Technical death metal legends Origin will release a rarities album called Abiogenesis – A Coming Into Existence on May 3. The record encompasses early Origin and pre-Origin material between 1991 and 1996, and a lot of was re-recorded by Origin mastermind Paul Ryan playing all the instruments.
“‘Abiogenesis – A Coming Into Existence‘ was recorded and recreated from the original 1991-1996 era that preceded Origin‘s official formation. The album features never-before released tracks, that laid foundations to one of America’s top death metal purveyors.
The tracks on ‘Abiogensis‘ were recreated to the best of his ability, by founding Origin member & mastermind Paul Ryan, who recorded all instruments himself, between 2013 and 2018.
The twelve-track album includes eighth new (previously unreleased) tracks from the pre-Origin period, spanning from the “Necrotomy” (1990-1991) to “Thee Abomination” (1992-1993) era of the band (the ‘Abiogenesis‘ part of the album). They’re followed by a remastered version of Origin‘s first ever EP from 1998 (and first ever death metal recording to use the “gravity blast” drumming technique) as a special bonus re-release for all Origin fans & album collectors (‘A Coming Into Existence‘ part). This EP was never available for worldwide release before.”
Here's what Ryan had to say about the record.
“Over the years people have asked me how Origin just came to be as a band so ferocious virtually out of nowhere. This is a small summary of the Origins of Origin. Basically, I spent a lot of my youth at shows at the outhouse practicing garage grinding, basement blasting & shed shredding anywhere I could, composing as what my father would call ‘Infernal Racket’ as I was very passionate about death metal.
That’s all I ever wanted to do. A lot of missed opportunities as we just couldn’t put it together into making a album (some music was meant to be underground), so these tracks are some of my earliest creations from the Necrotomy (1990-1991) & Thee Abomination (1992-1993) period”.
This is by no means the current direction of the band Origin, but simply music that is the Origins of Origin. I did to the best of my ability to recreate the instrumentation of all the former members & the guys who I played this music with blended into each track (& yes there was a lot of editing!!!!). I’m officially retired from recording drums ever again!”.
Here's the tracklist, which is split into two – the pre-Origin stuff is called Abiogenesis and contains material written as Necrotomy and Thee Abomination, while A Coming Into Existence is Origin circa 1997 / 1998.
01 – “Insanity” *
02 – “Mauled” **
03 – “Autopsied Alive” **
04 – “Spastic Regurgitation” *
05 – “Bleed As Me” *
06 – “Mind Asylum” *
07 – “Infestation” *
08 – “Murderer” **
A Coming Into Existence
09 – “Lethal Mainpulation The Bone Crusher Chronicles” ***
10 – “Sociocide” ***
11 – “Manimal Instincts” ***
12 – “Inner Reflections The Pain from Within” ***
* Necrotomy (pre-Origin) 1990-91.
** Thee Abomination (pre-Origin) 1992-93.
*** Origin 1997-98.