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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.77 | 136 ratings

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4 stars Atheist were one of the most original bands emerged from the death metal infected swamps of Florida in the late 80s. What so unique was in this band is the complex structures of the songs: they had riffs that bordered on solos and one of the most twisted, jazz-orientated rhythm section (Flynn/Patterson) in the metal scene. The genius of Roger Patterson (RIP) shines on the whole album.

The songs tend to be short, focusing on blasting you with a few major riffs and frantic drumwork and incredible bass that complements the guitar almost as a lead instrument. The songs for the most part tend to follow this pattern - they're fast and agressive. Atheist were far ahead of their time, they were leaders, not followers. Similar bands: early Metallica, Cynic, Watchtower, Death, Pestilence, Nocturnus.

Recommended for fans of prog metal, especially the second album "Unquestionable Presence" which features more technicality and diversity. That album was the peak in their short career. If you are interested in something which is completly different from the widely known (so-called) prog metal bands, give the real innovators a chance.

Highlights: Piece of Time, Unholy War, I Deny, No Truth. PS. During their first tour the extremly talented bassplayer Roger Patterson died in a car accident.

"There's no truth"


riversdancing | 4/5 |


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