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Elements Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Editorial Reviews


1. Green
2. Water
3. Samba Briza
4. Air
5. Displacement
6. Animal
7. Mineral
8. Fire
9. Fractal Point
10. Earth
11. See You Again
12. Elements
13. Unquestionable Presence
14. On They Slay
15. Enthralled In Essence
16. The Formative Years
17. Mother Man
18. Retribution

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 30, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B000AL8VNM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Brackeen on January 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Atheist are truly no doubt one of the most inhumanly talented, original sounding, and influentual progressive/technical death metal bands that I've ever heard in my life, and I sure don't regret getting into them one bit. Their third and final album 1993's "Elements" is just an absolutely amazing, unique atmospheric, mindsweeping progressive/technical death metal masterpiece, and it's also their most jazz oriented album as well. While I do love both "Piece of Time" and "Unquestionable Presence", "Elements" is my favorite album by Atheist. True this album may be more jazz oriented and that's very cool, but it's still very heavy and technical too. This incredible monster of an album has absolutely everything from crazy mindsweeping guitar riffs and solos, to thrashy Kreator-esque vocals and intelligent lyrics and songwriting, to awesome jazzy basslines and amazing drumming, I mean it will just take your breath away.

An interesting fact about "Elements" is, that it was written, recorded and mixed in 40 days in the studio. Back then, the band wanted to break up but they needed to finish their three album contract to their record label. This album also features a third guitarist by the name of Frank Emmi. Personally I find it rather interesting and fun to hear three guitars thrashing it out. Kelly Shaefer (who also does vocals) takes over rhythm guitar duties on this album, while Frank Emmi and Rand Burkey deliver and simply amaze the listener with awesomely breathtaking guitar solo after guitar solo throughout. Tony Choy's basslines are just absolutely jazzy, funky, thunderous, and ungodly throughout making this album heavily bass-driven. The drumming is also tight, precise, and downright amazing throughout with lots of funky beats and solid odd time signatures.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By General Zombie on December 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
'Unquestionable Presence' is pretty universally esteemed as the best Atheist album, but I easily prefer 'Elements'. 'Elements' isn't as wild and frenetic as that album, but it's still pretty out there, with mind-boggling basswork from Choy, more powerful vox than ever before, and actual melody. Some people put a premium on complexity alone- I'm not one of them. What can I say, I like things that are, gasp, memorable with technicality and complexity underlying it to give it some depth. Well sure, there are plenty of albums I like a lot that are so unconventional that nothing whatsoever sticks for a great many listens, but I like balance better, and that's what 'Elements' has got. Choruses are more prominent here than in the previous Atheist albums, and they are pretty great at times. (See the absolutely thunderous bass-driven refrain to 'Water' and the strangely ominous, repetitive 'Mineral'.) This album is also probably the cleanest, purest blend of metal and jazz that I've heard, combining them smoothly rather than just throwing a bunch of jazzy interludes between the off-time, chunky metal riffs. This is also the most bass driven metal album I've ever heard, but it's mixed loudly enough that it doesn't diminish the intensity too much. Again, you just can't say enough about Choy's performance. Perhaps the most entertaining bass performance I've ever heard on a metal album. Of course, all the guys in Atheist are great instrumentalists, with tons of great leads and a strong sense of groove all thru the album.

On top of the absolutely great album this re-issue actually gives us some very good bonus tracks in the form of a 6-song live on the radio broadcast. 5 of the songs are from 'Unquestionable Presence', and they sound better and clearer here than they do on that album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on January 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Athiest was a name in metal that i had always read good things about, but was never able to get ahold of their long out-of-print records to find out for myself. from what i understand, i was not alone in this boat. well, all you progressive, technical metal heads out there need to get on your knees and thank Relapse records for doing us all a favour and re-releasing these seminal chunks of exquisite, over-the-top musical masterpieces. Elements is an album that works on every level imagineable, and it is completely fulfilling in all it's glorious aspects. when listening to this amazing album, it seems that Athiest's attempt was to reach farther than any other metal band had ever done....not with ultimate speed, or the most technicaly-demanding riff; but with a songcraft that has a clear, concise scope and concept. embellished with enough hooks and differention that allows each cut to stand out from every other track, yet retains an overall unified theme. thankfully, the goals were reached and greatly exceeded! sitting down and listening to this album you notice how well the songs are paced. there is alot of different things going on...crazy sweeping guitars, thrashy vocals, jazzy bass and amazing drumwork that will confound the most experienced air-drummer...(haha)...but thanks (in no small part) to an outstanding production job and flawless playing; every instrument is crystal clear and the songs never get mired down in their own excess. every musician is allowed plenty of space to breathe and grow within these compositions. it's mind-boggling to listen to these recordings and read the liner notes telling of how the band had only 40 days to write and record this entire album! wow! and i! i guess this is a good example of working well under pressure.Read more ›
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