Sunday, February 1, 2009

Atheist - Piece of Time

9/10

Wow, this is a great debut. Kelly Schaefer's vocals are in the Chuck Schuldiner raspy style instead of the stereotypical death metal "Cookie Monster" style, and they fit the music perfectly. The mix is split between vocals, guitars, bass and drums in a much more even fashion than most extreme metal albums; the bass is practically a lead instrument at some points. However, the songwriting is excellent, and not nearly as boring as some later tech-death bands; it's not complicated just for the sake of being complicated.. This is amazingly advanced stuff for 1989 (although it wasn't released in the US until 1991); some would call it the first technical death metal album ever. My only real complaints are about some cheesy vocals synths on the last track and that the album's just over half an hour long; it'll leave you begging for more.

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