Origins – M-Opus (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

Just Wow.

I’ve been listening to ‘Origins’ for the last few days, it’s been playing from start to finish so I can take in exactly what is going on and, to put it mildly; a lot is going on.

To sum up the album would take a while, in short it’s an old fashioned concept album that will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and deservedly so, as far as grand undertakings go, it deserves to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the business!

A bold statement indeed but this is made even more impressive when you consider the band doesn’t comprise of banks of musicians, all busy tinkering and shaping the music, but a three-piece makes up the core of the album and the only people brought in are actors to voice the character parts of the story.

Set in the future, a wise-cracking drunk scientist is informed that his ex, another scientist who was working on a teleportation system, has been murdered and he’s then thrown into a world of shady characters and a plot to rival any great sci-fi film.

It plays out like a well-paced radio drama, with sound effects, believable soundbites and very strong songs. This could well work on stage by having the same treatment as ‘War of The Worlds’ because there is enough variation in the music to keep you interested but also keeping the songs connected.

The music itself is not too far away from prog-rock, this style of music suits the sci-fi narrative perfectly and there are hints and nods to Genesis, Dream Theater, Rush and, more currently, the music of The Claypool Lennon Delirium (which is a homage to the great prog-rock bands of the 70’s). The music is stitched together nicely, it’s no wonder that the album took five years to complete, it’s an intricate work, and, with twenty eight songs, not something that can be knocked up during a summer break with a bunch of pals.

The bass chugs along with a muted grunt, very Roger Waters’ like, but perfectly balanced to encourage and enhance rather than crave the spotlight, allowing the music to sound as a complete part, but the drums are a different story.

The drummer is having his best time ever! Aside from the shifting rhythms, the drums drive everything on, keeping the energy moving and never letting you forget that this is a rock album.

So, once this review is done, the album will no doubt find a residence in my car, it’s an album to take in and experience, it’s not a throwaway album at all, too much good work has gone into it. I could go into the tracks, write about my favourite song, discussing the ins and outs of the production but the truth is, sometimes it’s better to just listen, rather than read about something, so go, go now and experience this for yourselves…

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