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3.04 | 7 ratings | 2 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Second to Sun (4:02)

Total Time 4:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Kelly Shaefer / Vocals, Guitars
- Jonathan Thompson / Guitars, Bass
- Chris Baker / Guitars
- Steve Flynn / Drums

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Single, Season of Mist, October 11th, 2010

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ATHEIST Second to Sun ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (14%)

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Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Second To Sun' - Atheist (Single)

It's clear; the boys from Atheist are back.

Taking the death metal world by storm almost twenty years ago with such technical masterpieces as 'Unquestionable Presence' and 'Elements,' Atheist were innovators of the progressive death metal scene early on, and rose to underground fame as pioneers of 'jazz- metal fusion.' Years later, we have been gifted with another offering from these Florida metallers. This single off of the new album 'Jupiter' is a promising peek at the album, and evidence that Atheist hasn't lost their touch over time.

The most evident thing here is the improved production from Atheist's classic work. While underground metal has never been the scene that depends greatly on studio polish, the nice production job makes each technically attuned note crystal clear on a speaker. The actual composition and performance is typical of what you might expect from Atheist, so it should appeal to the existing fans, as well as bring a new generation of fans into reach. Over the course of the song's four minutes, a wide variety of riffs are used, keeping things fresh and feeling very over the place (a positive note for progressive death metal), despite the tightness of the band's craft. The only real concern here is that of the vocal work, and more specifically; the lyrics. While lyrics usually matter little in death metal, it's easy to notice that the lyrics here are very simple and annoying, to the point of shedding a potential layer of the music's depth. Lyrical techniques such as repeating the song title again and again does that lend itself well to a technical metal soundscape... In any case, those who can look past the lyrical shortfalls are in for a treat; the instrumentation itself is fantastic.

After listening to this, I eagerly await 'Jupiter.' While a single track is obviously not a representation of the entire album, the band's technicality and musical skill is shown here in full, meaning they haven't lost their tact over the years. Atheist have certainly lost no steam over the years, and hopefully 'Jupiter' will reflect that consistently.

Review by colorofmoney91
3 stars "Second to Sun" is the single from their recent reunion album "Jupiter", and though it is a great song and lives up to the material that Atheist has done in the past, it still seems like a regression from the fantastic album Elements. This track wouldn't be out of place on their debut album, "Piece of Time". Though this track is less prog and more tech than the band's strongest material, it still is a great example of technical metal. However, this single and the album "Jupiter" is the start of their reunion period, so maybe the band just needed to write this material to work up their chops, and the next album they offer us might be on par with Elements of Unquestionable Presence. One can only hope.

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