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UNQUESTIONABLE PRESENCE

Atheist

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.16 | 220 ratings

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Venusfly91
4 stars An album loaded with some jazz fusion segments and some heavily busy rhythmic workout that sometimes tends to toss some pointless things at you. Some of it includes a bass line on "Incantation's Dream" that just feels tacked on or some riffs. Other times, there's some chugging riffs to fill some time.

Fortunately for a majority of this album, these problems are rather few and doesn't get in the way of the stellar song writing. Some well placed jazz fusion segments adds some nice atmosphere to the music too and flows with the music.

By the way, the lyrics are quite interesting, covering things like the worsening future

"And so the psychic saw meaningful ends Become the meaning of it all To set the stage for the fears that will be To pull the curtain for the whole world to see" - from "The Psychic Saw"

psychology

"Insecurity is merely your fear Of maybe the outside Hearing what you hear Don't let 'em see, can't let 'em hear" - from "Brains" (you thought it was going to be about gore didn't you? Don't lie.)

and the environment

"What man creates man will surely destroy The rule of thumb In the mouths of little boys Earth spins delight We kill everything in sight To serve the needs And all purple skies will bleed

And a bird flies weak Against polluted skies Before it dies And nature becomes illegal According to rules Made by fools"

So yeah, it's overall not your typical death/prog metal band.

8.5/10

Venusfly91 | 4/5 |

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