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Formed: 1997
From: Topeka, KS, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Origin News

Below is our complete Origin news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Origin Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

American technical death metal act Origin has announced its signing with Nuclear Blast Records. The worldwide deal comes in time for the band to prepare its forthcoming full length album. Origin will enter Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas tomorrow with long-time engineer Robert Rebeck to record its Nuclear Blast debut.

Drummer John Longstreth commented by saying: "We are very excited to begin working on our next album under the guide of Nuclear Blast Records! Being signed to one of the largest and most successful heavy metal labels makes it only natural that you will definitely be seeing a lot more of this band. Plans are already being laid by Extreme Management Group for the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico and pretty much everywhere with a stage and (future) Origin fans. To us, it's only fitting that after 10 years, it came time to make a few positive changes so that we could continue to create this insane form of music for you. We are very excited to bring album #5 to our fans and we feel confident that our fans will not be let down."

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Allegaeon Reveals New Album Details

Colorado's ALLEGAEON has unveiled the cover art for their Metal Blade Records debut album, "Fragments of Form and Function." The art was done by Colin Marks, who is known for his artwork for Scar Symmetry, Nevermore, Strapping Youn Lad, etc. The new album marks the band's first full length release and was produced by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage) and recorded at Flatline Audio in January 2010.

Vocalist Ezra Haynes discusses the concepts behind the album, "The concept of Fragments of Form and Function is in one way or another science related theories. Some of the topics we touch base on are cryonics, stem cell research, evolution, pharmaceutical structure and so on."

The "Fragments Of Form And Function" tracklisting is as follows:

01. The Cleansing
02. The Renewal
03. Across The Folded Line
04. The God Particle
05. Biomech - Vals No. 666
06. From Seed To Throne
07. Atrophy Of Hippocrates
08. Point Of Disfigurement
09. A Cosmic Question
10. Accelerated Evolution More...

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Brutal Assault Festival Confirms Two More Bands

The organisers of the Czech Republics Brutal Assault festival has announced two more bands for this years edition of the event. New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front will now be performing at the festival, along with other new confirmation, Swedish black metal artists Watain. The festival takes place in the town of Josefov from August 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Origin Parts Ways With Vocalist

Kansas metal band Origin has issued the following update:

"Origin and Extreme Management Group, Inc. are proud to announce the first set of dates for Origin's 2010 spring/summer tour campaign. Origin will be visiting Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever and will also be returning to Europe. We can not wait to return to our European friends and fans, and look forward to meeting new people in Australia and New Zealand."

"As it's been speculated elsewhere, James Lee is no longer a part or Origin. After 9 plus years with the band, it unfortunately came time for Lee and Origin to part ways."

"On these tours, please welcome to the stage Mica (Maniac) Meneke (Sol Asunder, Ontogeny, The Faceless, Legion Victorious) on vocals. We are confident that Origin will raise the bar in 2010. We have a few surprises in store, so get ready."

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Dying Fetus To Headline "Thrash And Burn" Tour

Dying Fetus will headline the third installment of the “Thrash And Burn" tour as it returns to Europe in early April. Joining Dying Fetus for this month-long tour is Origin, Beneath the Massacre, Revocation, and Man Must Die. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

4/9 Karlsruhe, Germany Substage
4/10 Essen, Germany Turock
4/11 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
4/13 Copenhagen, Denmark The Rock
4/14 Berlin, Germany S036
4/15 Nitra, Slovakia Nova Pekaren
4/16 Leipzing, Germany Theaterfabrik
4/17 Wurzburg, Germany Posthalle
4/18 Wien, Austria Arena
4/19 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk
4/20 Graz, Austria Seifenfabrik
4/21 Bologna, Italy Estragon
4/22 Milan, Italy Tunnel
4/23 Erstfeld, Switzerland Transilvania Live
4/24 Savigny, France Le Temple Emprunte
4/25 Rennes, France Ubu
4/26 Gent, Belgium Minus One
4/27 London, UK Underworld
4/28 Newport, UK TJ’s
4/29 Manchester, UK Club Academy
4/30 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy

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Enemy Reign Confirmed For Neurotic Deathfest 2010

Colorado extreme metallers ENEMY REIGN were recently added to the illustrious Neurotic Deathfest 2010 lineup! The Neurotic Deathfest is Europe's premier indoor death metal event. Originally known as the Rotterdam Deathfest (2004 and 2005), the organizers changed the name to Neurotic Deathfest in 2006 when they decided to move the festivities to a new venue and city.

