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. 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, Colorado, New Mexico 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 hinted at the contents of ORIGIN’s 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, Metal Meltdown, November To Dismember and the Midwest Metalfest, 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 the high profile Death Across America 2000 Tour - joining forces with Poland’s 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, Canada’s CRYPTOPSY and hardcore upstarts POISON THE WELL.
Merciless, enormous and all-encompassing, ORIGIN delivered a sonic barrage of inhuman proportions with their next album, the mind-eroding "Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas." 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.
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, blowing the doors off of every venue along the tour trail night in and night out. The tour is expected to run through August, 2005 with more touring to follow.
With the singular intent of inflicting an otherworldly musical battering, ORIGIN stop at nothing to overpower, achieving extreme cosmic destruction.