Friday, September 11, 2009

Atheist - Unquestionable Presence: Live at Wacken

6/10

This is a pretty solid live performance by the recently reformed incarnation of Atheist. Unfortunately, some bizarre decisions drag this release down. For some reason, they named this after Atheist's second release despite the fact that there are live tracks from Piece of Time as well. But the biggest mistake they made was making this a two-disc release, with the second disc being a compilation of studio tracks. Why the hell did they do this? Atheist only had three studio albums, and anyone interested in this disc would probably own them already. Put out a compilation if you must, but don't attach it to a live album.
And what makes matters even worse is that out of the eleven songs on the second disc, no less than six were performed live on the first! More than half of the second disc is made even more redundant as a result. This is nothing but money-grubbing on the part of the record label, and mars an otherwise great live effort.
It's a crying shame that they didn't make this two separate releases, because the live performance is really good, with everyone in fine form (although I'll admit that Kelly Schaefer's stage banter is beyond retarded, and I would have liked to hear something off of Elements). It's just a shame that there's no 1-disc release (at least so far).

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