Other confirmed bands are as follows (in alphabetical order) :
Beneath The Massacre
Bolt Thrower
Defeated Sanity
Dying Fetus
Dr. Doom
Enemy Reign
Insidious Decrepancy
Human Mincer
Lock Up
Napalm Death
Six Feet Under
Viral Load More...

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Misery Index Announces New Tour Dates

Misery Index has announced they will be playing a string of tour dates in Australia and New Zealand in April 2010. Misery Index will be playing alongside Psycroptic and Origin. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

4/1 – Transmission Room, Auckland, Lic/AA
4/2 – The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne, 18+
4/3 - The Gaelic Club, Sydney, 18+
4/4 – The Hifi, Brisbane, 18+
4/5 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, Lic/AA
4/6 – Black Bettys, Perth, 18+

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Summer Slaughter Murders New Orleans

The Summer Slaughter Fest is correctly named. When the tour arrives in your town, prepare for a bloodbath of immense proportions. Decibel, Affliction and Fangoria bring you a huge tour consisting of Blackguard, Decrepit Birth, After the Burial, Beneath the Massacre, Origin, Born of Osiris, Dying Fetus, Winds of Plague, Darkest Hour, Ensiferum, Suffocation, and Necrophagist with Behemoth joining the show on some dates. Impressed? Did I also mention that the ticket prices are extremely affordable to fit into your budget during this economic downturn? That’s a deal you can’t beat. So if you’re lucky enough to have a Slaughter in your town this summer, I suggest you don’t miss it.

In the sweltering, higher-than-average heat of New Orleans, the Summer Slaughter Tour stops to do a little killing. It wasn’t an official stop, but I would like to thank all of the bands for taking their day off to rock our town. The madness began at three o’clock. All of the bands kicked ass for about half an hour each. Blackgaurd, After the Burial, Origin, Beneath the Massacre and Darkest Hour were all incredible. Their merchandise was also very interesting, but with so many bands, I couldn’t afford it all. Music was blaring from the small tunnel-shaped hall that could be heard blocks away. Band members, roadies and helpful fans were constantly moving equipment in and out to accommodate the large number of bands. Yes, it was a bit hectic. But it all added to the excitement and fun nature of the show. More...

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UK Death Fest Announces Final Line Up

The first-ever UK Deathfest, happening on May 3rd in Leeds, UK has hammered out their final line up. It looks like it will be a fantastic show. The line up for the UK Deathfest is:

Vader (Headlining)
The Rotted
Leng Tch'e
Lazarus Blackstar
Black Sun
Infected Disarray

Tickets run £19.50; priced low in light of our current economic situation. If you haven't heard some of the bands, you can go to the UK Deathfest Myspace to hear some sample songs.

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Bands Announced For Summer Slaughter 2009

This year's edition of the Summer Slaughter tour will be headlined by death metal legends Necrophagist and will also feature fellow death metal favourites Suffocation, along with Darkest Hour, Dying Fetus, Origin, Born Of Osiris, After The Burial and Winds Of Plague. Beneath The Massacre and Decrepit Birth will also be performing on the first half of the tour, with Ensiferum and Blackguard replacing them afterwards. Stay tuned for details.

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Origin Announces European Tour Dates

Kansas based death metal group Origin will be heading out on a tour of Europe next month to support their latest release, "Antithesis." No word on who the support act has been released yet.

