Tuesday, 26 August 2014
CD Review: Elements, by Atheist (1993)
On their third album, a contractually-obligated effort, Atheist continue their unique quest to marry good jazz to robust metal. The outcome is Elements, a CD that manages that mix as best at it can be managed, but whether the concept is fundamentally a good idea remains highly questionable.
Elsewhere the content settles into predictable jazz arrangements bulked up by metallic content, and delivered with the band's customary sparse airiness. Good as it is, it remains more of an interesting experiment than an unqualified success.
Kelly Shaefer - Guitar and Vocals
Rand Burkey - Guitar
Frank Emmi - Guitar
Tony Choy - Bass
Josh Greenbaum - Drums
Michael Dissantos replaced Greenbaum on drums after recording but prior to release.
Piano by David Smadbeck.
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Green - 7
2. Water - 7
3. Samba Briza - 8
4. Air - 9
5. Displacement - n/a (short instrumental)
6. Animal - 8
7. Mineral - 7
8. Fire - 7
9. Fractal Point - n/a (short instrumental)
10. Earth - 6
11. See You Again - n/a (short instrumental)
12. Elements - 7
Produced by Atheist and Mark Pinske.
Engineered by Mike Pinske. Mixed by Mike Pinske and Kelly Shaeffer.
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