Another metal classic has been released on the Relapse Alumni Bandcamp. This time it is Atheist's Unquestionable Presence from 1991. A groundbreaking album in being possibly the first to mix death metal with actual jazz (or jazz fusion really). The musicianship is a display of virtuosity, originality, and technicality. And yes, you get jazzy breakdowns and weird time signatures, but also brilliant riffs and great songwriting, all combined into an album that is both intricate and approachable.
The Relapse Alumni version of Unquestionable Presence is the 2005 re-release featuring additional pre-production and instrumental versions of many of the songs. Relapse also added, three, other Atheist albums while they were at it (and over on the Season of Mist Bandcamp you can find Atheist's 2010 comeback album Jupiter). Here are reviews from AllMusic and From the Dust Returned, and a 20 year anniversary article about Unquestionable Presence from Invisible Oranges.
[Go to the post to view the Bandcamp player]