The tour dates are as follows:

24 - Leipzig, Germany - Scheddel
25 - Munchen, Germany - Feierwerk
26 - Pinerella Di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet
30 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Little Devil

1 - Essen, Germany Turock
2 - Barroselas, Portugal - SWR Barroselas Metalfest
3 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Leeds Met Student Union (as part of UK Death Fest)
4 - Belfast, Ireland - Auntie Annie’s
5 - Dublin, Ireland - Fibber Magees
6 - Bristol, United Kingdom - The Croft
7 - London, United Kingdom - Barfly
8 - Oostende, Belgium - Jeugdhuis OHK
9 - Odense, Denmark - Posten Metal Fest
10 - Rostock, Germany - Zwischenbau
11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Black Pes Club
12 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Tancirna
13 - Spisska, Slovakia - Nova Ves
14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Orto Bar
15 - Millstatt, Austria - Bergwerk
16 - Delemont, Switzerland - Sas Music Club
17 - Martigny, Switzerland - Les Caves De Manoir

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Vote In MetalStorm's Annual Awards

Metalstorm.Eu are holding their annual awards and they want you to vote for who you want to win. You need to register to vote and you can check it out by heading here. The categories for the awards are as follows:

Best albums by genre:

Alternative Metal
Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Avantgarde Metal
Black Metal
Death Metal
Doom Metal
Extreme Doom Metal
Gothic Metal
Hard Rock
Heavy Metal
Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Power Metal
Progressive Metal
Sludge/Stoner Metal
Thrash Metal

Other awards:

The Best Cover Song
The Best Debut Album
The Best DVD
The Best Video
The Biggest Letdown
The Biggest Surprise

Special awards :

The Best Drama

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Abysmal Dawn Announces New Guitarist

Abysmal Dawn have issued the following post tour update:

"We're back from an extremely successful Relapse Contamination tour with MISERY INDEX and ORIGIN! After two blown tires, a new alternator, a major tune up, some trailer light rewiring and massive amounts of liquor consumed, we've made it back alive! We'd like to thank all the fans that came out to support us and all the cool people we met along the way. It was great touring with MISERY INDEX, ORIGIN and their crews and we hope our paths cross again in the near future!"

"In other news, after almost five years together ABYSMAL DAWN have parted ways with guitarist Jamie Boulanger. Currently Jamie has other priorities that he needs to take care of in his life, including his new baby girl. We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors." More...

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Origin Announces Tour Dates

Origin have announced the initial dates of an upcoming tour with Misery Index and Fuck The Facts.

The initial tour dates are as follows:

September 28 - Boston, MA @ The Church of Boston
September 29 - New York, NY @ Rebel
September 30 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
October 1 - Aurora, IL @ Doug’s Rockhouse

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More Relapse Records Contamination Tour 2008 Dates

More dates have been announced for the 2008 installment of the Relapse Records Contamination Tour featuring ORIGIN, MISERY INDEX, and ABYSMAL DAWN. The MySpace Metal, Decibel Magazine, Sick Drummer, and XM Radio Liquid Metal sponsored tour kicks off on July 21st in St. Louis, MO.

ORIGIN recently released their new album, "Antithesis," to significant critical acclaim. The band has just returned home from their first-ever European headlining tour and has debuted their first video for Antithesis track "Finite" online via Headbanger's Blog (international / non-US viewers can view the video on YouTube). Tracks taken from Antithesis and a complete listing of ORIGIN tour dates can be found now via the band's MySpace: MySpace.com/Origin666.

Grindcore powerhouse MISERY INDEX recently completed work on their new full-length album, "Traitors." "Traitors" will see a September 30th North American release date (October 6th internationally). MISERY INDEX has also released a digital-only EP, "Dead Sam Walking," that features a recent collection of vinyl-only material and live tracks that can be accessed here. Studio updates and audio samples can be accessed via the band's official MySpace page.

ABYSMAL DAWN recently released their Relapse debut, "Programmed To Consume." Audio samples taken from "Programmed To Consume" and a listing of upcoming tour dates can be found via the band's MySpace page.

The Contamination Tour has been a label vehicle used to expose some of its newest and most exciting bands. Previous Contamination Tour alumni include MASTODON, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, NEUROSIS, NILE, HIGH ON FIRE, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, COALESCE, DYSRHYTHMIA, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, and many more.

Here are the latest RELAPSE RECORDS CONTAMINATION TOUR 2008 dates, featuring ORIGIN, MISERY INDEX, and ABYSMAL DAWN: More...

