Hate Eternal, Origin, Vital Remains, Abysmal Dawn, Cardiac Arrest | Reggie's Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Hate Eternal, Origin, Vital Remains, Abysmal Dawn, Cardiac Arrest 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., July 5, 7 p.m. 2011

The new Entity (Nuclear Blast) is the fifth album from this 14-year-old Topeka-based tech-death band, who remain much buzzed about for their, well, buzz—they accelerate the chugging guitars and hammering double kick of death metal into an intricate blur that sounds like a tightly choreographed formation of lethal robotic wasps. This is Origin's first outing with front man Jason Keyser, and the vocals stick mostly to the standard full-bore growly howl, straying only occasionally into a Donald-Duck-in-the-electric-chair squawk. Keyser puts the lyrics across as well as you'd expect, but nobody comes to an Origin record for the vocals—they come for the grinding warp-speed riffs in a pleasing diversity of odd time signatures and for the utterly sick rhythm section. Drummer John Longstreth creates a wall of sound all by himself, though it's less the Phil Spector variety and more a constantly morphing fractal fortress of self-organizing scrap iron, charging across a barren alien moonscape like an armored column. Entity is brutal throughout, but not monolithic: "Conceiving Death" has a gothic grandeur, and tracks like the aptly named "Swarm" assault your ears from all directions at once. The band's insane chops and ferocious technical complexity never get in the way of the music's physical force, which you'll especially appreciate if you're math-impaired like me. In many cases my reaction to this kind of metal is, "OK, you can play fast, I get it," but my eyes didn't glaze over once during Entity, not even on my second listen—which is higher praise than it sounds. —Monica Kendrick 17+

Price: $18, $16 in advance

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