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  • Atheist - Unquestionable Presence

    Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
    1991 Active Records


Atheist - Unquestionable Presence

1991 Active Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-01

Things are both tighter and looser on Unquestionable Presence. More of a fusion album than death metal, production is better (courtesy of Scott Burns...), with the music going in 6,000 directions at once. The bass playing is more pronounced (Tony Choy was loaned from Cynic after the death of Roger Patterson in a car accident) and together with Drummer Steve Flynn, forms a rhythm structure which works well, but is just all over the place, playing probably whatever came to mind in the studio. The guitar sound is crystal clear, and the musicianship is excellent. As with the previous release, a short album (both are around 32 minutes in length) but there is more than enough here to keep you busy. Just try to follow along with the intro of the title track! Again, purists may be turned off by the jazzy feel, but Unquestionable Presence is in my opinion, one of the finest progressive metal albums recorded.