Epitomises the technical death metal sound that Atheist pioneered

Seventeen years from their last album and it’s like Atheist never left.

Bands that have come back from such a long hiatus can often miss the mark, trying to create something modern and new, rather than being who they are.Atheist are quite possibly more themselves now than 17 years ago. Jupiter epitomises the technical death metal sound that Atheist pioneered.

“Second to Sun” opens the album with an onslaught of drums and ruthless riffs. The raspy, alluring howl of vocalist Kelly Shaefer is not widely seen in metal today, but Atheist wouldn’t be the same without it. The ambush of furious drumming and technical, relentless guitar work is never ending on this forty-minute record. Only fairly short, but any longer and it really would have been too much. While the turmoil of instruments is brutal and practically flawless, the production throws all musical nuances in your face, allowing no room to appreciate most of the technicality and almost makes things seem to busy.

The lyrical theme of spirituality and distrust of organised religion runs through the length of this album, but honestly does anyone listen to Atheist for the lyrics? It’s the complete frenzy of drums and guitar that abandon all melody, but still sounds so perfect that’s wanted. Jupiter does not disappoint with lack of aggression and wild musicianship. “Live, and Live Again” is a highlight on the album, with interesting effects and the minor stripped down section which leaves the drums as the only instrument under Shaefer’s vocals. “Third Person” concludes the album with a barrage of fervent technical prog-death metal that will leave your head banging long after the music ends.

1. Second to Sun
2. Fictitious Glide
3. Fraudulent Cloth
4. Live and Live Again
5. Faux King Christ
6. Tortoise then Titan
7. When the Beast
8. Perdition