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Release date: 1989
Style: Technical death metal


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01. Piece Of Time
02. Unholy War
03. Room With A View
04. On They Slay
05. Beyond
06. I Deny
07. Why Bother?
08. Life
09. No Truth
10. No Truth [demo] [2005 re-release bonus]
11. On They Slay [demo] [2005 re-release bonus]
12. Choose Your Death [demo] [2005 re-release bonus]
13. Brain Damage [demo] [2005 re-release bonus]
14. Beyond [demo] [2005 re-release bonus]
15. Hell Hath No Mercy [demo] [2005 re-release bonus]
16. On They Slay [demo] [2005 re-release bonus]
17. Brain Damage [demo] [2005 re-release bonus]
18. Undefiled Wisdom [demo] [2005 re-release bonus]

Lyrics (9)

Kelly Schaefer - vocals, guitar
Rand Burkey - guitar
Steve Flynn - drums
Roger Patterson - bass

Additional info
Produced by Atheist and Scott Burns.
Executive producer: Borivoj Krgin.
Engineered by Scott Burns.
Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida in November-December 1988.
Mastered by Mike Fuller at Fullersound, Miami, Florida.
Front cover illustration and logo by Ed Repka.
Art direction and design by Mark Weinberg.
Back cover photograph by Tim Hubbard.

Guest review by

Florida gives the technical death metal scene an interesting band in Atheist. It took Atheist four years to release a proper demo due to constant instability with member changes. After 1988's demo Beyond, Piece of Time was finally released on Active Records. The heavily diverse jazz/fusion technical death metal pioneer debut here with an intriguing marriage of two genres: jazz fusion and death/thrash metal. The combination of soothing cool musical aesthetics with tight metallic technicality and brutal death is highly innovative.

published 06.06.2006 | Comments (9)

Found in 17 lists
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Erik M. A List Of Great Debut Albums  | #85
@gent_-_orange The @gents Old School Death Metal / Not So Old School Grindcore List  | #14
Guib A Brutal Poem Of Technicalities (Ordered By Years)  | #1
In5anity My share of experime(n)tal music and other innovative stuff  | #99
Hazelnut Nero Progressive Spiritual Euphoria / Best prog Albums Ever .  | #190
Aristarchos First examples of songs in different genres  | #23
gnimas "The Golden Years Of Death Metal"  | #6
Dangerboner Top 25 Albums Of 1990  | #7
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musicalkaratekid - 22.01.2012 at 23:59  
Rating: 9 Absolutely cracking start to a career that would eventually form one of the most innovative and inspiring bands from the 'death metal' tag (though i would just say they were experimental). A powerful opener and closer that stay true to two of my favourite songs from atheist. Great album.
Angry Chair - 10.09.2012 at 20:46  
Rating: 8 Just listened to it. ITS AMAZING.

there is a thrash feel to it imo
JÄY - 11.09.2012 at 23:24  
Rating: 9
Written by Angry Chair on 10.09.2012 at 20:46

there is a thrash feel to it imo

Most definitely....That's the main reason I consider this to be their masterpeice over the next release
Angry Chair - 12.09.2012 at 00:05  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 11.09.2012 at 23:24

Written by Angry Chair on 10.09.2012 at 20:46

there is a thrash feel to it imo

Most definitely....That's the main reason I consider this to be their masterpeice over the next release

Yeah, I do also prefer this one over the next release (unquestionable presence I think its called). I am quite a big fan of thrash metal so I did really enjoy this.
NocturnalStalker - 04.07.2013 at 18:32  
Rating: 8 I like this album and find it really good, but still prefer the next two albums for "Piece of Time" sounds a bit less technical and more thrash-y.

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