"Synchronicity", an album that I honestly cannot remember at all now, which is really all you need to know about it, that it is forgettable. So when I saw that the band was back with its third full length effort, I was not exactly excited over it, expecting another album that would be fairly safe. Let us just say that the band proved me wrong here.
It all starts with the album cover, which is dark as hell, but is also way more interesting than their previous two artworks. This is also reflected on the album as a whole, because "Origins" is a much more impressive release than the two previous albums combined. It is the product of a band that has gone through both changes and problems in the last couple of years, but has come out of the darkness stronger.
The most notable difference for the band is that they have cranked up the heaviness close to the max. We get more blast beats, more bone crushing riffs, more of the harsher vocals, more everything in fact. You can truly feel the new found power the band has found in almost every song. Of course, since this is metalcore we are talking about, there is a great deal of melody involved here as well, but it does mix really well, giving "Origins" a dynamic personality. I would say that there is a lot of Scar Symmetry in this album, and even some Fleshgod Apocalypse in the most apocalyptic parts.
Speaking of Scar Symmetry, guitarist Per Nilsson lends a solo on this record in "Silent Weapons", and you can really hear it is him. It is frantic, technical, and has a futuristic feel to it. It fits the song really well too, with "Silent Weapons" being one of the more futuristic songs of the album, both in style and lyrics. Two other guests are in here as well, Andy James does a solo in "Reasons" and former SikTh vocalist Justin Hill lends his vocals in "Serenity", both doing a nice job.
The most enjoyment comes from two of the guest free songs though, because here we can hear the band finally living up to their potential, putting out some great metal. "Archetype of Destruction" is a really heavy and epic song that opens the album in a splendid way, while the following song "Justify" is more melodic and catchy, sounding a lot like something Atreyu would do. "Secrets" and "Internal Dissension" are another good couple of songs, and the guest songs are also really nice, but "Circles" and "Stay Forever" are more of the old Mutiny Within, bland metalcore that in this record are just filler material. Still happy though that only 2 of 9 songs gets the thumbs down.
Without any competition, this is the strongest Mutiny Within record to date, and it gives me a lot of hope for the band in the future. While most of you might just ignore this album because it is labeled as metalcore, "Origins" is in fact more than a single genre placement can explain. This album is epic, heavy, and most importantly, highly interesting. It is an impressive comeback from a band I wanna hear more from now, and see what more they can create.
Songs worthy of recognition: Archetype of Destruction, Justify, Silent Weapons
Rating: 8/10 Secrets
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