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Unquestionable Presence


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Active
  • ASIN: B00001ZTT0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan 2003
Format: Audio CD
UNQUESTIONABLE PRESENCE is perhaps THE finest example of technical death metal...ever! Atheist's trademark progressive jazz tendencies, combined with crushing riffs, blistering solos and innovative time changes make this album the most essential prog-metal ever released...Bar none!!!
Anyone who likes Cynic, Pestilence, Spiral Architect...Or indeed anyone under the prog-metal umbrella is making an ENORMOUS MISTAKE by NOT owning this album...
If you are unfamiliar with progressive metal, then I suggest you give this a listen, it is a true masterpiece...And it should be UNQUESTIONABLY PRESENT in everyones collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Make it your mission to find this CD at all costs!! 31 Oct 2003
By C. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Unquestionable Presence is without a doubt one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard. The music is so amazing that I found myself to be mesmerized the entire way through. Each song is a heavy, complex masterpiece that will make your jaw drop every single time. No doubt Atheist's best album, and quite possibly one of the best albums ever by any band in history.
Sadly, you will have a hard time coming across this rare gem. I paid big bucks to get my greedy little hands on this CD, but it was worth 3 times as much as I paid. It's really that good. This album is long out of print, which is really a shame considering what a treasure it really is. My advice to anyone reading this is to scour record stores(not major chain stores, but small independent stores,) and check amazon, half.com, and ebay daily for someone selling this, and pay whatever price necessary. However, you will never catch me selling my copy, I promise. Good luck to you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unquestionably their best Album 7 Sep 2005
By Zander Haberstaft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While their first album was an interesting design in how to make extreme music more progressive, this album was like the holy grail of relevations in progressive metal.

Atheist's movement to Death Records (division of Metal Blade) turned out to be worth it because they got to have their album produced by death metal mastermind Scott Burns. Burns is a great producer and it shows on this album. Some of the other albums he produced at the time were Obituary's "The End Complete", Death's "Human" and "Individual Thought Patterns".

Atheist had an incomparable sound, and they were definitely more fusionistic than Cynic who kept a Death Metal structure as thier base and peppered the music with other forms of music. Atheist had more of the blend going for them.

Patterson wrote some good bass lines and I suppose Tony Choy performed them with a lot of slap on the bass. What other metal bands had slap bass besides Faith No More? Burkey and the guitars switch off between the heavy and the cool interludes. Flynn drumming goes from exceptable to annoyning and then to great -its schizophrenic at best. Contrary to what most people labeled this band "death-jazz", the music is more apt to being called progressive death metal with funk overtones. Flynn's drumming has little if nothing to do with anything remotely jazz based -it's still good though. (These guys probably couldn't tell you anything about Jaco Pastorius, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter or Herbie Hancock...let alone listen to their music. Not to take anything away from Atheist's playing it is just that half my music collection is about every form of jazz and this ain't jazz.) Schaefer's vocals have a shrieking nature to them but are inoffensive and blend well with the music. The song writting and the accompaniments are good, they screw with time signatures a little bit too which is good. Most importantly it is BOTH heavy and progressive -something which Atheist's contemporary followers couldn't do.

Fear not this is still a heavy album and is much heavier than Cynic's 1993 album Focus. Unfortunately for Atheist's last album they would not repeat the formula as they did on this 1991 masterpiece. And now they remastered it and you don't have to spend $80 on getting it. (I got lucky, I bought when it came out.)
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Incredible!! 4 Aug 2003
By Metal Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
first off, you need to find this album SOMEWHERE!!! very hard to find! Atheist is a band that plays Technical death jazz style metal and the album illustrates all the abilities that this band has to offer. If you like technical Metal or progressive Metal.... if you like bands like Death, Nocturnus, Cynic, Watchtower, Spiral Architect, or Sceptic,, you must pick this up if u can find it!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Progressive/Technical Metal band Atheist 26 Jan 2005
By Tom Servo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow! That is the word that came to mind when I heard this. Unquestionable Presence came out in 1991, the same year as Death-Human and Meshuggah-Contradictions Collapse. Clearly, change was in the air at this time. Bands were trying new things, and metal was becoming more complex and sophisticated. Though sometimes overlooked, Atheist was a pioneering force in this movement. Each song on this album is like a festival of great riffs, alternating between harmonized twin guitar parts and utterly delicious thrash/speed metal sections. The vocals are primitive screams that vary in intensity, sounding like a full-fledged snarl most of the time, but almost like a speaking voice in some parts. Forget all the arguments about pointless technicality with no direction, because this is technical music that really takes you somewhere. Complex arrangements, stop and start riffing, dual guitar harmonies, fluid solos, technical drumming, integral bass guitar action. The songs seem to evolve naturally, with each new riff sounding like the most logical progression from the last.
Unquestionable Excellence 7 July 2014
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In 1991, Atheist tragically lost their gifted bass player, Roger Patterson, in a car accident. Although it was a devastating blow to the band, they recruited Tony Choy to take up bass duties and recorded their already-written second album, “Unquestionable Presence.” As far as I know, this is the last original recording featuring songs he helped write, and the album is dedicated to him. This remastered version even includes some demo tracks for songs on the album that Patterson recorded before the accident, which is an incredible treat for any Atheist fan. They showed remarkable growth from their debut, “Piece of Time,” to their sophomore release. The songwriting got tighter and more controlled, and the band became more comfortable experimenting with styles outside of death metal or thrash. Kelly's vocals began to have more voice mixed in with the screeching and growling, and he and lead guitarist Rand Burkey incorporate more clean guitar passages and jazzy verses. Every song offers a plethora of riffs, as they fluidly transition from one to the next, rarely repeating the same riff twice. The level of musicianship is pretty ridiculous. Steve Flynn is just as inhuman behind the kit as on the first album, and Tony Choy does Patterson's memory proud with frolicking, energetic performances on every song. It's another short album, just like their debut, with only eight songs and a little over thirty minutes. But it's a COMPACT thirty minutes, with so many musical ideas within each song that they all seem longer. Atheist knew exactly how to leave you wanting more, and “Unquestionable Presence” is the perfect example. One of the truly mesmerizing albums of the early '90's extreme metal scene, it deserves respect from anyone who appreciates heavy music.
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