movie seen with your ears."
Due on June 7 in North America and June 10 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records, "Entity" features the following track listing:
01. Expulsion Of Fury
03. Conceiving Death
06. The Descent
09. Banishing Illusion
10. Consequence Of Solution
11. Evolution Of Extinction
12. You Fail!
One of the most intense and technical forces of the contemporary death metal world, ORIGIN has returned to stake its claim as the leader of metal's new wave of extremity with its fifth studio effort. As expected, the death grind trio of Mike Flores (bass, vocals), Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals) and John Longstreth (drums) continues to churn out frantic, hell-paced grids of metal torment, but now further complements the arrangements with a newfound propensity for churning grooves and the hook-laden approach that first reared its ugly, but accessible head on the band's 2007 offering, "Antithesis". The band once again returned to Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas to work with longtime engineer and friend Robert Rebeck.
Catch the band, with their new frontman Jason Keyser, on tour with HATE ETERNAL, VITAL REMAINS and ABYSMAL DAWN in North America starting on June 15 at Emo's in Austin, Texas. Look for ORIGIN on the road in Europe, South America, Mexico, Asia, Australia and the rest of the world in 2011 and 2012.