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Release date: 30 August 1991
Style: Technical death metal

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8.7 | 367 votes

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01. Mother Man
02. Unquestionable Presence
03. Retribution
04. Enthralled In Essence
05. An Incarnation's Dream
06. The Formative Years
07. Brains
08. And The Psychic Saw

[2005 Relapse re-release bonus tracks]
[1989/1990 pre-production demo (feat. Roger Patterson)]
09. Enthralled In Essence
10. The Formative Years
11. Unquestionable Presence
12. An Incarnation's Dream
13. Retribution [instrumental version]
14. Brains [instrumental version]

[1990 demo (feat. Roger Patterson)]
15. Enthralled In Essence
[Drum & Bass Tracks]
16. Mother Man
[Rhythm Tracks]
17. And The Psychic Saw

Top 20 albums of 1991: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 179

Review
Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Kelly Shaefer - vocals, guitar
Rand Burkey - guitar
Tony Choy - bass
Steve Flynn - drums


Additional info
Recorded at Morrisound, Tampa, Florida.
Produced by Atheist and Scott Burns with special thanks to Tom Morris.
Cover artwork by Justice Mitchell.

All the bass parts for this album were composed by Roger Patterson before his death, while Tony Choy contributed as a composer only on Mother Man and And The Psychic Saw.

Guest review by
Horlequism

Rating:
9.0
The "jazz/metal" band Atheist released their second album in 1991 entitled Unquestionable Presence. Former bassist Roger Patterson was sadly killed in a car accident. New bassist Tony Choy is a master of the bass; he adds a whole new layer to the band's sound. Choy provides down-tuned funk slapping, blindingly fast picking among other things that increase the richness of Atheist. Vocalist Kelly Shaefer returns with his shrieking growls. Many fans say that this was the last Atheist album where his death metal throaty growls were displayed.

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published 13.06.2006 | Comments (17)

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DP_Megachiva - 08.03.2010 at 06:00  
Rating: 10 Amazing album
BeastOfMetal456 - 18.08.2011 at 00:21  
  I heard one track and it seems amazing.
Metalex - 04.11.2011 at 20:10  
  I love this albulm CHEERS aLL!
musicalkaratekid - 07.04.2012 at 19:42  
Rating: 9 One of those albums that truly take more than a couple of listens to understand and grasp every one if its features. The jazz rhythm and influences are perfectly clear and obvious, though sometimes the tempo can change and it doesn't quite flow as well as it should. What is on this album is absolutely brilliant as a whole, but i would have liked it to last a bit more (it barely reaches over 32 minutes!)-however, everything here seems to be precise and concise. I must be one of the few that prefer 'Elements' by a margin...
megadeath13 - 21.01.2013 at 19:23  
  Technical Death metal bands Atheist finest work. Love the jazzy feeling and the epic solos.
Illog1cal - 05.06.2013 at 21:11  
  Not a dull moment on this, I like all of the songs. 'Mother Man', 'Enthralled In Essence' (epic outstanding solos) and 'An Incarnation's Dream' are the standouts for me.

There is still nothing in the technical death metal spectrum that quite equals the quality of this release.
@gent_-_orange - 05.06.2013 at 21:24  
 
Written by Guest on 05.06.2013 at 21:11

Not a dull moment on this, I like all of the songs. 'Mother Man', 'Enthralled In Essence' (epic outstanding solos) and 'An Incarnation's Dream' are the standouts for me.

There is still nothing in the technical death metal spectrum that quite equals the quality of this release.

I would take Cynic's Focus over this any day of the week. But you are right this album is pretty damn good.
NocturnalStalker - 05.07.2013 at 17:24  
Rating: 9 This is a classic of tech death metal. Even though I prefer "Elements" over this album, I still like it a lot.
Deadmeat - 23.10.2013 at 00:39  
Rating: 7 I see complexity, i see progressive elements, i see great musical skills but i cannot see musicianship...
TrollandDie - 14.03.2014 at 16:54  
Rating: 10 Absolute masterpiece. Love it more every time I go back to it.
deadone - 17.03.2014 at 00:48  
Rating: 7
Written by Deadmeat on 23.10.2013 at 00:39

I see complexity, i see progressive elements, i see great musical skills but i cannot see musicianship...



I certainly prefer Piece of Time and Elements over this one. The songs just don't seem as strong.

I wonder if Roger Patterson's death had anything to do with that?

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