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4.20 | 337 ratings

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3 stars The fathers of avant garde death jazz ???

Atheist is for more than 20 years the pile of tech extreme genre with 3 albums, each one with someting to offer, but the middle of those 3 , Unquestionable presence from 1991 is their best - at least 90% of the reviewers said and argued aswell. Now here is my opinion abiut this band and particular this album. Being awere of brutal music from begging of the '90's when I discovered bands like Death, Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Cynic (more or less brutal), etc I gied a try to this band from USA named Athesist. Didn't know anything about them in that period , it was in 1992. From the first listen I was blown away by them, how speedy they manage to play , how brutal but in same time how smooth and inventive with catchy pieces. I was so fascinating ten because they were in same vein with Death who just released Human, or later on Cynic. Atheist was and still remain not an usual death metal band, the growls are on every piece but in a diffren't way as on every death band from that period, the music is death metal to my ears but very updated with jazz and speed elements, combined is Atheist, an unique and solid band from early' 90's. The music is very well played, very strong , the muscianship is excellent, but is but always, sometimes they repet themself to many times on each piece. Then, 16 years I was very impressed about this album , as I said, now today something is diffrent in my view, more I listen more my view about some bands from my youth changed (in better or worse , depends), this time in worse. Noe this album seems to me a good one, no doubt about it, but less convinceing and enjoyble than was 15 years ago. All the pieces has same level, I can't extract one to be the best, anyway they repete to much the same riffs and vocal arrangemets on every piece. That makes me give only 3 stars. Prefer all the way anything Death released over the years in stead of Atheist, Still a strong album in my view but nothing about a masterpiece here.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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