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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.20 | 337 ratings

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The Crow
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3 stars Second Atheist effort and a true classic of the tech-extreme metal subgenre!

The band repeated with the producer Scott Burns to travel further into their fusion between the death metal of the 90's with jazz elements, avant-garde and progressive metal, all that played at an incredible speed and with an outstanding technique.

Nevertheless, though I admire the expertise of these musicians with their respective instruments, I find this album a bit dry and repetitive in the long term. It's much more evolved that Piece of Time, which was more straightforward death metal despite having also tons of fusion elements, but it's not catchy enough for me to resist a regular listen out.

Maybe it is because all the songs sound very similar despite their thousand changes and different rhythms, or maybe the boring vocals, but Unquestionable Presence is just not my cup of tea.

Best Tracks: Unquestionable Presence (incredible syncopated bass), Enthralled in Essence (very good initial guitar melody and great guitar solos) and And the Psychic Saw (the most progressive and positive song of the album)

Conclusion: it's obvious that this album is a technical wonder and it contains an incredible interpretation from every member of the band, especially Choy and Fynn in bass and drums respectively, but in my opinion it lacks something to be really catchy and thrilling.

Nevertheless, Unquestionable Presence is interesting enough to make me want to hear the posterior Elements and the much more recent Jupiter.

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |


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