Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Atheist - Elements

8/10

This album was only recorded due to a contractual obligation, as the band wanted to break up after Unquestionable Presence. Despite the fact that it was recorded under duress and all the material was written and recorded in less than six weeks, it's still pretty good. It's probably the least of Atheist's three albums, and it's definitely more melodic and accessible than the other two, but it's still pretty strong. There's a little more obvious Latin influence, especially on the instrumental track "Samba Briza," with its Latin guitar and piano playing. It's also longer than the previous two albums, although a few tracks sound a bit like filler. All in all, it's a fitting end to the band's all-too-short career.

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