ATHEIST - Unquestionable Presence

Unquestionable Presence FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 30.08.1991
RECORD COMPANY: Metal Blade Records
USERS RATING: 20 votes

Top 1991: #12
Atheist more
Kelly Shaefer - voce, chitara
Rand Burkey - chitara
Tony Choy - bas
Steve Flynn - tobe

1. Mother Man2. Unquestionable Presence3. Your Life's Retribution4. Enthralled in Essence5. An Incarnation's Dream6. The Formative Years7. Brains8. And the Psychic Saw

1991 was a golden year for rock listeners: albums such A Sense Of Change - Sieges Even, The Black Album- Metallica, Horrorscope - Overkill, Human - Death, Angel Rat - Voivod, Nevermind - Nirvana, Blood Sugar Sex Magic - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ten - Pearl Jam... and the list goes on. But now we are talking about the most relevant album in death metal to date (and honestly, probably the most relevant since then, too). 


This album has the power to make you want to start playing the drums, the bass guitar, smoke weed, open your mind (if until then you were only listening to death/black metal) to other musical styles such as jazz, Latino music and rhythms and progressive, to buy white Nike high-tops, to stop dressing only in black... practically to change completely. All death metal bands, both the ones from Florida and the rest, acknowledge Atheist as the first to integrate other genres into death metal and had the most enviable rhythm section (the prodigy Steve Flynn on drums and the Jaco Pastoriuses of metal, Roger Patterson, and Tony Choy on the bass). Atheist still remain the most innovative death metal band. Cynic was created from the musical concept of Atheist, Chuck Schuldiner of Death suddenly changed the style on Spiritual Healing to a more technical one from Human on (and got his vocal pitch higher) also due to Atheist, Pestilence “poached” Tony Choy while he was recording this album to change their style to a more technical one... And so un, until today, when bands such as The Faceless, Dillinger Escape Plan and Dark Tranquillity owe their existence to Atheist, and this album in particular. 


Nothing had sounded like this album until it was released and nothing has surpassed it ever since. No matter how many times you listen to it, it always has new details to reveal and sounds as fresh as when you first heard it.

Unquestionable Presence benefits from the classic sound of the Morrisound studios in Florida, bearing Scott Burns’ signature, a superb cover that is at the same time different from all the corpses on the covers of fellow bands of the period and, last but not least, from four musicians who knew how to bring together different elements in perfect taste in order to create such an album. An album that surprises you from the first two bass notes opening it and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the gong on the last song, when the listener can’t believe it’s really over already. An album that does not betray death metal’s brutality for a single moment, but opens the door to a new genre that is very sought after these days: technical/progressive death metal.

Matei T. more Nota: 10

Posted at 13:27 |  29 Iulie 2010  | 5 Comments  | 3664 Views

Comment on: Unquestionable Presence

  • Mai tineti minte cuma sunat And The Psychic Saw la Studio Martin? Pentru norocosii ce au fost acolo, desigur.

    De vis albumul. Chiar am si tricou cu coperta lui... cumparat tot din seara acelui concert magnific din 2007.

    1. Posted by Fantotzii | 30 Iulie 2010 16:22
  • Sunt curios cum va suna noul album. Daca mai pot compune ceva de calitatea alora vechi, daca pastreaza stilul de atuci (interesant cum vor suna cu noua tehnologie de inregistrare) sau incearca ceva nou si riscant.

    2. Posted by Arthur | 31 Iulie 2010 15:24
  • Personal nu ma misca nici ei, nici scena pe care au creat-o.

    3. Posted by Geralt de Rivia | 31 Iulie 2010 17:52
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