What has been said about Man Made Origin:
"Man Made Origin refer to the term "progressive metal" and note to their influences bands like Opeth, Pink Floyd, Deathspell Omega, Porcupine Tree or even The Ocean. I point this out so clearly, because I am still at lack of clear words for this musical trip." ~ mega-metal.de (Germany)
"A very unique and seriously catchy sound... with technical proficiency that Rush would be proud of" ~ Invernessgigs.co.uk (United Kingdom)
"More mature than a mouldy block of cheese" ~ UK Metal Underground (United Kingdom)
"A band with clear goals that I guarantee they'll achieve" ~ MHB Radio (United States)
mega-metal.de review November 2011, featured as demo of the month (translated from original in German):
Very interesting indeed! This Scottish quartet presents itself pretty powerful but very opulent with their full length debut. The seven songs, that bring it to a cycle time of 61 minutes, include a 218-page (!) ebook. I'm just the total opposite of a bookworm and therefore I concentrate solely on music. And that works even without the self-penned (Karl Marx devoted) story. Man Made Origin refer to the term "progressive metal" and note to their influences bands like Opeth, Pink Floyd, Deathspell Omega, Porcupine Tree or even The Ocean. I point this out so clearly, because I am still at a lack of clear words for this musical trip. A journey through a "false consciousness" to elucidate your own. The opening track "Faith of the Verse" begins with more subdued acoustic sounds, then the rudder suddenly rips around with black metal-like guitar riffs, then shines with reasonable clean vocals and a pleasant, extensive end-solo. What at first may seem confusing, is primarily designed for the creation of atmosphere, because jazzy capers are definitely not here. Each part has its meaning in the concept. The interplay between some rabid outbreaks (due to the transparent production, they never sound overcharged) and the many quiet, profound passages is already mature and makes me nearly ignore the one or the other length during these calm moments. The grand finale is the 20-minute "Into The Darkness", in which the ever-increasing solo part sometimes even reminds me of Paradise Lost "Shades Of God" at times.
Conclusion: A very ambitious work from a band that has the potential to achieve definitely more in future. Man Made Origin is a band to keep your eye on in the future. (sw)
Concept of the record:
The story of the record is set in an alternate universe where the Roman Empire continued far
into the future, fully colonizing not only Earth (Romanorum Terra) but more than 22 colonies on
other planets. The main character Titus Cassius (who is a member of one of Rome’s oldest and most
respected families and a General in the Roman Legion) stumbles across a network of well-funded
terrorists which have been preparing for hundreds of years to overthrow Roman domination of the
universe. They hold similar ideals to those from the ‘Exodus’ (ideology based on Marxism); an event in
the past where the exploited peoples of Earth left to start anew on a distant planet
when faster than light technology became available. Titus and the Emperor of Rome assume that these
terrorists and the people from the fabled Exodus are one and the same. Titus therefore embarks on a mission to find
this home world and to eliminate it. Once he discovers the planet, it becomes apparent that these people
are not the misguided terrorists but have created a genuine utopian world; free of inequality and greed.
In seeing this Titus travels back to Earth to try to enlighten humanity about what he has experienced,
it however becomes quickly apparent that the capitalist Roman society cannot be changed, as it has
evolved down a path which has led to ingrained ideas that cannot be altered or erased.
Note: The 218-page ebook of short stories embedded on the CD with the physical copy of the record (six panel digipack format), is available for free download from the bands official website (manmadeorigin.com) and adds a unique level of immersion to 'False Consciousness'.