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Origin Drummer Featured On Cover Of Sick Drummer

ORIGIN drummer John Longstreth will be the featured cover artist on the first cover of the newest digital drumming magazine, Sick Drummer Magazine. Longstreth’s cover feature, which debuts July 1st and can be previewed here, includes an exclusive interview and a full set video focusing on Longstreth’s movements and techniques during a recent live performance. To receive this first issue of Sick Drummer Magazine, subscribe for free at SickDrummerMagazine.com.

This premiere issue of Sick Drummer Magazine will also include an interview and exclusive in-studio footage with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE) conducted during his time recording the new MISERY INDEX album. Other interviews include Romain Goulon and Tommy Buckley, with columns by Charlie Zeleny, Sean Reinert, and Chris Pennie.

Sick Drummer Magazine, from the founders of Grind Stix and Sickdrummer.com, will also feature regular column contributions from world-renowned percussionists Derek Roddy, Sean Reinert, Charlie Zeleny, Chris Pennie, John Merryman, Steve Asheim, Tom Ales, George Kollias, Franck Camus, Bobby Jarzombek, Dave Culross, Adam Jarvis, Elliot Hoffman, Tim Yeung, Duane Timlin, Eric Park, Gus Rios and more. The magazine will also include contributions from professional recording engineers on drum preparation for live and studio work.

ORIGIN is currently amidst a headlining tour of Europe in support of their new album "Antithesis," has has just recenlty announced a US tour with Misery Index and Abysmal Dawn.

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Origin/Misery Index Announce Tour

Origin has announced that they will be joining Abysmal Dawn and Misery Index for Relapse Records' "Contamination Tour 2008" this summer. Confirmed are as follows:

July 21 St. Louis, MO- Rockstar Nightclub
July 22 Fayetteville, AR- The OPO
July 25 Victoria, TX- Sun Valley Ranch
July 26 Austin, TX- Red 7
July 28 El Paso, TX- Chics
July 29 Farmington, NM- Gator's
July 30 Phoenix, AZ- Modified Arts
July 31 San Marcos, CA- Jumping Turtle
August 1 Hollywood, CA- Safari Sams
August 2 Oakland, CA- The Metro
August 3 Portland, OR- Satyricon
August 4 Roseburg, OR- Riversdale Grange
August 5 Seattle, WA- Studio Seven
August 7 Salt Lake City, UT- Club Vegas
August 8 Colorado Springs, CO- Black Sheep
August 9 Lawrence, KS- The Jackpot

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Origin Premieres “Finite” Video

ORIGIN premiered their video for "Finite," the first from their brand new album, "Antithesis," yesterday on Headbanger's Blog, the online forum for MTV's 'Headbanger's Ball' (international / non-US viewers can view the video on YouTube). The "Finite" video will see its televised premiere on today's (May 24) edition of Headbanger's Ball on MTV2.

The video was shot in Brooklyn, NY with director David Brodsky for MyGoodEye. ORIGIN is currently on tour in support of Antithesis, rounding out their U.S. run with labelmates DYING FETUS over the weekend followed by a month-long headlining tour of Europe. ORIGIN will also be performing at a number of festivals while in Europe including Hellfest, Protzen Open Air, Neurotic Death Fest, Death Feast Fest, and more.

ORIGN released "Antithesis" in early April, breaking in at #21 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Audio samples taken from "Antithesis" can be heard now via the band's official MySpace and this media player.

Here are Origin's latest tour dates, with more expected to be announced soon: More...

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Obituary Cancel U.S. Tour

Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have issued the following update:

"We regret to inform you for reasons beyond our control we must cancel this May tour. We wanna thank everyone for their hard work and dedication for this tour and we WILL reschedule this for September 2008... Look for updates."

OBITUARY's May tour was scheduled to include DYING FETUS, ORIGIN and THY WILL BE DONE.

A rare OBITUARY track, entitled "Executioner Returns", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song originally appeared on the limited-edition digipack version of the Florida-based death metal band's latest CD, "Xecutioner's Return", which came out last year.

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Grave Plan US Tour with Monstrosity

Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE will embark on a 20th-anniversary U.S. tour in May. Support on the trek will come from MONSTROSITY, ABYSMAL DAWN and STRONG INTENTION.

So far the following dates have been announced:

May 08 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 09 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero (w/ OBITUARY, DYING FETUS, ORIGIN)
May 26 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
May 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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