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JUPITER

Atheist

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.31 | 90 ratings

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Rune2000
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3 stars Atheist has been a highly influential band during my youth. I honestly can't remember the day when I heard Unquestionable Presence, one might almost say that it's presence was indeed unquestionable in my mind!

Naturally, I got very existed when I heard that the band members began working on new material and that an actual new release was on the way, more than 15 years after Elements! Expectations were high on my part, even though it felt unimaginable that the quartet would be able compare themselves to all the great Technical Death Metal bands that have risen over the last decade.

I got the album pretty early on, around December 2010, but I actually didn't put it in my CD player until around Christmas time. I guess that I really felt like the album deserved my undivided attention and that it felt better to wait than get a so-so first experience in passive listening mode. I was positively surprised upon my first spin when I realized that the band were still capable to play in a higher league than I originally gave them credit for! The band was so good that they almost seemed unrecognizable in their approach the craft of technical playing. Unfortunately, this was also the reason why I felt a bit disconnected with the Atheist that I heard on this release. That's probably the main reason behind me abandoning Jupiter after only a few spins and I haven't really revisited the album until today while writing this review.

I honestly can't say that I find this album interesting enough. Yes, Atheist does exactly what they need to in order to fit into the new world of Tech Metal but I lack the that little extra effort which would take them a step into their own unique direction. At the same time, I can hardly consider the album a total failure and I'm sure that it will grow on me over time, but a new Unquestionable Presence it is not.

**** star songs: Second To Sun (4:02) Fraudulent Cloth (3:22) Faux King Christ (4:00) Tortoise The Titan (3:38) When The Beast (4:55)

*** star songs: Fictitious Glide (4:51) Live And Live Again (3:37) Third Person (4:08)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |

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